If you’re in pain,*
there is a way out.
And if you’re not in pain right now, odds are,
you will be in pain very soon.
I don’t say that to scare you.
I say that to inform you.
-50% of people are currently in pain
-1/3 of people are living in chronic pain
-100 million Americans are in Chronic Pain
Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system.
Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.
Musculoskeletal conditions are the most common cause of severe long term pain and physical disability.
53.9% reported musculoskeletal pain during survey (DS: Dutch Sample)
44.4% reported musculoskeletal pain lasting longer than 3 months (DS)
74.5% reported musculoskeletal pain during the past 12 months (DS)
Unfortunately, the numbers are against you.
There against all of us.
We’re all going to be in pain.
It may be nagging, halting, or energy sucking. Or if we’re really unlucky, it may be agonizing, excruciating, or crippling. At its worst, pain can be life changing. And that’s why we seek professional help. We go to:
-and many other pain relief professionals
What are the results of pain relief interventions? Mixed.
Some people get full relief.
Some people get partial relief.
Some people get no relief.
Some people get more pain.
Pain is a condition that is a mystery…even to the professionals.
Pain was even a mystery to me.
Hi, My name is Frankie.
I worked as a pain relief professional.
I was so good that if I didn’t help my clients,
they didn’t pay.
I helped a lot of people
(most had near complete pain resolution in under an hour)
but the ones that interested me most were the ones I couldn’t help.
About 1-2/10 people that I tried to help I couldn’t.
They didn’t have cancer.
They didn’t have a disease of the nervous system.
They didn’t have visceral (organ) pain.
They didn’t have referred pain from an organic disease.
They just were in (musculoskeletal)* pain.
Just like me.
I was one of those people I couldn’t help…
and no one else could really help me, either.
I was a rare case.
I had something more than chronic pain.
It didn’t just hurt when I did something.
It hurt all the time.
It hurt when I ran.
It hurt when I walked.
It hurt when I stood.
It hurt when I sat.
It hurt when I was lying down.
Hurt and pain almost took my life until I discovered…
THE PAIN PRESCRIPTION (eBook, Digitally Delivered)
Table of Contents (84 pages, 11,141 words)
Before We Begin
Before you can begin addressing your pain issue, you have to ask yourself: Do I need more information or a professional intervention? If it’s information and things you can do yourself, keep reading…
The Optimal Book
If I were in pain, I would want a book that says, “if it hurts here, do this.” And I would do what the book says and I would be out of pain. I read a book similar to that one time…and I developed a chronic pain issue. You need a different kind of book like this one.
Progressive pain prompted me to seek out therapists and teachers. They barely scratched the surface. It was only when I started doing my own research and thinking for myself, that the answer presented itself.
Deep in research, cramming my brain for what I was going to present and cramming my mouth at Denny’s, I came upon an article that led me to a new understanding of pain.
What a neuroscientist, amputees, phantom pain, and phantom limbs can teach us all about pain.
Pain, Phantoms, & Prostheses
Everything we need to know to deal with BioMechanically Based Pain is reflected on the empty side of a mirror box.
What is coupled with the sensation of pain? Hint…it’s a very specific class of movement.
If movement is the solution to pain, why isn’t movement solving more pain issues?
Nature(s) of Movement
Here’s what Pain Relief professionals don’t know about movement: it has a dual nature.
What you have in common with a metal beam that should inform your pain relief approach.
Injury and Pain
Injury, too little, and too much movement has the same result: pain!
Injury and inflammation can be the culprit behind lost motions, but there is another more insidious way to lose movement.
You may have your foot on the gas but your Nervous System has its foot on the brakes. Here’s what you need to know to stop sabotaging your efforts.
Threading The Needle
Regaining movement quantities is threading the needle of movement, not too little, not too much…but just right.
There are simple directives for regaining movement quantities and speeding yourself onto the pathway of pain relief.
The Other Side
There is another side to the pain relief equation…unfortunately we’ve been conditioned to ignore it. If you can attune yourself to it, it will guide you out of pain.
Even if you learn to ignore the negative, there’s one thing that remains. If you can sensitize yourself to this, you can start the journey towards restoration of sensation.
The Motions Before
What happened before has a lot to do with what is and what is not happening now…AKA getting past your “Movement Past.”
What Motions Become
Use changes tissue. It changes how the tissue does and does not move you…and how it holds you in posture.
No position or posture is a problem but getting stuck in a position or posture is a problem…so how do we get unstuck?
What positions do we find ourselves in the most? Which posture holds the key to unsticking them all?
There is a simple way to combine sensation, motion and position to facilitate pain relief…and get back freedom of motion.
Everything comes full circle: The place you conclude your pain relief is where the whole thing started.
The interesting case of the final motion in your pain relief journey.
Sensory Focus Example
An example from my life of how I used my sensations to guide my movement in order to feel better.
A Movement Focus
What do you do when you can’t feel your way out of pain? You use another sense!
In order to know what’s not moving, you have to know how things move…once you do, you can move your way out of pain.
Become an amateur anatomist with this resource on the movements of the 11 areas of the body.
There is a binary pairing of movement. Knowing these pairs is the fastest shortcut there is to reversing pain processes.
There is an Order of Operations for a Motor Focus in pain relief. There are 7 positions and 5 divisions of the body. Here’s how to choose which position and division to start from.
Motor Focus Example
Here is an example from my own life when where I had to use a motor focus, a mirror, and a simple list to quickly get myself out of crippling pain.
Sometimes you need to bring out the big guns for pain (and the big guns were the first thing you learned in math).
Sometimes 1 +1 = 3….adding pain relief approaches can be incredibly synergistic.
I put two elements together and uncovered the culprit behind my short-term pain.
In pain relief, sometimes 2 – 1 = 3. When you take away what doesn’t work, what remains works even better.
The subtractive approach showed me that the simplest answer is most often the correct answer when it comes to pain relief. It wasn’t my workout that provoked pain…it was how I recovered.
It helps to have general directives when it comes to the risks and rewards of positions, motions, and directions in pain relief.
Pain Relief is not an art, it is a measurable science: There are two major approaches towards pain relief with 12 and 14 steps, respectively as well as two supplemental approaches with 4 and 3 steps. Do the steps, relieve the pain.
Progress isn’t linear, nor is regression. There are going to be ups and downs. But if you can focus on the trends and not the lows, you can get to an all-time high.
Recovery doesn’t just mean absence of pain. It’s about reclaiming what was once yours. You must go back in order to move forward.
Is Pain Bad?
Pain hurts, but is it bad? At the end of this text, you’ll focus on not running away from pain…but running towards something else entirely.
This text will point you to something even more important that pain relief…that will keep you going well after the pain is gone.
If you’re like Craig, Adam, and Darryl, then THE PAIN PRESCRIPTION is for you!
You’re ready to address your pain
-because you believe this is a pain issue you can handle on your own
-because you refuse to be on the sidelines any more
-because you’re tired of avoiding what you can’t do
-feeling bad because you’re not as good as you could be
and ready to get back what you used to could do…
THE PAIN PRESCRIPTION can help!
The French physician, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, proclaimed in 1931 that,
“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.”
Don’t let pain be your master,
master your pain with THE PAIN PRESCRIPTION!
Away from pain,
PS (If you’re not ready to address your pain, I understand.
It could be for any number of reasons:
-You’re not ready to address it yet.
-You’re ignoring it hoping it goes away (sometimes it does and I hope it does for you)
-You may have a serious issue that requires professional, even medical attention.
But there will be a time afterwards when you’re ready to address it, can no longer ignore it, and have already received appropriate professional help and know that it’s time to take to provide self care. Once you’re there, THE PAIN PRESCRIPTION can help.)