Psychologist, Tara Brach approaches therapy using mindfulness as the foundation to healing; she does this through a blend of westernized therapy and eastern buddhist practices. Her website www.tarabrach.com, has hundreds of free recorded talks, videos, and articles where she investigates different facets of the human experience; pain being one of them. In the video The Dance with Pain that I attached below, Dr. Brach explores the relationship between emotional and physical sensations when dealing with acute and/or chronic pain and discomfort. Dr. Brach reminds us when humans feel pain - they tend to contract against the pain, they judge the pain, and blame themselves, others, and/or the pain. However, this fight and resistance tends to create more physical and emotional pain/discomfort. Dr. Brach then goes on to clearly teach us ways in which we can mindfully inhabit our bodies and learn how to listen and respond to the pain with awareness and compassion.
NPR did a great piece on an integrated program that treats patients with chronic pain using exercise, nutrition and education. Sound familiar? The program is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in response to the opioid epidemic and the growing concerns around using opiates as "front line" treatment for pain complaints. Restore Fx is proud to say that we have been providing this type of integrative care for the past 12 years! Listen to the podcast and we think you will see the similarities -- not only is their program interdisciplinary (as is ours) but it has all of the practitioners/healthcare providers in the same location functioning as a team (again, like ours!). Kudos to Kaiser for making this program available to its clients in Colorado. We hope that other insurance providers take note and start to offer this kind of care to their clients.
The following article is from Shreveport Times and is a great overview of the problems with treating pain in this country. The opiate epidemic has clearly shown that throwing medications at pain patients is short-sighted and ineffective. It's time to mainstream Functional Restoration programs like Restore Fx and make them the gold-standard for patients with persistent pain problems.
If opioids aren’t the answer for treating chronic pain, what is?
Krista Jordan, Ph.D., ABPP