You Can Conquer Pain How to Break the Pain Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-05-01
  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE

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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.

Author Biography

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

Introductionp. 8
Understanding Your Painp. 10
What is Pain?p. 12
The Pain Experiencep. 15
Meet the Nervous Systemp. 18
Central Sensitizationp. 20
Central Habituationp. 23
The Stress Effectp. 25
Help Your Body to Help Itselfp. 28
Inflammation is Good for Youp. 30
The Path to Recoveryp. 32
Keeping a Pain Journalp. 35
Positive Attitudesp. 38
Turning the Mental Keyp. 40
Exercise: Unlock Your Potentialp. 43
Family Resiliencep. 44
Mind Over Matterp. 46
Affirmationsp. 49
Making It Happenp. 51
Exercise: Problem Solvingp. 55
Finding Peacep. 56
Release Your Muscles to Release Your Mindp. 58
Exercise: Progressive Muscular Relaxationp. 61
Exercise: Autogenic Trainingp. 62
Better Breathingp. 64
Exercise: Breathing to Relax-Relaxing to Breathep. 67
Exercise: Pursed-lip Breathing-Encouraging the Diaphragmp. 69
Exercise: The 7-11 Stress-busterp. 71
The Power of Meditationp. 72
Exercise: Introduction to Mindfulnessp. 73
Exercise: Repeat Yourself Calmp. 75
Exercise: Inspired Meditationp. 77
The Mind's Eyep. 78
Exercise: Washing Away Painp. 79
Exercise: Visualizing Your Painp. 81
Healing Soundsp. 82
Exercise: Body Tuningp. 83
Sleeping with Painp. 84
Bodywork and Rehabilitationp. 90
Healing Touchp. 92
Exercise: A Massage to Relieve Backachep. 96
Trigger Pointsp. 99
Positional Releasep. 101
Exercise: Finding a Position of Easep. 102
Stretchingp. 103
Exercise: The Triangle Posturep. 106
Staying in Shapep. 108
Exercise: Take a Balanced Approachp. 111
Complementary Therapiesp. 112
Energy and Harmonyp. 114
Light and Colourp. 118
Hydrotherapyp. 120
Exercise: Constitutional Hydrotherapyp. 121
Nature's Bountyp. 123
Healing Scentsp. 126
Eating Wellp. 128
Inflammation and Dietp. 130
Other Diets and Painp. 134
The Exclusion Zonep. 135
Supplementsp. 141
Types of Painp. 142
Reading the Signsp. 144
Common Painsp. 147
A Pain-by-Pain Directoryp. 149
Headachesp. 149
Jaw, Face and Tooth Painp. 152
Exercise: A Triathlon for Your Jawp. 153
Neck and Shoulder Painp. 154
Exercise: Rebalance Your Posturep. 155
Arm and Hand Painp. 156
Exercise: "Tennis Elbow" Reliefp. 157
Backachep. 158
Exercise: Stretching Your Backp. 160
Chest Painp. 161
Bladder, Prostate and Abdominal Painp. 162
Gynecological and Childbirth Painp. 164
Bodywide Painp. 166
A Work in Progressp. 168
Further Readingp. 170
Referencesp. 170
Indexp. 172
Picture Acknowledgmentsp. 176
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