NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR UNRESPONSIVE CLIENTS
Help your patients with difficult to diagnose pain
Does your patient:
*HSP=Highly Sensitive Person. See The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aaron.
The Complexity of "Undetectable" Pain
“Chronic pain can develop in the absence of the gross skeletal changes detectable with current technology.” (p.17)
“Muscle strain and inflammation are common causes of pain, yet they may be extremely difficult to detect—as is pain associated with systemic problems, trauma to nerves, circulatory difficulties, and central nervous system dysfunction. (p. 17)
Evans, N., Robertson, L., Walters Schmid, S. (2014) Oregon: Pain Management, retrieved 6/14/2014 from: https://www.atrainceu.com/print-course/oregon_pain_management_6_units_118
In fact, research demonstrates that chronic pain may be particularly prevalent among those with "psychologic distress"1. Specifically,
chronic pain can lead to depression and anxiety, and depression and anxiety commonly can increase sensitivity to pain stimuli and pain syndromes.
At other times, the body may simply need a gentle nudge to reset the nervous system, discharge the physical effects of trauma, or integrate aspects of mind and body that have become dissociated.
1. Marcus, D. (April 2003) Tips for Managing chronic pain. Postgraduate Medicine, 113(4), 49-58.
Addressing Client Concerns
When seeking medical care, many patients have concerns about whether their practitioner will understand their special concerns around pain and sensitivity.
"What if I have an anxiety attack or a PTSD episode? Will the practitioner be able to handle it?" or "Will I be judged for my sensitivity? I don't want to go to just anyone..."
Additionally, clients may be sensitive to conventional medication regimens or may be unhappy with side-effects and want to try natural approaches to pain management and mental-emotional balance.
Providing a Bridge Between Mind & Body
Tabitha combines the synergistic effects of medical massage and acupuncture together with a background in counseling psychology. This means you have someone who understands the same language as you and can work integratively with your treatment plan for the patient.
You can be assured that your patient will be treated with the utmost compassion and respect; and with an in-depth understanding of your client's needs for safety, sensitivity, and clear boundaries.
Other Supportive Services
Many clients also find that medical massage and acupuncture can be a great adjunct to their sessions with counselors and therapists:
1) By relieving physical symptoms & balancing mind & body, acupuncture and massage therapy can often open up a space for deeper and more productive work to happen in counseling sessions.
2) When strong emotional content is aroused or the client is triggered, acupuncture and massage can help integrate and balance the material.
3) Oriental medicine can bring up richly metaphorical imagery that can be useful to more deeply explore in a session.
4) Clients are surprised to find that unusual, somatic symptoms that they have had for years are symptoms of recognizable patterns of imbalance in Oriental Medicine that are quite treatable.
5) For more information on how Massage Therapy & Acupuncture can support counseling and therapy, please click here.
The Medicine of Acupuncture & Medical Massage Combined with the Experience of a Former Counselor
Tabitha combines the synergetic effects of massage and acupuncture together with a background in counseling psychology – making a powerful triad of safety, skill, and sensitivity for your clients. Individual sessions, group treatments, and classes are all available. A background in integrative settings makes her an ideal partner in working collaboratively with your treatment plan for the patient.
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Some additional advantages of working with Tabitha
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