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Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain

Keys to Treatment Based on Your Emotional Type

Find the holistic treatment that will work best for you based on your emotional type and specific pain condition

• Provides an easy questionnaire to determine your emotional type and an interactive self-assessment for finding the right pain treatment for your condition

• Explores mind-body treatments for many common pain conditions, including arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, migraines, carpal tunnel, and PTSD

• Reviews the scientific evidence in support of acupuncture, biofeedback, hypnosis, massage, chiropractic, yoga, herbs, and essential oils

Throughout history many healing traditions have focused on analgesia--the alleviation of pain--an area in which modern medicine provides few options beyond narcotics, steroids, and surgery. For those seeking drug- and surgery-free alternatives or complements to conventional pain management, the choices can be overwhelming. How do you know which method will work for you?

In this guide to safe and effective natural therapies for acute and chronic pain, authors Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D., and Sebhia Marie Dibra explain how your emotional boundary style--how you react to emotional, social, environmental, and physical stresses--affects which complementary treatments will work best for you. Providing an easy questionnaire to determine your emotional type and an interactive self-assessment for finding the right pain treatment for your condition, they explore the effectiveness of mind-body treatments for each emotional type and for many common pain disorders, including arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, ulcer, migraine headaches, carpal tunnel, anxiety, PTSD, and other chronic pain conditions. They review the available research and scientific evidence in support of each therapy, suggesting only well-established, safe, and clinically proven alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, hypnosis, massage, chiropractic, yoga, herbs, and essential oils.

Approaching pain holistically, they reveal how pain should be understood as a dynamic condition--an interaction between mind and body as well as between patient and therapy--and how your emotional type is key to long-lasting and successful results.

Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D., is adjunct professor of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the founding director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. The author and editor of Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine and coauthor of The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion, Your Emotional Type, New World Mindfulness, and Avicenna's Medicine, he lives in Longboat Key, Florida.

Sebhia Marie Dibra contributes a 21st-century perspective on energetics and spiritual dimensions to health and wellness issues, including life cycle and healthy aging. Coauthor of Common Pain Conditions with Marc Micozzi, among other publications, she is on the editorial board of the European Journal of Physics Education and is a biofeedback retreat facilitator at the Academy of Wellness.

Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain is one of the best books in its field to emerge in recent years. It breaks new ground--choosing a pain therapy based not just on one’s medical diagnosis but also on one’s emotional patterns. As Micozzi and Dibra show, this approach can have an enormous impact on a therapy’s effectiveness. If you or a loved one suffers from acute or chronic pain, or if you are a medical professional who deals with such, please pay attention to the wisdom of this important book.”

– Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind

“This book is full of well-researched solutions that are helpful, healing, non-addicting, and get to the core of the issue, creating better health and relief for those that implement these time-tested solutions.”

– Brigitte Mars, author of Addiction-Free Naturally and The Sexual Herbal

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