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Subject: therapies for chronic pain
Category: Health > Alternative
Asked by: bambs-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 22 Jun 2005 14:26 PDT
Expires: 22 Jul 2005 14:26 PDT
Question ID: 536067
My boyfriend was in a car accident 7 years ago and has experienced
chronic neck and back pain since.  Both at the time of the accident
and recently, x-rays and MRIs provided normal findings.

He has tried almost every type of therapy and visited every type of
Doctor we can think of with little to no success/relief. From
Thai-massage to acupressure to  physical therapy to everyone's 
"miracle" doctor. Visiting so many offices with such little result is
very disheartening. He is on a current regimen of prescription
medications as well as bi-weekly acupuncture and monthly trigger point
injections. Taping the muscles down and Thermacare heat packs provide
some temporary relief.
While these methods have some short-lived effect, none of these
therapies really seem to make a marked amount of difference.
I was wondering if you might have any suggestions or references for
alternative or new forms of therapy/massage/exercise/etc... that might be of
use for patients dealing with chronic pain. Granted most exercise is
quite difficult as he is operating on a limited system of energy and
physical capacity. I understand that it is
useful to use several tactics at once, and he is always looking for
new methods to try.

Thank you and any information would be a great help.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: therapies for chronic pain
From: mammens-ga on 23 Jun 2005 08:50 PDT
Doing YOGA might make a difference, results will take time, so do not
expect quick miracles!
Subject: Re: therapies for chronic pain
From: aguasal-ga on 23 Jun 2005 15:55 PDT
You might consider floatation therapy. I discovered this therapy in
Chicago 4 years ago when I was considering back surgery for a pinched
nerve. Floating involves relaxing in a shallow pool of 200 gallons
skin-temperature water and a 1/2 ton of Epsom salt. This allows anyone
to float like a cork, regardless of whether or not they're able to
float in a regular pool. The dense saltwater simulates zero gravity,
which is a godsend for anyone suffering the type of pain that your
boyfriend is dealing with. Not only does floating remove all the
pressure on your body, the Epsom salt is a mild muscle relaxant, so
any tension he's carrying as a result of the chronic pain will be

This deep relaxation causes your brain to release endorphins, which is
the most powerful natural pain reliever. Four years ago, I went from
being almost paralyzed with sciatic pain to being pain-free, within
one hour! I had to do several more treatments to become pain-free
outside of the float tank, but when you're in the float tank, pain
dissolves rapidly.

One of the great things about floatation therapy (besides the fact
that it offers fast results) is that it's totally private and
hands-off. Every float tank around the world offers the same benefits.
I compiled all of the scientific research I could find online and
posted it at Most people
have never heard of this therapy, and even the websites who specialize
in alternative therapies don't have this listed. I took it upon myself
to compile the best information I could find.

If you're looking for a place to float near you, I recently updated
the US directory and have it posted at
Best of luck to your boyfriend. Feel free to contact me through the
website with his progress.
Subject: Re: therapies for chronic pain
From: probvul-ga on 28 Sep 2005 10:35 PDT
I had problms and a pain clinic recommended amytriptyline, this is an
anti-depressant prescription medicine (I used it with codeine), but is
also a powerful pain reliever. Best of luck..
Subject: Re: therapies for chronic pain
From: gomary-ga on 05 Mar 2006 08:42 PST
I am far from an expert on this, but I have been studying
complimentary terapies for several years while trying to heal myself. 
From what I have learned I would do research on three different areas.
 A lot can be done on the internet for free (after paying so much,
free is REALLY nice).  I would check them out in the following order.

1)  EFT - Emotional Freedome Technique - Extremely easy to learn and
very good for trauma and pain.  Especially explore having him do EFT
for all aspects of the accident.  Technique is easy to
learn (20 minutes) and the manual on how to do it is a free download.

2)  Energy Medicine - Would probably want to book an appointment with
a highly recommended practictioner, but just checking out the web site has a HUGE reference library.  They have some very
good techniques for pain

3)  Yuen Method - Is especially good for pain.  If they can do it
their practictioners are especially good with pain.  However, I feel
many of them overcharge for what they hope they can do.  But if you
are desperate, perhaps 30 minutes with the "inventor" of this would be
worth your moeny.  It can be done over the phone and he is "The Pain

Good luck on your journey.  I firmly believe that when western
medicine shows there is "no problem" and the body disagrees, this is
when energetic and complimentary practices truly shine.


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