Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers


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Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:

Treatments: Psychology-based

Other mind-based approaches (e.g., Inner Journey, hypnosis, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy)

BOTTOM LINE:  Don't know; probably helpful if psychological issues are behind the pain.

In 2007, when I discovered that long buried emotions were behind my chronic pain, my pain decreased significantly. Yet for years afterward I continued to experience daily pain. Thus, in 2009 I attended a retreat called the Inner Journey, which claims it will “have you connect to intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of yourself that you may never have experienced before.”

I attended hoping I would connect with all these parts and that my pain would disappear. During the three-and-a-half day retreat, I came to realize that a past childhood experience had indeed traumatized me in the clinical sense of the word. And while the retreat didn't “cure” my physical pain, it was another step in facing and addressing a past trauma that is linked to my physical pain, which I believe is a necessary step in my long road to recovery.  

I haven't tried therapist-led hypnosisbiofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, or Gestalt therapy but I have certainly considered them, especially since I discovered there was trauma behind my pain (see My Healing Journey). Cost mostly keeps me from trying these, but maybe also a subconscious fear of addressing the strong feelings associated with my underlying trauma. I have addressed them during John F. Barnes myofascial release (JFB-MFR) therapy, talk therapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT) therapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE™), and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, so I know I'm up to the challenge, but it is also exhausting and I often need to take breaks from such emotionally draining treatments.

In 2016, I began looking into self-hypnosis through available on-line sources. I will report on the outcome of this when I have more to tell.