Dr. Maggie Phillips

The Advantages of Alternative Treatment

 

Before you decide whether you are ready to participate in the Reversing Chronic Pain online program, it might be a good idea to remind yourself why an alternative pain treatment program may be right for you.

Since 1993, research has documented the popularity of alternative medicine. In a study published that year in The New England Journal of Medicine, the authors determined that 1 out of 3 Americans were utilizing alternative medicine. By 1998, that percentage had increased to one out of two, and researchers documented that more Americans visited alternative practitioners than traditional ones. Those numbers have continued to increase exponentially in each calendar year since.

Why have millions of Americans turned to alternative methods for healthcare? By and large, it appears that this trend has developed to find solutions to our epidemic pain problem. Although modern medicine has extended our life expectancies, it has not been able to cure many painful health conditions such as arthritis and cancer. So, we find ourselves living longer, often in pain.

Do alternative methods work? Often they do, but it’s important to remember that no one method works for everyone in pain. So whether it’s magnet therapy, reiki, acupuncture, Pilates, meditation, or homeopathy, just to mention a few possibilities, it’s important to find the combination of traditional and alternative approaches to pain that will really work for YOU.

The benefit of the Reversing Chronic Pain program is that if offers you a combination of approaches that do not cost money beyond the use of the book and the tutorials, and are completely natural, without the risk of side effects that medications often have. The tools are completely portable and require no previous study. You can practice these methods wherever you travel in your day and in your life. I wish I could predict which ones will work best for you, but I’m afraid that is something that only you can discover yourself through open-minded exploration.

Fortunately, there are guidelines that can help, and that’s what the RCP online program provides you. Each module contains up to date information that stretches beyond the book, along with audio and video guides to help you apply the methods more effectively, and opportunities to chart your progress in a journal, either on your computer or in a separate book that you use every day. Because this program is multi-modal (that is, it combines multiple approaches in ways that can boost the effects of each one), you have the advantage of making many choices on your own behalf, and of changing those decisions and intentions based on the results you are getting, so that you develop a fluid, flexible program that fits your ever-changing needs. You will also learn how to track your responses to the multiple methods you will be trying out so that you can determine what is working best, and what does not seem to be helping you get the results that you want.

You may want to make use of the additional resources that accompany each learning module, including suggested books, links to numerous other websites, podcasts and radio interviews. You may also find it helpful to consult the ongoing blog posted on this website, where I will share information that is even more current than the learning modules. The discussion board may be a good support so that you can share your discoveries, learn from other participants, and find companionship on your journey 24/7.

Most of all, I hope you will find daily inspiration to help you come home to your body. Pain is one of the greatest challenges to our acceptance of embodiment in this life. Yet bringing ourselves back into our bodies is necessary for the practice of fully grateful, joyous living. When we do this, we allow healing power to flow through us, and appreciate our full aliveness as the greatest gift we have. For more inspiration to help you feel at home in your body, go to www.gratefulness.org/t/body.htm. And now, click here to learn how you can participate in RCP online.

As good as this program is, it will not help you to the maximum level if you are unable to become an active, open-minded participant. Essentially, you need to become your own best healer. You’ve probably had experiences with medical professionals that have been frustrating or marginally helpful. Even if you’ve worked with the best, they may not have known how to help you or been able to pinpoint why their treatments did not deliver the best results possible for you. After a few of these encounters, it’s hard to get your hopes up about a new approach. You may not have enough energy for anything except crawling through another painful day. More than anything, you want to stop hurting, and you aren’t sure where to turn to get what you need. When everyone around you seems to have given up on you, it’s very difficult not to give up on yourself.

 

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