Freedom from Pain: Discover Your Body's Power to Overcome Physical Pain

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If you are suffering chronic pain-—even after years of surgery, rehabilitation, and medication—only one question matters: How do I find lasting relief? With Freedom from Pain, two pioneers in the field of pain and trauma recovery address a crucial missing factor essential to long-term healing: addressing the unresolved emotional trauma held within the body. Informed by their founding work in the Somatic Experiencing® process and unique insights gleaned from decades of clinical ...

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Overview

If you are suffering chronic pain-—even after years of surgery, rehabilitation, and medication—only one question matters: How do I find lasting relief? With Freedom from Pain, two pioneers in the field of pain and trauma recovery address a crucial missing factor essential to long-term healing: addressing the unresolved emotional trauma held within the body. Informed by their founding work in the Somatic Experiencing® process and unique insights gleaned from decades of clinical success, Drs. Levine and Phillips will show you how to:

Calm the body's overreactive "fight" response to pain

Release the fear, frustration, and depression intensified by prior traumas, and build inner resilience and self-regulation

Relieve pain caused by the aftermath of injuries, surgical procedures, joint and muscle conditions, migraines, and other challenges Whether you're seeking to begin a self-care strategy or amplify your current treatment program, Freedom from Pain will provide you with proven tools to help you experience long-term relief. Includes a complete audio CD of guided practices by the authors.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Brilliant, practical, and wise, this is an enormously helpful book. I cannot recommend this work highly enough."
-Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

"This book is for everyone who wants freedom from pain. These well-respected experts cover all the vital bases to provide the reader with the skills to relieve the many forms of pain. I have read dozens of books on pain relief and the power of the mind for healing, and this is the clearly the best to date."
-Steven Gurgevich, PhD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

"Pain is one of the most complex experiences in our existence and involves the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of our life. Freedom from Pain approaches pain relief from all these dimensions in ways that have been clinically proven to work. Don't let pain dominate your life. Let Drs. Peter Levine and Maggie Phillips be your guides."
-Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

"Pain is unavoidable. Suffering is optional. Nice idea in principle, but how do we make it real? Peter and Maggie show you, step by step."
-Shinzen Young, author of The Science of Enlightenment

"With Freedom From Pain, the enigma of chronic, unrelenting pain seems much less mystifying. The gentle and reassuring approach of Drs. Levine and Phillips offers many practical possibilities for addressing pain with a sense of personal empowerment and a renewed drive toward wellness on all levels. Theirs is a multidimensional approach that holds great promise for providing the relief every person in pain hopes for."
-Michael D. Yapko, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience and Managing Pain With Hypnosis

Library Journal
Therapist Levine (Healing Trauma) and psychologist Phillips (Reversing Chronic Pain) here provide a program of steps to help people suffering from chronic pain. They intend to teach "simple strategies that you can learn to use effectively in order to recruit your body as your main ally in obtaining lasting freedom from both pain and suffering." Their approach is firmly rooted in the mind-body alternative/complementary/integrative side of medicine, although they don't dismiss the benefits of conventional approaches like surgery and medication when appropriate. Levine and Phillips suggest that past traumas, physical and/or psychological, and fear are often at the root of pain's becoming chronic. Their progressive exercises involve such tactics as mindfulness, controlled breathing, grounding, affirmations, and "restoring the deep self." They include a chapter dealing with specific types of pain, such as fibromyalgia, migraine, complex regional pain syndrome, and chronic head, shoulder, and neck pain. VERDICT Appropriate for libraries with alternative medicine collections and patrons with an interest in mind-body approaches to healing.—Dick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604076639
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 203,077
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the creator of Somatic Experiencing® and the author of many highly regarded references on physical and emotional trauma recovery. See traumahealing.com.
Maggie Phillips, PhD, is a psychologist and author who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and trauma. See maggiephillipsphd.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Why We Hurt and How We Suffer 1

Chapter 2 The Pain Trap 19

Chapter 3 Neutralizing the Factors That Cause Chronic Pain 27

Chapter 4 The Journey Back from Unmanageable Pain 53

Chapter 5 Working with Specific Pain Conditions 83

Chapter 6 Preventing and Resolving the Pain of Medical Trauma 117

Chapter 7 Resilience, Continued Recovery, and Restoring the Deep Self 139

Acknowledgments 151

Notes 153

Suggested Reading and Listening 163

Resources 165

Index 173

About the Authors 177

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