RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

AN IMPORTANT CAVEAT

In this age of access to virtually unlimited information, it is easy to get caught in a cycle of endlessly seeking new resources and never actually implementing what you’ve learned. My best recommendation is that you choose a single source of information and then delve deep rather than flitting from one thing to the next. Read a single book and act on what you’ve learned before moving on. Enroll in a course and make a serious effort to follow the expert advice that you’ve paid for. Commit to a single course of action and do not deviate until you’ve experienced the transformation you are seeking!

Please consider The Meter Method as your next step. In it I have taken the best of the wealth of information in the resources below and created a step-by-step approach to reclaiming your life from pain. It is the product of years worth of study and the experience of overcoming chronic pain myself and walking hundreds of other people through the same process. 

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MIND BODY MEDICINE

Mind Body Medicine & Related Topics — Books

Back in Control: a Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain by David Hanscom

Written by a spinal surgeon, this is one of my favorite books on chronic pain. This is a must-read for anyone considering spinal surgery.

The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain by John Sarno

This book was the starting point for my recovery from chronic pain. It is a relatively quick read and (despite the description) is about much more than back pain.

The Meaning of Truth: Embrace Your Truth, Create Your Life by Nicole Sachs

This book is a great overview of the use of expressive writing to overcome pain. The author also has an excellent YouTube channel.

The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice is Making Us Worse by Steven Ozanich

This is a long, dense book about one man’s very persistent efforts to overcome pain. There’s detail here that you won’t find in other books, but it’s a dense read.

Zero Pain Now by Adam Heller

This easy to read book is an introduction to a very expensive program with the same name.

Mind Body Medicine & Related Topics — Podcasts and Videos

Dr. Sarno reading the first several chapters of his book Healing Back Pain. It is a treat to hear these words in the voice of the author.

Mind Body Medicine & Related Topics — Miscellaneous Resources

PAIN SCIENCE & NEUROPLASTICITY

Explain Pain by David Butler & Lorimer Moseley

I love this easy to read book, but unfortunately it is currently very expensive on Amazon.

Explain Pain Supercharged by David Butler & Lorimer Moseley

This book is a more in-depth exploration of the concepts from Explain Pain and is intended for health care providers. It is even more expensive. 

OTHER TOPICS

Change Triangle

Core Desired Feelings

Emotional Agility

Enneagram

Forgiveness

Tapping

This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes and as a self-help tool for your own use. It does not constitute medical or mental health advice or treatment. Do not delay in seeking medical care or discontinue treatment recommended by a physician or other health care provider because of what you have read on this site. Readers suffering from pain or any other symptom should undergo appropriate medical examination to exclude serious injuries or illnesses that may require immediate or aggressive treatment before initiating the self-treatment approaches described on this site. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. Please refer to my full disclaimer here.