Howard Schubiner, MD, is on a mission to help practitioners and the public better understand the body-mind connection to chronic pain. He is the clinical director and co-founder of Freedom From Chronic Pain, and for decades, he has been a pioneering author, clinician, and researcher in this field. He’s a clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and practices at cormendihealth.com.
Dr. Schubiner says we need pain because it is the body’s way of warning us that something is wrong. Usually, that pain is physically generated from the body. Yet, our brain can also “turn on” pain when we feel in danger, trapped, or experiencing many emotion-related situations.
If a person wants relief, it’s essential to determine whether the pain is from a physical or emotional source.
Is it a mind-body disorder? For example, if the pain in your stomach is from a bacterial infection, then you need to address the infection. But if you have stomach pain because you have a demanding boss, or you are stressed or in despair about a failing relationship, then you need to pay attention to that message. He says that once you learn the source of the pain, you can take steps to deal with it. See Understanding Mind Body Syndrome.
Dr. Schubiner: You can break the connection between your mind and your physical pain. And you can start to use your mental energy to overcome your pain and rebuild your life. I know this is true, because I have done it myself. I’ve changed my understanding of the source of my pain and now I can prevent my body from producing pain due to the stresses of everyday life. More importantly, I’ve seen it happen in hundreds of patients.
Introductory videos from Dr. Schubiner
How to determine the cause of chronic pain
How to reverse chronic pain
Check for additional videos here.
Do you need help dealing with chronic pain?
You can learn more about dealing with chronic pain from this interview with Dr. Schubiner by Seattle Anxiety Specialists. Also, check out Dr. Schubiner’s website UnlearnYourPain.com. He and his team treat patients and also train practitioners worldwide.