By Ann Sullivan
Back pain is a problem that many people experience. It can stem from a variety of causes. Whether it be an injury or a hereditary issue, or both, finding relief can be challenging. Oftentimes traditional methods and medications don’t work. Or, they may offer only temporary relief to the often-excruciating symptoms of back pain. Some people go through trial and error to find some way to relieve their back pain. Not every method works for every person. There are some people, however, who find relief through alternative approaches. Some of these therapies claim to heal back pain. Like any treatment, if’s often a series or continuous use of these alternatives where people claim to have found a cure to their pain.
1) The Sarno Method
In 1998 Dr. John E. Sarno published a book, “The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain.” In it, Dr. Sarno explains the connection between mental health and its relation to physical health. He reveals that many physical conditions, including back pain, are rooted in repressed emotions. Repetitive Stress Injury was a term defined in Dr. Sarno’s book, relating to a then newly discovered disorder which many people were being diagnosed with. His studies revealed that pain associated with the back, from the neck to the lower spine, is directly related to one’s state of emotions – and often the underlying cause. This emotional stress has a direct impact on your physical wellbeing and causes your brain to send less blood flow to the area of pain. Dr. Sarno suggests shifting your attention away from the area of physical pain and on to the underlying causes of stress and anger.
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