Mindset & Getting Out of Chronic Pain

I’d always suspected that the people who read LifeAfterPain were cut from a slightly different cloth. I had a hunch that they saw things differently and had a different attitude towards their health than most people.

This was confirmed 100 times over last week when I sent out a few quick email questions to our loyal customers.

And…….Wow. Seriously – I got goosebumps reading some of the answers people sent in.

The replies I had back were inspiring, wise and wonderful. I feel truly grateful and humbled that we’ve managed to attract these people.

So I asked them if I could share some of their insights and wisdom – because these are people – just like you – who are facing – and overcoming the challenges of treating chronic pain in themselves and others.

Below are their answers to the questions I sent (published with their permission.) The emphasises are mine, however I think as you read down you’ll pick up the common themes here.

In my own experience with chronic pain – nothing truly worked until I fully accepted responsibility for finding my way out of chronic pain. (Even – or maybe especially – because I was a doctor. For some strange reason doctors tend to be worse than useless when it comes to treating their own problems.)

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because… I needed to learn how to self manage my pain and trigger points between massage appointments in order to make progress and return to fitness

As regards to my health, I believe that…. I have to look to the root cause regarding why something is happening and try to unravel it to resolve the problem, not just treat a symptom. I am going to take the most natural approach that I can to reach that end.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been….. learning about trigger points and release techniques.

As regards chronic pain, I feel that…it can be very pervasive in its effects on your life if you let it be uncontained and take over. If you focus around other things and drive the pain into a smaller place in your life, it is there, you acknowledge it, you move on with your day and self manage it through the day in a step wise fashion so it doesn’t take over.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is…. it is my body, my life, my responsibility. I better get going with it.

Lisa Stone

 

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because...I learn better by watching a demonstration than by reading a description in a book.

As regards to my health, I believe thatit’s up to me to make sure I get better and not just rely on dry needling/massage/physiotherapy appointments.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been…..Aside from treatments at a chronic pain clinic, the biggest difference has been learning the ischemic pressure method of relieving trigger points since the regular massage method often recommended just makes me flare.

As regards chronic pain, I feel that…..it is poorly understood by most medical professionals, which contributes to the frustration and depression of patients dealing with it.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is.…that consulting professionals is all well and good, but they are human and there is a lot of information/research out there that they just can’t know it all. No one is more interested in my health issues than me, no one knows my body better than I do, and no one is more motivated to find the most recent information on my health conditions than I am.

Anonymous

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because……Initially I had piriformis syndrome and found in my old massage book (published in the early 1980’s) what they then called finger pressure points and I found these worked on my hip. Some years later I then got the “Clair Davies trigger point therapy manual” which was very helpful but not so easy to look up individual muscles so when I started to get more referred pain I trawled the internet and found your site Jonathan which explained trigger points so well and had a wealth of knowledge in it. So I subscribed to your site and have used it happily ever since. I really like your new body trigger finder which is extremely helpful when I am working with a client. They get a picture of the pain .

As regards to my health, I believe that...how I live my life , how I eat , interact with other people has an impact on my life. There is nothing wrong with having a blow out now and then but as we get older we realise that we suffer for this more and do not recover as easily so happily return back to a more balanced way of living ( hope this makes sense) .

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been…..Trigger point therapy

As regards chronic pain, I feel that…..using the breath is an invaluable tool

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is…eating well, good body mechanics and socialising with like minded souls who enrich my life 🙂

Linda

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because…… it seemed to be a great way of being in control of my health

As regards to my health, I believe that…. I need to understand and manage it myself

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been….. changing my posture

As regards chronic pain, I feel that.…. don’t give up, there’s always something out there

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is. do your own research, and find what works for you

Jono W

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because…… I found the subject and the concepts interesting and useful for taking better care of myself.

As regards to my health, I believe thatI am responsible for taking good care of it. And as an Integral human being, everything matters. And knowledge helps a lot.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been….. Understanding how triggers are developed and how to treat them and also knowing that when I have a problem, it is important to keep exercising at a lower rhythm and load.

As regards chronic pain, I feel that….at some point, it will be over. It sometimes takes time, but if I insist, it will be over.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is.Knowledge and discipline are KEY.

Paulo Lalli

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because……I am a massage therapist who used trigger points many years ago and wanted to see your approach to self-treatment.

As regards to my health, I believe that….I am healthy and pain free, and I believe that exploratory movement like feldenkrais helps maintain good sense of self which reduces likelyhood of pain

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been…..Have not had any pain for 27 years. Back when I did I got a massage with TP work and that helped in one or two sessions

As regards chronic pain, I feel that…..Chronic pain is as much about what is happening in the brain as it is about the tissues in the body. In order to create long term results we need to break down the brain’s expectation of pain. We can do this through education or touch. Trigger point or any other approach works best when the client knows why we do what we do.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is….Eat well, sleep well, move well, invest time in helping others

Brian Dicks

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because……it´s the best on the net

As regards to my health, I believe that….I´m lucky to have found this course

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been…..understanding triggerpoints

As regards chronic pain, I feel that.….I improved a lot since subscribing

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is.keep on learning

Jos Rayen

Yes lifeafterpain. com has been a great support system in my clinical practice. It did boast my confidence.

It also increased the number of patients coming.

I could treat my own calf pain without medication. Tennis ball and dry needling helped a lot.

My approach to treat my cases changed. I think I owe a big thank you to dr Jonathan Kuttner. For all the effort he has been taking

Purnima Prasad

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because……I’ve enjoyed the other ones and find Jonathan to be very down to earth and completely believable as well as knowledgeable.

I really want to help friends and family to find their way out of pain.

As regards to my health, I believe that….I’m doing well though i don’t really understand why.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been.….Springforest QiGong (Chun Yi Lin) and Tai Chi movements learned in Tulsa.

As regards chronic pain, I feel that.….There’s so much that could be done manually by self and others and spiritually by self that could dramatically reduce it’s severity and duration.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is….be aware and responsive to blockages as they come up.
Peace, joni

Joni LeViness

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because…… I like to work out hard and at 51 I found myself developing triggers easier.

As regards to my health, I believe that…. eating right, adequate sleep and working out are the keys to feeling good and avoiding illness.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been.…. being consistent with exercising, stretching and of course very important releasing triggers.

As regards chronic pain, I feel that….. I no longer suffer from pain.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is…. it is on me to keep my body feeling good.

John Thompson

“As regards to my health, I believe that.as I get older I need to do more and more to maintain muscle strength, mobilise and eat an anti inflammatory diet. …

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been… realising that I must help myself and I can make the difference…..

As regards chronic pain, I feel that…there are not enough musculo skeletal specialists around and GPs just write out scripts/refer for surgery without insisting on lifestyle changes/people taking responsibility for their own situations, some of which they have unknowingly brought upon themselves….

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing… is NO SUGAR, mobilise everyday (I love some of Paul Ingraham’s exercises Save Yourself ca website)., try to live in the moment and make each day count.”

Anon.

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because……Having spent many years under the care of a musculoskeletal physician (following muscular injuries in my upper back/neck/shoulders, plus ribcage distortions and atlas bone alignment problems following severe neck strain in a car accident 20yrs ago) I quickly came to appreciate the immense value of this field of medicine.

The combination of trigger point injections and gentle adjustments from the MS physician, regular visits to my acupuncture physician, plus self-help using Jin Shin Jyutsu japanese acupressure (which I later trained in after searching for help with my pain issues)…..showed me how effective these treatments are in ‘managing’ the chronic pain condition I was diagnosed with.

Just as I was lamenting the fact that my musculoskeletal physician is at retirement stage, I was totally delighted to stumble across your great website and the opportunity to purchase your trigger point course.

I also realised how much your invaluable resources would assist me in helping clients in my acupressure clinic, as well as helping me personally of course!

As regards to my health, I believe that….
Had my elderly GP, from all those years ago, not referred me on to a musculoskeletal specialist, my life today would be vastly different.

I am forever grateful that he was a compassionate and open-minded gentleman who never disrespected me or dismissed my pain as hypochondria.

Being a practical “soldier on” type of person, he knew that I would not be making repeated visits unless I was feeling totally overwhelmed, despite all the different treatments we’d tried. He was determined not to give up until he found the right people to help me.

Hence my delight at finding your course! Here was the chance to learn so much more and understand my own pain in greater depth. Anything that would help me to help myself!

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been…..
Endeavouring to continue to learn as much as possible about my pain, why it was initially difficult to pinpoint, and following the instructions for release, stretches and exercises to best manage pain levels.

Also learning how to use appropriate medication effectively so that a minimum dose is required..using warmth/cooling, breathing, relaxation techniques etc to assist with pain relief.

My musculoskeletal physician had taught me very valuable ways to perform everyday tasks differently to help prevent the frequent recurrences I used to suffer. To just become aware of what I was doing that was triggering relapses…being my own worst enemy in that regard.

Your amazing course and comprehensive information and demonstrations are so hugely helpful in making it easier to find where to look for answers when certain trigger points seem to be resistant, and learning the different layers of muscles that can be difficult to get at. Accepting that long-standing pain can take some patience to relieve, but not to give up.

Anonymous

 

As regards chronic pain, I feel that...There are so many of us who have struggled with chronic pain, and been sadly dismissed by some medical professionals and put in the “too hard basket” because they themselves do not understand the presence of trigger points etc, and also the extent of referred pain.

Just knowing there are more options out there to try is very hopeful and uplifting. I became quite depressed in my thirties in the midst of my worst chronic pain, having been told by a rheumatologist that I would just have to “live with the pain, just take long term anti-inflammatories and just get on with it.”

Being told that when trying to bring up a young family just made me wonder how on earth I would go on, as I felt like an elderly lady, waking every day with pain and not knowing where to turn next. I had been using a tens machine which did help, but I was well aware it was just blocking the pain messages to the brain, and not actually addressing the cause of the problems. (it was after this my GP thankfully sent me to the musculoskeletal specialist)

Last year I painfully strained my chest muscles again and was forced to visit a locum GP. When I explained my long history of musculoskeletal problems, how my ribs get “stuck” and the treatments I have received over the years, he promptly dismissed all of that and insisted on just doing a breast exam (despite me telling him I had had a recent mammogram). No help there.

Back to studying your trigger point charts and with the help of my husband we managed to find some more points to bring relief, along with intensive use of my wheatbags.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is…. I believe in integrated medicine and filling our ‘tool boxes’ with resources from the best of both worlds… combining the best from western and eastern medicines to achieve a personalised balance for each individual – to strive to find relief from pain and achieve optimum good health so we can live our best life…and to bring back some joy and hope after years of struggling with chronic pain.

I am passionate about being proactive and never giving up the quest for learning and understanding more about how our bodies work, and the relationship between body, mind & spirit. Education and understanding go such a long way in enabling us to help ourselves and others.

I have great respect, not only for the in-depth content of your courses, but also the very practical and respectful way in which you present that material.

Warmest best wishes and heartfelt thanks for all your valuable work.
Anonymous

 

Did you use the trigger point course material to treat yourself? Used myself as a “Guinea Pig” for experimenting until I was happy

How well did the self treatment work?
Did some work on shoulder problems but found it took quite a while to get relief. It was frustrating at first but I decided that patience and time would help, AND IT DID – IT WAS WELL WORTH IT IN THE END – complete relief now. Perhaps working on yourself is not as easy as we might think.

What did you find frustrating?
The one above, but it was worth persevering with this. I feel that there are some issues with people that need regular work done over several weeks before good results start to show

If you could wave a magic wand and get delivered a perfect solution for treating triggers – what would it look like?

Magic hands to be able to go right to the sourse of the pain…Lets face it, some people give up much too easily thinking one or two sessions will give them a new life and we know it does’nt work quite like that.

Stephen Murray

I am a Chiropractic Physician who has been healed of debilitating low back pain after several injuries. Chiropractic low force corrective adjustments, exercises and trigger point therapy has helped me recover with the grace of God.

Your course helps me convey to my patients how important it is to treat their trigger points. Thank you for constantly improving your presentations.

Sincerely,

George W. Courtney III, DC

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because…….I know that Trigger Points are real and does heal once I rid my body of them.

As regards to my health, I believe that.I believe that I know my body better than any Dr. ever will and I will have to be responsible for my own body and the consequences of my own actions, or inactions.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been.…. To learn that the pain site is not necessarily where the pain comes from. To look further and discover that the pain can sometimes be easily dealt with if I only know where to look.

As regards chronic pain, I feel that.….Luckily I have not really experienced chronic pain myself, but I know that with the right tools (Trigger Point Course materials) I can help and relieve the chronic pain by taking the time to work the many trigger points involved and not to give up.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is….God has given me “MY” body and to look after it. It is very important how I treat my body and how to correct it (wherever I can) when it doesn’t feel/work that well. I do not read “normal” books but I am always interested in reading how I can keep my body working/functioning well with the most natural of treatments. Do I fail at this sometimes? Oh yes…. that’s why I would usually go back to the books/courses (like your Trigger Point Course!!!) that I know that work.

Thank you Jonathan for your commitment to keep us as pain free as we can be.

Regards from Vancouver, Canada
Hennie Beugelink

 

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because.….. I work as a mountain guide and I am very interested in ways that I can help my clients (and myself) to look after ourselves in the hills

As regards to my health, I believe that….you can do a lot to keep yourself healthy just on a day by day basis.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been.….Being more conscious of smaller things and dealing with them soon. Having regular sessions, using trigger points as soon as I feel anything amiss

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is….Doing what I can every day to keep myself in good health taking the long term view.

Jaya Marr

I chose to get the trigger course because …the pain I am experiencing is impacting my life in a negative way.

As regards to my health, I believe that… I need to find a way to treat the pain so I can be active and feel well.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been …finding the trigger points course. I’m just beginning to treat the trigger points.

As regards to chronic pain… I feel that it is greatly limiting my life.

My philosophy to managing my health well being is thatI need to continue to learn how to manage my pain. Thank you for your continuing work to help people in pain be understood and find a better quality of life.

Bonnie Moran

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because.….. the techniques that I learned from the free videos actually helped me and taught me more how muscles work and get released.

As regards to my health, I believe that… we are our best healers besides Homeopathy to help open mental things up.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been… trigger point therapy and stretching.

As regards chronic pain, I feel that….with more knowledge I am almost certain that I can fix it.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is that… the saying knowledge is power is so true especially in America because there is so much power with the AMA and so much intervention and aggressive therapy. One has to be informed and willing to learn and do on their own.

Thank you so much. I really appreciate it, Dianne Bailey, ND, MS

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because...Triggers are the most significant cause of soft tissue pain and any knowledge about how to locate and treat helps me be more effective for my clients as well as keep myself pain free.As regards to my health, I believe that….The more knowledge and tools I have at my disposal the more informed my choices are.

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been…..The first massage I received which deactivated triggers that had been there for over 20 years since a car accident. The knife that was stuck in my back…was gone.

As regards chronic pain, I feel that…..The instigators are trigger points and bands.

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is.Do what works….not what is popular or promoted by traditional medicine.

Pam Bilyeu

I chose to get the trigger course from LifeAfterPain.com because.….. I LIKED YOUR ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM AND FELT THAT YOU WORKED FROM YOUR HEARTAs regards to my health, I believe that…. I AM ALREADY HEALED

The thing that’s made the biggest difference to my pain has been.…. LETTING GO OF THE EGO

As regards chronic pain, I feel that.…. WE HAVE SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM IT THAT NEEDS ASSISTANCE IN THE BODY

My philosophy towards managing my health wellbeing is....SUPPORTING IT BY GIVING IT LOVE AND NOURISHMENT

Warm wishes
Diane Harte

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Margaret August 5, 2014

.I have to thank you for equipping me with the knowledge of Healthy and stronger. muscles, through your online teaching , I have learnt how to find trigger point Andy some exercise that can suite the muscles. I am happy to inform you that the pains are going off But I Will like to have exellent muscles To be Back. To. my normal life,

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Nesah Kaudeer August 5, 2014

Hi
Every time I read your emails I’m I keep telling myself why you are not around. You are doing such a wonderful job.And its a pity we don’t have a trigger point therapist around. Am waiting very eargaly for my CD to come to get started really.I have put a lot of hope that through your guide I’ll be able to take over my pain physically and psychologically.
Deep heartedly THANK YOU

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Marc Mencille Q. Cempron May 22, 2015

Hi. How can I order your trigger point book and CD? I am from the Philippines… Neep help.

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