The Way Out: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven Approach to Heal Chronic Pain
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Because the therapy is quite straightforward you can do it even if you’re severely affected by illness. Now I'm at the end of my third pregnancy without a hint of back pain :) I really should read the book again so I can share this information with others who need it! I found this is helpful because elements of their experience mirror my own and I have some of the same queries and reactions. Based on the premise that pain starts in the brain not the body, Gordon’s Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) enables you to rewire your neural circuits and turn off ‘stuck’ pain signals . Working to improve our health can sometimes be hard work, so it’s important to also make time for enjoyment!
Chronic pain is complex, by definition has been going on for a long time and will take time to recover. This unique sense of perspective lends a degree of stability and infuses a refreshing feeling of safety and ultimately leads to the alleviation of sustained discomfiture. Alan Gordon’s insights into somatic tracking offer a fresh perspective, suggesting that perhaps the key isn’t just to silence the pain but to attentively and non-judgmentally understand its tune. Alan Gordon and Alon Ziv in their compelling book “Way Out”, introduce the concept of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), a radical approach to eliminating chronic pain instead of just managing the discomfiture by taking recourse to conventional remedies such as surgeries, physiotherapy and opioids intake. If you’re unsure whether to purchase this, I would strongly advise jumping in any trying these techniques, and if you need more convincing check out Alan’s podcast first.Well meaning doctors may have scared you, or confused you, or you may have become somewhat of a doctor yourself via google - and in the end turned into a scared, in pain mess, who is now wondering if you will be able to get out of this. Having stumbled across this book and put its recommendations into practice, I have been pain free for over a month. Alan Gordon, head honcho at the Pain Psychology Center, wants you to know that it's not in your head, but it's your head that has to be treated. While the few pages of actual ideas presented in the book are worthwhile and valuable reading, I can't recommend it as a full book. I’m not a novice when it comes to self-awareness, processing emotions, and figuring out my traumas and triggers.
I was in and out of the ER with facial and head pain that started during the run and would not subside. But Gordon and Ziv warn their readers to be prepared for the occasional ‘relapse’ of a neuroplastic pain episode.However, I have also had setbacks (guaranteed crash after being on an exercise bike or running), so I continue with avoidance behaviours (I don’t do them for now). The presence of pain is also borne out in the brain scans which are done on patients with chronic pain. Based on the premise that pain starts in the brain not the body, Gordon’s Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) enables you to rewire your neural circuits and turn off 'stuck' pain signals . This author's premise of a total cure for almost everyone, without a medical component to the intervention.
Things were looking up, I had just gotten my second COVID vaccine, I was starting a new job with a new schedule, I had finished grad school. Your brain is going off like a false alarm, thinking it's protecting you when, in fact, it's hurting you.Here, I’ll describe my motivation for reading, what the books is about, give my review and share the official synopsis.
It's a gradual but steady process, but I feel increasingly confident that I will eventually be completely pain free. Thanks to the way this book is written and my previous experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and reframing techniques, I was able to immediately reduce my chronic pain. Over the next several years, I went through MRI’s and blood tests, was prescribed a couple different anti-depressants, Sumatriptan, Frovatriptan, a couple different anti-seizure medications, birth control, monthly emgality injections, nurtec every other day, and I even tried Botox for migraine once - they inject you all over your scalp and into your shoulders and neck.
Pretty interesting take on chronic pain as neuroplastic pain: overly worn neural pathways from originally legitimate physical triggers that have become easily triggered to create mentally simulated pain. So, it is wonderful to have a book on PRT that is easy to understand and that clearly explains how to successfully treat chronic pain. Accepting that it's the confused and overprotective brain amounts to revealing that neuroplastic pain is really a little man pulling levers and pushing buttons, making you think he's something he's not. And after 3 weeks of applying the mindfulness and having this mantra in my head with positive thoughts, I can now say that 50% of my pain is already gone.