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How To Treat Chronic Pain Holistically

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Chronic pain is widespread. Because it is so common, doctors must make daily use of their knowledge of how to treat chronic pain.

What is chronic pain?

Officially, pain is chronic when conventional treatment fails for 6 months or more. Actually, if the pain is not much better in 3 months, conventional therapy is unlikely to succeed! It is then time to explore other options for treatment.

Perhaps at least in part to its prevalence, chronic pain is said to be the costliest health problem in the United States, where estimated annual costs total around $100 billion.

Some of the component facts that comprise this statistic are:

  • Low back pain. A significant health problem, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. says that 70 – 85% of all people have back pain at some time in their life, and it is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in those under 45.
  • Cancer pain. This pain affects most people in intermediate and advanced stages of cancer. Approximately 1.4 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
  • Arthritis pain. According to Stanford Hospital and Clinics, arthritis pain affects more than 50 million Americans each day.

Of these three pain types, chronic back pain is the most common clinical problem.

Back pain has many different causes including scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal stenosis, compression fracture, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis, trauma, ruptured disc, spinal tumor, rheumatoid spondylitis, osteomyelitis, sacroiliac shear and fibromyalgia.

Surgical treatment is indicated only for a truly ruptured disc, severe stenosis and stenosis. However, these surgeries have a failure rate of at least 10 to 20% in controlling pain. Facet rhizotomy, destroying the facet nerve or nerves is, properly done, one of the most successful surgeries.

The most missed diagnosis is sacral shear, a rotation of the sacrum itself, which is totally correctable within three minutes! In general, only holistically expert physicians and Osteopaths know and successfully treat this condition. Unfortunately, it is not part of chiropractic.

Chronic headache is perhaps the second most common clinical problem.

Headache is perhaps the second most common clinical problem. and includes a wide variety, from migraine to cervical spine disorders to tension headache and rarely to brain tumors. For migraine, eighty-five percent of individuals do well with temperature biofeedback training.

Although opioids and analgesics may help reduce headache or back pain in the short term, they are rarely useful long term. Chronic, or long-term, headache or back pain is best treated holistically.

How to treat chronic pain when opioids and analgesics stop providing relief.

Holistic treatment for chronic pain is very effective. In our clinic, we have more than an 80% success rate of treating chronic pain holistically.


The first treatment option to consider in this situation is TENS, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It can be a life-saver and it is available without a prescription.

Placing electrodes above and below or on either side of the pain is usually the first approach. If it does not work there, placing electrodes bilaterally on Bladder 60 and Kidney 3 points is often effective. 

Spinal cord stimulation introduced by Shealy in 1960s remains in use around the world because of its effectiveness. The only drawback is that it requires a properly trained physician.


There are three excellent Biogenics® exercises that work well in properly trained patients.

The first is collect and release, using measured deep breathing to collect and release sensations from each part of the body.

The second approach is to perfect the idea of breathing through the skin of the right hand for 20 minutes to make the hand numb. Once achieved, the technique can be applied to any part of the body.

Finally, there is the technique of imaging the body with a one-inch electromagnetic field, starting at the feet and gradually moving up through top of the head. Then you imagine the electromagnetic field expanding up to 12 inches from the bottom of the feet to the top of the head.

Each of these 3 techniques is far more valuable than any drug when it comes to treating chronic pain.


And the use of the Shealy-Sorin Gamma PEMF is highly successful in relieving many different pains as well as helping anxiety and depression!

Acupuncture of all types

Of course, acupuncture and electro-acupuncture are highly effective and transcutaneous acupuncture with Fire Bliss helps 70% of those with migraine and with back pain and depression. For localized pain, we will soon be releasing Pain Bliss.

Additional help for treating long-standing and complex pain.

For those with long-standing and complex pain problems, a one- or two-week intensive, 40 hours each week is the most successful program. This can be done here in Springfield, Missouri or as a virtual home program with our daily involvement.

Most individuals with chronic pain have depression, anxiety and one or more additional health problems, such as hypertension, obesity, or diabetes. All such chronic situations respond optimally to a comprehensive holistic approach. Drugs are NEVER the answer and generally only make the problems worse.

The Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute began 50 years ago primarily to treat chronic pain. Now we have worked with over 35,000 individuals with every known chronic problem. The Holistic approach to treat chronic pain is far superior to the conventional medicine approach. Start your journey to comfort and health by calling 417-361-5221 or 888-983-3904 today.

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. Dr. Sergey Sorin is a holistic physician as well as the CEO and medical director of the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute. Both doctors recommend the Biogenics System as part of your overall commitment to self-health and enhancing your positivity.


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