You Can Conquer Pain: How to break the pain cycle and regain control of your life

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Conquer pain without resorting to harmful medicines! That's the promise of this guide written by an internationally recognized expert on holistic health. It offers a wide range of natural approaches, including meditation, hypnotherapy, light and color therapy, herbalism, and more. A special directory lists advice on common problems such as headache, neck and shoulder pain, and backache, while self-help exercises and illuminating diagrams take ...
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You Can Conquer Pain: Break the Pain Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life

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Overview

Conquer pain without resorting to harmful medicines! That's the promise of this guide written by an internationally recognized expert on holistic health. It offers a wide range of natural approaches, including meditation, hypnotherapy, light and color therapy, herbalism, and more. A special directory lists advice on common problems such as headache, neck and shoulder pain, and backache, while self-help exercises and illuminating diagrams take readers on a step-by-step journey to a pain-free life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780281216
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Leon Chaitow is a registered osteopath and naturopath. He is the editor of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and lectures internationally on both bodywork and general health topics from an integrated perspective. Author of more than 60 books, including Holistic Pain Relief, he is also senior lecturer and module leader at the University of Westminster, London.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Understanding Your Pain 10

What is Pain? 12

The Pain Experience 15

Meet the Nervous System 18

Central Sensitization 20

Central Habituation 23

The Stress Effect 25

Help Your Body to Help Itself 28

Inflammation is Good for You 30

The Path to Recovery 32

Keeping a Pain Journal 35

Positive Attitudes 38

Turning the Mental Key 40

Exercise: Unlock Your Potential 43

Family Resilience 44

Mind Over Matter 46

Affirmations 49

Making It Happen 51

Exercise: Problem Solving 55

Finding Peace 56

Release Your Muscles to Release Your Mind 58

Exercise: Progressive Muscular Relaxation 61

Exercise: Autogenic Training 62

Better Breathing 64

Exercise: Breathing to Relax-Relaxing to Breathe 67

Exercise: Pursed-lip Breathing-Encouraging the Diaphragm 69

Exercise: The 7-11 Stress-buster 71

The Power of Meditation 72

Exercise: Introduction to Mindfulness 73

Exercise: Repeat Yourself Calm 75

Exercise: Inspired Meditation 77

The Mind's Eye 78

Exercise: Washing Away Pain 79

Exercise: Visualizing Your Pain 81

Healing Sounds 82

Exercise: Body Tuning 83

Sleeping with Pain 84

Bodywork and Rehabilitation 90

Healing Touch 92

Exercise: A Massage to Relieve Backache 96

Trigger Points 99

Positional Release 101

Exercise: Finding a Position of Ease 102

Stretching 103

Exercise: The Triangle Posture 106

Staying in Shape 108

Exercise: Take a Balanced Approach 111

Complementary Therapies 112

Energy and Harmony 114

Light and Colour 118

Hydrotherapy 120

Exercise: Constitutional Hydrotherapy 121

Nature's Bounty 123

Healing Scents 126

Eating Well 128

Inflammation and Diet 130

Other Diets and Pain 134

The Exclusion Zone 135

Supplements 141

Types of Pain 142

Reading the Signs 144

Common Pains 147

A Pain-by-Pain Directory 149

Headaches 149

Jaw, Face and Tooth Pain 152

Exercise: A Triathlon for Your Jaw 153

Neck and Shoulder Pain 154

Exercise: Rebalance Your Posture 155

Arm and Hand Pain 156

Exercise: "Tennis Elbow" Relief 157

Backache 158

Exercise: Stretching Your Back 160

Chest Pain 161

Bladder, Prostate and Abdominal Pain 162

Gynecological and Childbirth Pain 164

Bodywide Pain 166

A Work in Progress 168

Further Reading 170

References 170

Index 172

Picture Acknowledgments 176

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