We have been doing independent research on pain control for decades using alternative medicine. We started our research looking into the reason why many people who had surgeries for all types of problems including tumors, hip replacement, hernias, knee replacement, laparoscopy and a minimum of 50% of the patients experienced post surgery pain while the rest had no post surgery pain.
We saw patients that had double hip replacements at the same time, by the same surgeon. One hip had a lot of pain post surgery and the other hip no pain post surgery. We also looked into many types of surgery that used the insertion of rods, screws, plates, pacemakers etc.. and around 50% of these patients had no pain post surgery, had a normal life after the surgery and some patients had serious chronic pain post surgery..
There are studies stating post surgery patients to be in pain even after pain clinic assistance for post surgery chronic even after a year (45 % to 65 % depending on the surgery) with severe to moderate pain. We also looked into the reason why some patients with, MRI's ,ultra sound, x-rays diagnosed with problems in both shoulders, or hips or knees and just one side had major pain. What was the reason that even though some of these patients had the same surgery on both joints and only one side caused chronic pain? Why would not both joints cause pain post surgery, or why should both joints not be pain free post surgery, surgery done by most skilled surgeons?
We saw hundreds of cases where the patient was experiencing serious pain and taking the highest dosages of pain medications, and their scans, x-rays, MRIs, ultra sound and evaluations didn’t show any sign of disturbances in the area they complained of pain.
We experienced in our clinical practice that even though many of the patients we treated had already tried for years many other medicines, pain clinics, medications, alternative medicine of all types, guided injections and got no results, yet we were able to get a very good response within a short protocol. Why didn’t the pain respond with all the therapies available mentioned above while the same patient had major results when we used simple approaches that didn’t work when tried before many times?
What we found is that the nerve system has a memory and can respond to therapy depending on the way you approach it. The more you know how to approach the nerve system physiology, the more chance you will have to control pain. This is a very significant discovery. One other important principle we noted is, that if the practitioner’s therapy or method includes corrective principles, they will have a better chance for best results.
Does understanding the nerve system means I have a diploma, a PhD on neurology? No, it is a clinical reality. Either you know or you don't and it will show in your results. The nerve system has intelligence in essence and it will respond or not, based on your approach in clinical attempts.
From my decades of clinical experience and independent research into this subject I feel that the biggest threat to innovation in the treatment of chronic pain is internal politics and a medical organizational culture which cannot change.
We learnt from the pain behavior of thousands of patients in chronic pain that some practitioners will apply a therapy and get no results whatsoever, even after dozens of treatments, and another practitioner using the same therapy would get great results in a short amount of treatments. This has to do with the way practitioners are approaching the pain mechanism. We need to pay attention that the nerve system is alive, intelligent and has responses on its own. The nerve system has a memory in the case of chronic pain. We need to take into consideration how to approach the nerve system for responses. We have seen thousands of chronic pain patients with a long history of orthodox medical and alternative treatments with no response and as soon as you try using a more individual engagement approach you can see even on the first treatment that the nerve system will respond as in our clinical experience 90% of the times.
We have extensive experience in post surgery trauma and chronic pain. There is no denying the predictable physiological responses to tissue damage. We can understand even 2 months of post surgery pain is acceptable in a decreasing level, but what the latest studies state is that even after years 45% to 65%, depending on the type of surgery, of post surgery patients are still in chronic pain ranging from moderate to severe, and this is after undergoing pain clinic attempts to manage pain.
We need to recognize the presence of intelligence to self-regulate within the body. This internal mechanism is responsible for self maintaining, decision making, continuous measurements, running all levels of operation to do with biological, mechanical, immunity, circulatory, etc.… We need to realize the possible interaction with this intelligent system and how we can connect to it for support in the best results outcome from our therapies.
This internal intelligence will be able to recognize and accept or not accept the engagement from the practitioner and this engagement is totally depending on the approach of the practitioner towards this intelligence within. This intelligence can read your intention in the therapy, your honest approach or not, your understanding or not, your interest, your belief and realizations of this intelligence and it will respond accordingly.
Some practitioners within the same field, such as chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, Bowen therapists and manual therapists can have the best results in pain control and many can't. Why is that? In my opinion any field of alternative medicine can have the best result in chronic pain. It is not a problem with whatever method or technique they are using but their approach is lacking in engagement within the disturbed area.
The practitioner needs to know his technique really well before the engagement and also needs to know that the system within is intelligent and will not be engaged in deeper regulations if they are not well versed in their clinical experience.
Some of my favourite quotes:
‘What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right’. Einstein
‘Old ways will not open new doors’. Ashley Bridget
‘Routine does not allow us to Progress.’
9 Million epidural steroid injections are given each year with a cost range from US$600 dollars to over US$2000 per treatment according to a Dr OZ investigative report. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsRwer6KFvg) It is the Number 1 procedure doctors do for low back pain.
The neurological environment is intelligent and can respond or not respond, depending on the therapeutic engagement, but the majority of practitioners are just doing a technical approach so there
is no communication between the techniques applied and the innate intelligence within the patient's body.
Another mistaken concept is that there is always an inflammatory process within pain, but what we see clinically in the majority of cases is that there are simple disturbances in the neurological process caused by some form of trauma. We understand also that inflammation can cause pain but as a general concept the medical group sees pain as an inflammatory process over all.
· Radicular pain is not often the result of nerve root inflammation.
Many theories are concluding inflammatory conditions are the central factor in pain. These theories are founded in research done on animals suggesting radicular pain is caused by inflammation to the nerve root in the epidural space provoked by a leakage of disc material; compression of the nerve vasculature or irritation of the nerve ganglia of the spine.
· Pain is not a cortisone injection deficiency.
We see in daily clinical work that a very little percentage of chronic radicular pain is due to leakage from the disc. In the majority of cases we treat it is mostly a neurological trauma to the compressed factor within that specific disc area and not an inflammatory condition that would require cortisone treatment.
Epidural Steroid Injection Success Rates
· The effects of an epidural steroid injection tend to be temporary with 50% or less of the patients having some pain relief as result.
· In general, patients with radicular pain lasting over a year have around 50% or less chance of results using Lumbar Caudal epidural injections.
According to Dr. Roger Chou, a medicine professor at Oregon Health & Science University, many of the successful results using epidural corticosteroid treatment for cases of radiculopathy pain were null in less then 3 months.
The results are often temporary, as is mentioned by Dr OZ. 9 million of these injections are given each year in the US and the results are very poor, so the question is: Why is this procedure the
number one application for cases of back pain when the recommendation for the use of these injections are inconsistent and lacking in evidence?
Why are we forced to undergo ineffective and costly protocols?
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