I provide two approaches for treating chronic pain one is psychotherapy and the other is Svaroopa® yoga. I find people tend toward one or the other and occasionally people choose to practice both. When we think about managing pain we often think about what we can do to stop it. Although having that kind of relationship to pain is completely understandable, it doesn’t allow us an actual experience of it. Therefore it may seem worse than it actually is. Sometimes the simple act of bringing your attention to what is actually happening right now with psychotherapy or yoga or both makes it tolerable. Disciplining ourselves to stay present and bringing our attention back to this moment is scientifically proven to change your brain. Please contact me if you are experiencing chronic pain and we can discuss an individualized plan for you including your physician and others in a successful team approach.
NPR interview with Krishna on Treating Chronic Pain
An estimated 50 million Americans live with day to day pain from sports injuries, back injuries, car accidents, or health conditions. We talk about medications but also the many other treatments pain doctors are using including acupuncture, yoga, massage and much more. Also discussed: the psychiatric approaches to pain and suffering, and the role spirituality can play. Mindy Todd's guests include Dr. John Bete; who specializes in pain medicine at Cape Cod Healthcare; clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Abruzzese; yoga instructor and psychotherapist Krishna Sprinkle; and licensed acupuncturist Antonio DaSilva.
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