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Bernard Schatz's current monumental book (the final version for all the "stepping stones versions written earlier): Chronic Pain! The Overlooked Simplicity! can change the lives of millions now suffering Chronic Pain. Bernard had studied and treated Chronic Pain for over half a century, since 1950 when he began work at the Institute for Medical Research, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles. In 1957 he became a Physical Therapist. Throughout the years his focus has been to help those suffering Chronic Pain. Bernard discovered that the primary cause of Chronic Pain is contracted tissues that press on nerves. And, that by using the sensitivity and accuracy of fingers–connected to the marvelous power the Human Brain as exploring instruments,it is possible to find and interpret the nature of tissue dysfunction underlying Chronic Pain. When this is done, dysfunctioning tissues become normal and Chronic Pain goes away and stays away! This method of “Overlooked Simplicity” is carefully described in the book. If you suffer Chronic Pain there is great hope for you. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING CHRONIC PAIN, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS, AND DOCTORS. This is the only COMPLETE BOOK. His previous books were only stepping stones to the current one.
Please, if you have purchased any earlier books by Bernard, understand that they have all been stepping stones to this (most clear) version of "The Schatz Technique"®. And this version will be the most helpful of all the rest. If it has been helpful please add a review here so that it may help others in Chronic Pain.
Bernard dedicated his book to Ignatz Semmelweis. His "Overlooked Simplicity" was to have doctors wash their hands.
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Bernard Schatz, P.T., had studied and treated chronic pain for over half a century-since 1950, when he began work at the Institute for Medical Research, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles.
He discovered that the primary cause of chronic pain is contracted tissues that press on nerves. If contracted tissues occur in the neck and scalp, doctors call the pain "migraine." If contracted tissues occur in the hand and arm, doctors call it "carpal tunnel syndrome" and if it occurs throughout the body, "fibromyalgia." It's one condition with many names.
Bernard developed a method, the Schatz Technique(tm) Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment Method, that normalizes contracted tissues. They become healthy and free of pain.
Bernard passed away at 83 from pneumonia in July of 2015. He was still using his technique to keep his body strong during his last year of life. In the past he suffered pain in his neck, shoulders, arms, back and legs. Pain that doctors called "chronic." However, he treated himself in the way he advises others. The result: for many years he woke in the morning without pain, and went through the day without pain. (If he could do it so can readers of this book.)From Kirkus Reviews:
In this self-help book, Schatz roots out a single underlying cause for chronic pain and offers a method to treat it. A diagnosis of chronic pain presents a patient with two options: follow a doctor’s advice or seek an alternative method of treatment. Schatz points out that injury or long-lasting physical or emotional stress can leave a mark on the body, as layers of tightened or thickened tissues put pressure on blood vessels and nerves, causing pain. The only way to diagnose these tissues properly, the author asserts, is through touch—an exploration with the fingertips on the skin, aided by lotion—but it’s a method that doctors appear to be reluctant to include in their practices. Over prolonged periods, and sometimes quite swiftly, such explorations can relieve thickened tissue and return it to a soft, supple, pain-free state, he writes. Schatz divides his book into a number of useful sections, focusing on carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, migraines and fibromyalgia. Throughout, he maintains a comfortable, accessible scientific tone, but the book unfortunately lacks references; a review of anatomical dermatomes, for example, might have been welcome during the book’s discussion of referred pain. The author is trained in physical therapy, and apparently finds remarkable success with his patients, but he may not be able to change the medical establishment’s pervasive disinterest in his method. That said, this is an excellent reference that should attract a large audience among those seeking relief from unmanageable pain. A concise, easy-to-use guide showcasing a delightfully simple method of exploring, and alleviating, the underlying causes of chronic pain.
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