Childhood Trauma And Its Link To Adult Chronic Pain.

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DISCLAIMER : NEVER ASSUME PAIN IS DUE TO PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES – ALWAYS CONSULT AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL TO HAVE ITS CAUSE PROPERLY INVESTIGATED.

The rehabilitatiion specialist, Dr John Sarno (Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University, theorized that a significant amount of chronic pain reported to doctors is connected to repressed rage, often stemming from a traumatic childhood. In other words, he believed that, often, pain is a physical manifestation of underlying, deeply rooted emotional and psychological problems (it is also theorized that pent up anger and rage towards one’s parents, and then redirected inwardly against oneself, is sometimes a predominant cause of depression).

He also believed that the way to treat such pain was to explain to the patient, and get him / her to understand and accept, it’s genuine origin (i..e the aforementioned emotional and psychological problems.

In particular, Sarno believed that individuals who were at especially high risk of developing this kind of psychosomatic chronic pain (N.B. just because some pain is psychosomatic, as opposed to being caused by, say, physical injury, does not imply its debilitating effects upon the individual are less serious) were adults who were prone to ‘perfectionism‘ and ‘workaholism’ due to their dysfunctional, unpredictable childhoods over which they were forever striving to gain a semblance of control.

Based on this theory, Sarno was able to successfully treat many patients who suffered from chronic back pain. However, it should be noted that these successfully treated patients were pre-assessed to ascertain that they were suitable candidates for treatment. Sarno’s treatment method consisted of him giving his patients three lectures about what he believed to be the psychological causes of their condition.

Sarno is credited by some contemporary pain specialsists (Sarno’s work dates all the way back to the 1960s) as being as an important figure in as far as he encouraged further research into the mind-body connection which has led to the much greater understanding we have of its authenticity today.

DISCLAIMER : NEVER ASSUME PAIN IS DUE SOLELY TO PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES – ALWAYS CONSULT AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL TO HAVE ITS CAUSE PROPERLY INVESTIGATED.

READ MORE ABOUT SARNO’S THEORIES IN HIS BOOK (CLICK BELOW FOR DETAILS) :

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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).

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About David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)

Psychologist, researcher and educationalist.

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