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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 readers on a step-by-step journey to a pain-free life.
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.
Table of Contents
|Understanding Your Pain||p. 10|
|What is Pain?||p. 12|
|The Pain Experience||p. 15|
|Meet the Nervous System||p. 18|
|Central Sensitization||p. 20|
|Central Habituation||p. 23|
|The Stress Effect||p. 25|
|Help Your Body to Help Itself||p. 28|
|Inflammation is Good for You||p. 30|
|The Path to Recovery||p. 32|
|Keeping a Pain Journal||p. 35|
|Positive Attitudes||p. 38|
|Turning the Mental Key||p. 40|
|Exercise: Unlock Your Potential||p. 43|
|Family Resilience||p. 44|
|Mind Over Matter||p. 46|
|Making It Happen||p. 51|
|Exercise: Problem Solving||p. 55|
|Finding Peace||p. 56|
|Release Your Muscles to Release Your Mind||p. 58|
|Exercise: Progressive Muscular Relaxation||p. 61|
|Exercise: Autogenic Training||p. 62|
|Better Breathing||p. 64|
|Exercise: Breathing to Relax-Relaxing to Breathe||p. 67|
|Exercise: Pursed-lip Breathing-Encouraging the Diaphragm||p. 69|
|Exercise: The 7-11 Stress-buster||p. 71|
|The Power of Meditation||p. 72|
|Exercise: Introduction to Mindfulness||p. 73|
|Exercise: Repeat Yourself Calm||p. 75|
|Exercise: Inspired Meditation||p. 77|
|The Mind's Eye||p. 78|
|Exercise: Washing Away Pain||p. 79|
|Exercise: Visualizing Your Pain||p. 81|
|Healing Sounds||p. 82|
|Exercise: Body Tuning||p. 83|
|Sleeping with Pain||p. 84|
|Bodywork and Rehabilitation||p. 90|
|Healing Touch||p. 92|
|Exercise: A Massage to Relieve Backache||p. 96|
|Trigger Points||p. 99|
|Positional Release||p. 101|
|Exercise: Finding a Position of Ease||p. 102|
|Exercise: The Triangle Posture||p. 106|
|Staying in Shape||p. 108|
|Exercise: Take a Balanced Approach||p. 111|
|Complementary Therapies||p. 112|
|Energy and Harmony||p. 114|
|Light and Colour||p. 118|
|Exercise: Constitutional Hydrotherapy||p. 121|
|Nature's Bounty||p. 123|
|Healing Scents||p. 126|
|Eating Well||p. 128|
|Inflammation and Diet||p. 130|
|Other Diets and Pain||p. 134|
|The Exclusion Zone||p. 135|
|Types of Pain||p. 142|
|Reading the Signs||p. 144|
|Common Pains||p. 147|
|A Pain-by-Pain Directory||p. 149|
|Jaw, Face and Tooth Pain||p. 152|
|Exercise: A Triathlon for Your Jaw||p. 153|
|Neck and Shoulder Pain||p. 154|
|Exercise: Rebalance Your Posture||p. 155|
|Arm and Hand Pain||p. 156|
|Exercise: "Tennis Elbow" Relief||p. 157|
|Exercise: Stretching Your Back||p. 160|
|Chest Pain||p. 161|
|Bladder, Prostate and Abdominal Pain||p. 162|
|Gynecological and Childbirth Pain||p. 164|
|Bodywide Pain||p. 166|
|A Work in Progress||p. 168|
|Further Reading||p. 170|
|Picture Acknowledgments||p. 176|
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