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Freedom from pain : discover your body's power to overcome physical pain / Peter A. Levine, Maggie Phillips.

By: Levine, Peter A.
Contributor(s): Phillips, Maggie [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True, 2012Copyright date: ©2012Description: xxii, 184 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).Content type: text Media type: unmediated | spoken word Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781604076639; 1604076631; 9781604077544; 1604077549.Subject(s): Pain | Chronic pain | Mind and body therapiesDDC classification: 616/.0472 Summary: "Two pioneers in the field of pain and trauma recovery address a crucial missing factor essential to long-term healing: addressing the unresolved emotional trauma held within the body. Informed by their founding work in the Somatic Experiencing process and unique insights gleaned from decades of clinical success, Drs. Levine and Phillips will show you how to: Calm the body's overreactive "fight" response to pain. Release the fear, frustration, and depression intensified by prior traumas, and build inner resilience and self-regulation. Relieve pain caused by the aftermath of injuries, surgical procedures, joint and muscle conditions, migraines, and other challenges. Whether you're seeking to begin a self-care strategy or amplify your current treatment program, Freedom from Pain will provide you with proven tools to help you experience long-term relief"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

If you are suffering chronic pain--even after years of surgery, rehabilitation, and medication--only one question matters: How do I find lasting relief? With Freedom from Pain, two pioneers in the field of pain and trauma recovery address a crucial missing factor essential to long-term healing: addressing the unresolved emotional trauma held within the body.

Informed by their founding work in the Somatic Experiencing® process and unique insights gleaned from decades of clinical success, Drs. Levine and Phillips will show you how to:

Calm the body's overreactive "fight" response to pain
* Release the fear, frustration, and depression intensified by prior traumas, and build inner resilience and self-regulation
* Relieve pain caused by the aftermath of injuries, surgical procedures, joint and muscle conditions, migraines, and other challenges
Whether you're seeking to begin a self-care strategy or amplify your current treatment program, Freedom from Pain will provide you with proven tools to help you experience long-term relief.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-172) and index.

"Two pioneers in the field of pain and trauma recovery address a crucial missing factor essential to long-term healing: addressing the unresolved emotional trauma held within the body. Informed by their founding work in the Somatic Experiencing process and unique insights gleaned from decades of clinical success, Drs. Levine and Phillips will show you how to: Calm the body's overreactive "fight" response to pain. Release the fear, frustration, and depression intensified by prior traumas, and build inner resilience and self-regulation. Relieve pain caused by the aftermath of injuries, surgical procedures, joint and muscle conditions, migraines, and other challenges. Whether you're seeking to begin a self-care strategy or amplify your current treatment program, Freedom from Pain will provide you with proven tools to help you experience long-term relief"-- Provided by publisher.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. xi)
  • Chapter 1 Why We Hurt and How We Suffer (p. 1)
  • Chapter 2 The Pain Trap (p. 19)
  • Chapter 3 Neutralizing the Factors That Cause Chronic Pain (p. 27)
  • Chapter 4 The Journey Back from Unmanageable Pain (p. 53)
  • Chapter 5 Working with Specific Pain Conditions (p. 83)
  • Chapter 6 Preventing and Resolving the Pain of Medical Trauma (p. 117)
  • Chapter 7 Resilience, Continued Recovery, and Restoring the Deep Self (p. 139)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 151)
  • Notes (p. 153)
  • Suggested Reading and Listening (p. 163)
  • Resources (p. 165)
  • Index (p. 173)
  • About the Authors (p. 177)

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Library Journal Review

Therapist Levine (Healing Trauma) and psychologist Phillips (Reversing Chronic Pain) here provide a program of steps to help people suffering from chronic pain. They intend to teach "simple strategies that you can learn to use effectively in order to recruit your body as your main ally in obtaining lasting freedom from both pain and suffering." Their approach is firmly rooted in the mind-body alternative/complementary/integrative side of medicine, although they don't dismiss the benefits of conventional approaches like surgery and medication when appropriate. Levine and Phillips suggest that past traumas, physical and/or psychological, and fear are often at the root of pain's becoming chronic. Their progressive exercises involve such tactics as mindfulness, controlled breathing, grounding, affirmations, and "restoring the deep self." They include a chapter dealing with specific types of pain, such as fibromyalgia, migraine, complex regional pain syndrome, and chronic head, shoulder, and neck pain. VERDICT Appropriate for libraries with alternative medicine collections and patrons with an interest in mind-body approaches to healing.-Dick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.