This book explores why some individuals experience a cycle of unresolved pain, why it occurs and describes methods for both prevention and intervention. Dr. Bittman helps the reader understand the relation between mind and body and how stress, secondary to unremitting pain, can lead to a hopeless-helpless despair. Written in easy to understand prose with case stories, the book educates the reader regarding anatomy, physiology and the role of the mind in the interpretation of pain stimuli. The greatest contributions found in the book are the chapters describing the role of learned responses to pain, and what is learned can also be reprogrammed. This book is about transforming power from the expert to the ultimate user- the individual experiencing pain. It encourages the individual to take action which can help reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain. Dr. Bittman helps patients asses their situation, work with members of the health care team and establish realistic goals.
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Bittman, a neurologist and director of the Headache Center and Neurology Institute of Western Pennsylvania, avers that chronic-pain sufferers can call upon the relationship between the mind and the body to revise their experience of pain. To that end, he reiterates 10 steps, e.g., improving one's body awareness, facing one's continuing conflicts and becoming an informed consumer of medical caregivers. Bittman emphasizes that the decision to live without chronic pain must represent the conscious effort of one's entire being. While a small selection of recommended readings (by such authors as Richard Bach, Wayne Dyer and Bernie Siegel) is provided, references to scientific studies are noticeably missing. Sufferers of chronic pain may well find encouragement here, but the author's claims for a biofeedback machine of his own invention give much of his advice a self-serving cast.
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Book Description Praeger, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1567502075