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Back Pain Relief - A New Approach Makes Perfect Sense

Feb 12, 2008

The Facts

Of all chronic pain cases, back pain is overwhelmingly the most common. However most people will fail to stop the pain, and even fail to reduce it.

In Australia the treatment cost per annum of chronic, unrelieved physical pain is over $12 billion. In the USA it is more than double that. Lost productivity and other costs skyrocket these figures into the hundreds of billions. Not only is this a huge burden on the economy and the health system, but it represents an enormity of human suffering that is both appalling and terrifying.

The experience of pain is common to almost everyone, but the thought of living in agony from day to day isn't something most of us ever have to face. For those with back pain, or neck pain, every movement, sometimes even breathing, can bring that agony.

Back pain patients have every right to be angry that their treatment has failed because the failure rates are not hidden - they're available for any researcher to find. I hope that the new methods proven to be effective by Australian research will soon replace those failed, outdated methods and that people will finally gain real relief. We can expect that a majority of patients will achieve full elimination of their chronic pain, even if they've suffered for many years, and despite the number of pain treatments they've attempted previously.

The data from the Australian research showed 100 per cent cessation of pain for half the group immediately (at the first treatment) and more than 50 per cent reduction in pain for another 25%. 6-month follow-up showed that results had held or increased except for one patient, who had continued to have high-velocity cervical spine manipulations from her chiropractor, even though her pain worsened with every visit.

Our research is ongoing, and you can read more about the available research on the Real Help for Chronic Pain web site.

Reading this report will help you to:

** Understand the myths of back pain treatment so that it's clear to you why your treatment hasn't worked.

** Finally discover a treatment method for back pain that is based on sound evidence, and which has a high probability of helping you.

Even though the techniques described here are highly effective, it would be a mistake to think your doctor was unnecessary! Before we can help you, you must have a proper diagnosis of chronic pain so that we have confirmation that this is the problem, and not some treatable underlying condition.

On no account should you self-diagnose any condition, and all unexplained pain should be investigated. If you choose to do the chronic pain program, whether solely through the application of what you learn in this report, or through the on-line program on www.realhelpforchronicpain.com, you should do so only under the supervision of your qualified medical specialist.


Scientists and medical professionals used to have some pretty strange ideas about pain, ideas that are embarrassing when we look at them in the light of up-to-date scientific knowledge! But even though we've made excellent advanced in the treatment of acute pain, in contrast the treatment of chronic pain is still in the dark ages in most cases, and it's not surprising that most back pain patients are suffering far longer than necessary, if at all!

It can be hard to understand this disparity in the research sector when we already have such good proof that chronic pain and acute pain are so different in their nature that they actually use 2 completely different nerve paths.

It is only very recently that this was clearly understood and better interventions have begun to be developed. (For a better understanding of the benefits and shortcomings of the variety of current chronic pain treatments, please download the more comprehensive report on the web site.)

The major factor in creating worthless chronic pain programs has been that program developers didn't understand that chronic pain is directly linked to the patient's internal state, which is affected by a whole range of completely non-physical issues.

As you will read in the next section, the experience of chronic pain is absolutely dependent upon these things, not because chronic pain is "all in the head", not at all! Rather these factors are absolutely complicit in the body's pain response.

When therapists haven't understood these things, they've often misdirected treatment, or even ordered patients to do things that increased the pain instead of easing it, creating a state of hightened distress.

The other area in which we "got it wrong" was that we blamed the patient for his pain, accusing him of "bringing on the pain" or "creating the pain" by his thoughts and attitudes. Several current approaches still do this.

We now know that those thoughts and attitudes certainly do help produce pain, but that they in turn are produced by unconscious emotional responses, over which the patient does not have direct control! So insisting that the patient use willpower and basically try to ignore their pain, could be seen as blatantly cruel.

We now have an intelligent, proven, and human alternative to those outdated methods, where we permanently "decondition" the emotional states attached to the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that have become linked to the pain. When pain can be relieved so simply and easily, why would anyone want to do it the hard way?

The third area where we didn't so much "get it wrong" as much as just didn't know, because the scientific tools to demonstrate this weren't yet developed, was how the brain actually processes chronic pain. Brain imaging techniques have clearly demonstrated that the brain activity that typifies chronic pain signalling is almost identical to that created by emotional pain such as fear, anger or other emotional distress.

To us it's rather incredible that no-one else seems to have identified the relationship to learning theory and memory studies. If only they had, we would get other researchers joining us instead of wasting time on red herrings! If only they would realise that the same brain processes that give rise to conditioned responses and memory also give rise to chronic pain.

It's tragic that the outcome of all these misunderstandings and lack of knowledge is that pain programs have been so ineffective that they best they could do was help the patient to "cope" with their pain, but not reduce it or eliminate it.

So for people with unrelenting back pain, it should be no wonder why so many different treatments, from strong analgesics, to CBT, to hydrotherapy and even surgery, have failed to deliver.


Now that we understand the true nature of chronic back pain, we can stop blaming the patient for his thinking, we can stop treating the patient as if he were merely a body part, and we can address the real "culprit" behind unrelenting back pain. This is the conditioned behaviour of your central nervous system.

In complete contrast to every other program, this chronic pain program has as its aim the complete elimination of your back pain. And it does that by working with the mechanisms which produce your pain signals, switching them off permanently so that they never recur.

This proven program is known as BMSA, or Brief, Multi-Sensory Activation therapy, and it has achieved outstanding results, even where back pain sufferers have had serious pain for many years, and even where the patient has tried and failed many other pain programs. Most people can learn to self treat very quickly and easily, and most people achieve some result from the very first treatment.

According to Australian clinical research, carried out over the last 6 years, approximately 95 per cent of patients with chronic back pain will successfully eliminate or dramatically reduce their pain.

Further reports and case studies are freely available on the web site.
About the Author
Christine Sutherland is a researching clinician and an expert in chronic back pain . More detailed information on why current treatments usually fail, and what you can do about your back pain is freely available.
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