Ongoing pain is now the most costly health problem facing the planet. With the combined yearly cost of treatment and loss of productivity measured in the hundreds of billions of dollars and rising, pain is more costly than heart disease, diabetes and cancer. But the personal cost of chronic pain can be even worse because it can be so distressing, so disabling and so persistent that it stops you from doing the things you want to do – the things that give your life meaning. However, over the last 20 years a new, powerful and scientific treatment has emerged that has been nothing less than a revolution. There are no pills, no electronic gadgets, no bad side effects, and most importantly, you can do it yourself. The Explain Pain Revolution is all about understanding pain – understanding that many things, often surprising things can, and do, contribute to pain, and what to do about these. The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer is the latest step in the Explain Pain Revolution from the authors who really started the revolution over a decade ago with the original and best selling book Explain Pain.
This book is for anyone experiencing pain, as well as their families, their friends and their health professionals. Whether you are experiencing ongoing back pain, neck pain, shoulder or knee pain, headaches, or have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or any other chronic pain syndrome, you will find helpful and practical information that will be immediately useful. Many people with chronic pain feel like they have tried everything and run out of options. We know that there are millions of people experiencing chronic pain who have tried therapies of all kinds with no relief and now feel like they are battling on their own. This book is for you! The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer has been carefully written and constructed so that you will immediately start to understand your pain better and do things to reduce your pain today. However, if you are currently receiving the assistance of a health professional, The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer will help you and your clinician explore new avenues for your recovery and rehabilitation.
If you stick at it, by the end of this book, you will:
- Understand why you are hurting
- Know how to 'power up' other therapies, especially movement and exercise
- Be well on your way to treating your pain scientifically and safely
- Know where you can seek an even deeper understanding of pain
- Be ready to help others who are on the same journey