Try ‘Body Talk’ for chronic pain relief |

Try ‘Body Talk’ for chronic pain relief

As a person with no little experience in dealing with chronic pain (12 years of trying virtually every technique available to reduce the pain, but without success), I would like to compliment Laurel Gavin for her thorough commentary on chronic pain treatments in her recent Union article, “Living with chronic pain” (June 13). Her descriptions of the growing number of treatments available for confronting what she calls “the beast” give hope to those of us trying to manage pain.

I agree with her suggestion “that people who have tried physical therapy in the past might wish to go back and try it again, even if they did not find it helpful the first time. Therapists often differ in their approaches and newer techniques are now available.”

After undergoing a series of invasive medical treatments that proved to be unsuccessful, I decided to try physical therapy again, but this time with Tricia Baker of Springhill Physical Therapy in Grass Valley. Baker uses one of these “newer techniques” called Body Talk. Her goal is to retrain my body in the ways it handles pain.

I’m beginning to feel results with this new technique, with increased daily energy, a better sense of bodily balance, and – yes! – reduced levels of pain. And that’s not surprising, given that instead of just two of us doing the work – the therapist and me – we now have a third powerful agent working with us at the most basic of levels: my body.

John Horlivy

Nevada City

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