Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers


Treatments: Mind-body approaches

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

Other mind-body treatments

BOTTOM LINE: Likely very effective if one is ready to treat mind and body.

In addition to John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release (JFB-MFR) therapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE™), andDr. John Sarno's mind-body approach, two other mind-body modalities I have come across include:

This of course is by no means a comprehensive list, but what I’ve been introduced to through my years of chronic pain. (Note that I have described Yoga under the Exercise heading within the Treatments tab, but it is indeed mind-body treatment as well).

I have not tried dedicated sessions of cranio-sacral therapy (developed by John E. Upledger an osteopathic physician) or energy work such as Reiki (a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation). However, I have had this work done within some JFB-MFR sessions. Since I did not spend much time receiving these treatments, I cannot say if they alone would be effective for me. I do believe, however, that anything that helps move and release energy that is stuck in our bodies could be beneficial.

Many mind-body or alternative treatment methods, unlike “traditional” treatment methods (e.g., painkillers, shots), have been criticized for not having adequate research to back up their claims of effectiveness. However, whichever approach is undertaken, some chronic pain sufferers benefit, some do not.  I believe “non-traditional” methods are worthy of consideration as I have personally experienced pain reduction through mind-body based manual therapy (bodywork), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and SE™, and because they are far less invasive than many traditional approaches.  

Since many mind-body methods require paying for a trained professional, I also strongly advocate low- and no-cost self-healing approaches when possible (for example, exercise, rest, reading, writing, community, meditation/quiet time, self-treatment). But oftentimes we need the guidance and expertise of trained professionals to support us along our healing journeys. I certainly have.