In my many years of clinical practice and research, I’ve treated a countless number of people in chronic muscle and joint pain. I’ve learned a lot. When I was a young physician, I thought that chronic pain was merely a physical problem – treat the pain and the patient improves. But there’s so much more to chronic pain than inflamed muscles and joints. When you live in chronic pain, it’s not only your body that hurts, but your feelings and emotions get a battering as well.
During the course of my patients’ therapy (about one year to eighteen months) we have lots of opportunity to talk. From them, I’ve learned that their chronic pain impacts them on a profound level that affects every aspect of their life – not only physically, but emotionally; with their family, friends and co-workers.
After my patients complete their therapy, they no longer have chronic muscle and joint pain. But what they may still have are feelings of fear, confusion, anger and depression. They can maintain vestiges of these painful emotions that have been initiated and fueled by the chronic physical pain that they suffered with for so many years of their life.
These residual emotions can be deep and the sufferer may not even be aware of them, but they daily impact their lives, creating unpredictable and even irrational emotions; sometimes subtle and sometimes overt.
For example, one of the most common psychological reactions I’ve seen, are revealed in my patients after they complete their therapy. They feel great – no pain – but yet are scared to death that their pain will return. After many months of wellbeing, even the slightest episode of transient pain can trigger an intense fear reaction where they believe that their debilitating chronic pain symptoms have returned.
One of my former patients, previously a competitive marathon runner, decided to go running 9 miles – something he had not done for many years. When he returned, he hurt. He immediately contacted me and I could hear the fear in his voice as he lamented that his worse fear had returned – his hip was hurting again.
I gently explained that of course he would hurt if he engaged in physical activity far beyond what he had done in many years. He sighed a breath of relief, but traces of his apprehension remained. It took many months for this man to gain confidence that his body was not going to return to the former state of chronic pain that he once had before initiating my therapy.
Handling Emotional Fears That Accompany Chronic Pain
The first and most important thing that the chronic pain sufferer needs to recognize is that your fears are real and that you, your family, your friends and your doctor should not dismiss them as being over reactive.
Even if you have not yet found a therapy to permanently eliminate your chronic muscle and joint pain, your distressing emotional feelings must be recognized and handled, whether through traditional or alternative treatment.
I personally have seen almost miraculous results with patients who have used alternative therapies to eliminate negative emotions. Some you can even do on your own, such as Emotional Freedom Technique.
The ultimate solution is to effectively treat your chronic muscle and joint pain so that it does not return. This can only be done by isolating the underlying cause and treating that directly. When your physical pain is no longer, it’s much easier and faster to handle emotional fears. Then you can simply relax and enjoy your new state of physical wellbeing.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain