Are you suffering from chronic pain and have already tried a lot of different treatments but still no results? Your pain may have an emotional root. Learn more about an alternative way of treating chronic pain as I interviewed Kent Bassett, one of the directors of the documentary film This Might Hurt, and Dr. Howard Schubiner. We talk about their film that addresses the fact that sometimes pain can have emotional causes and how you can take the steps to heal and eliminate pain.
“There’s no such thing as negative emotions. Emotions are there to help, protect, and alert us.” - Dr. Howard Schubiner
“Roughly 30 - 40% of people who come to see a doctor do not have a structural problem for which their symptoms are attributable to. The vast majority of people with chronic pain do not have a structural injury.” - Dr. Howard Schubiner
“Pain in a way is a fascinating window into the mind-body process that we all deal with all the time that has so much richness and texture that we’re often not aware of.” - Kent Bassett
What You Will Learn From This Episode
The relationship between emotional trauma and chronic pain How we can deal with pent-up emotions (like anger) to help mitigate physical pain How the majority of people who have chronic pain do not have a structural problem/injury 2 factors that drive pain to become worse or chronic Why traditional doctors/medicine are hesitant to use this kind of treatment How this treatment is proven to be effective The 4 steps to healing chronic pain using the mind-body connection Is relapse possible once a person had been healed How we can find safety within our own bodies
About Kent Bassett:
Kent Bassett is an Emmy-nominated editor and director from Arizona. Much of the drive to make This Might Hurt came from his own struggle with pain as a 22-year-old. Unable to type or even turn a doorknob, he was forced to drop out of college. Although he saw several doctors and tried physical therapy, strength training, and was put on opioids—his pain grew steadily worse. It wasn’t until he had an insight into the role of the brain in triggering real physical pain that he was able to completely recover.
About Dr. Howard Schubiner:
Dr. Howard Schubiner is the Director of Mind-Body Medicine Program at Ascension Providence Hospital and a Clinical Professor at Michigan State University. He has been treating chronic pain patients for nearly two decades. He is recognized as a leading researcher and physician in the field of pain medicine.
The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain by John E. Sarno, M.D.
Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Embrace Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself by Andrew Weil, M.D.
Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA)
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