The
Meter Method

A revolutionary online course that will empower you to reclaim your life from persistent pain.

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING IS YOUR NATURAL STATE.

But has chronic pain robbed you of your wellbeing and left you:

  • Ashamed of the housework that has gone neglected, the friendships you’ve let lapse, and the career aspirations you’ve had to abandon?
  • Depressed because you cannot participate in activities that you used to love?
  • Sick of living in fear of the flare-ups that come out of nowhere (and always when you can least afford it)?
  • Scared when you look to the future because you’re entirely dependent on a medical system that’s more expensive and less attentive by the day?
  • Tired of medications – you can’t live with them, but you can’t live without them either?
  • Unwilling to keep going on like this but unsure what other choice you have?

YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY!

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING IS YOUR NATURAL STATE.

But has persistent pain robbed you of your wellbeing and left you:

  • Ashamed of the housework that has gone neglected, the friendships you’ve let lapse, and the career aspirations you’ve had to abandon?
  • Depressed because you cannot participate in activities that you used to love?
  • Sick of living in fear of the flare-ups that come out of nowhere (and always when you can least afford it)?
  • Scared when you look to the future because you’re entirely dependent on a medical system that’s more expensive and less attentive by the day?
  • Tired of medications – you can’t live with them, but you can’t live without them either?
  • Unwilling to keep going on like this but unsure what other choice you have?

YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY!

WILL IT WORK FOR ME?

The Meter Method is for YOU if:

1. You have pain or other symptoms that have persisted for three months or longer...

Here is a partial list of the conditions clinically proven to respond to The Meter Method:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Bulging discs
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Dizziness
  • Facial pain
  • Fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heartburn/acid reflux
  • Herniated disc
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial cystitis/spastic bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Migraine headaches
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Numbness, tingling sensations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Palpitations
  • Pelvic pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Repetitive stress injury
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylitis or spondylosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tension headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Whiplash
  • Many more!
2. You've already had a thorough medical exam...

Although it is not likely, it is possible that your pain and/or other symptoms could be caused by a serious condition such as a tumor, a fracture, cancer, or infection that may require immediate medical and/or surgical intervention. For this reason it is absolutely essential for you to undergo a thorough examination from a physician or other licensed health care provider before embarking upon The Meter Method journey. Read more about this important first step here.

If, on the other hand, your doctor has told you (any of the below):

  • They can’t figure out what’s wrong…
  • You have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome…
  • You need to manage your stress better…
  • You have a “functional” problem…
  • You need to exercise more (or start physical therapy)…
  • Managing your symptoms with medications is the best you can hope for…
  • You’re not a surgical candidate or you don’t need surgery right now but you might at some point in the future…
  • You just need to learn to “live with it”…

…then The Meter Method is perfect for you!

3. You're a perfectionist, very responsible, a really nice person, and/or you have other specific personality traits...

 Certain personality traits make it more likely that pain will persist, even after tissue healing takes place. If any of these characteristics are part of your personality, you are likely to benefit from The Meter Method. 

  • Compulsive
  • Conscientious
  • Controlling
  • Dependable
  • Dilligent
  • Do-gooder
  • Driven
  • Fearful of making mistakes
  • Goal oriented
  • Hard on yourself
  • Highly empathic
  • Highly responsible
  • Intent on doing the right thing
  • Mild mannered
  • Need to be liked
  • Non-confrontational
  • People-pleaser
  • Perfectionistic
  • Prone to sweating the small stuff
  • Prone to worry
  • Religious
  • Sensitive
  • Vigilant

Take a quick quiz to find out whether you are likely to benefit from The Meter Method.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for lots more information.

HI! I’M KRISTEN HORNER WARREN 

I’ve helped hundreds of people to reclaim their lives using my transformative approach, which merges the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine with modern pain science and resolves the root cause of persistent pain without medications or surgery.

I can help you too!

 

I’VE GOT TO BE HONEST, THOUGH

Not everyone is ready to hear what I have to say or embrace my approach.
Heck, I wasn’t ready myself the first time I came across this information!

In order to reclaim your life, you are going to have to:

  • Be COURAGEOUS enough to consider the possibility that the cause of your pain lies in unexpected places.
  • Be OPEN-MINDED enough to entertain the possibility that “conventional wisdom” from trusted authorities (whether “traditional” or “alternative”) is actually keeping you stuck and confused.
  • Be more PERSISTENT than your pain!

But don’t worry…

IF YOU’VE GOT THE COURAGE AND OPEN-MINDEDNESS NEEDED TO START, WE WILL WALK TOGETHER EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

I’VE GOT TO BE HONEST, THOUGH

Not everyone is ready to hear what I have to say or embrace my approach.
Heck, I wasn’t ready myself the first time I came across this information!

In order to reclaim your life, you are going to have to:

  • Be COURAGEOUS enough to consider the possibility that the cause of your pain lies in unexpected places.
  • Be OPEN-MINDED enough to entertain the possibility that “conventional wisdom” from trusted authorities (whether “traditional” or “alternative”) is actually keeping you stuck and confused.
  • Be more PERSISTENT than your pain!

But don’t worry…

IF YOU’VE GOT THE COURAGE AND OPEN-MINDEDNESS NEEDED TO START, WE WILL WALK TOGETHER EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

THE FIVE-STEP PROCESS

The power of the METER METHOD lies in five synergistic steps that will enable you to harness the remarkable plasticity of your brain and move toward freedom from physical and emotional suffering. By doing this work you will gain crystal clarity about the inner barriers that have kept you stuck, as well as the unique gifts and strengths that can be used to propel you forward into the  joyful life that is your birthright. Each module contains dozens of transformational insights, as well as actionable tools that will literally rewire your brain and empower you to reclaim your life from pain.

Embrace a MINDBODY explanation

Finally understand why you hurt! A simple, easy to understand explanation of the physiology of pain will dispel fear, give you a sense of control, and will convince you that there is good reason for hope.

Befriend all of your EMOTIONS

Your uncomfortable emotions are the key to transformation! Insight from the Enneagram will empower you to identify and transcend the emotional avoidance habits that are keeping you stuck and to capitalize on your unique strengths.

TELL the story you want to live

Your personal narrative is quite literally the soil in which your life experience grows. You will pivot away from a story of pain and suffering and toward one of authentic empowerment and new possibilities.

EXPAND beyond your limitations

Is the list of things you “can’t” do because of pain getting longer by the day? Break free from old limitations systematically and safely, dispel the myths that have kept you stuck, and rewire your brain so that you can live again. 

Take RESPONSIBILITY   for yourself

Chronic pain affects every aspect of your life. Take an honest look at the hidden dynamics in your life (no one else is talking about these!) that are holding you back and make a decision to reclaim your life.

Embrace a MINDBODY explanation

Finally understand why you hurt! A simple, easy to understand explanation of the physiology of pain will dispel fear, give you a sense of control, and will convince you that there is good reason for hope.

Befriend all of your EMOTIONS

Your uncomfortable emotions are the key to transformation! Insight from the Enneagram will empower you to identify and transcend the emotional avoidance habits that are keeping you stuck and to capitalize on your unique strengths..

TELL the story you want to live

Your personal narrative is quite literally the soil in which your life experience grows. Pivot away from a story of pain and suffering and toward one of authentic empowerment and new possibilities.

EXPAND beyond your old limitations

Is the list of things you “can’t” do because of pain getting longer by the day? Break free from old limitations systematically and safely and rewire your brain so that you can live again. 

Take RESPONSIBILITY for yourself

Chronic pain affects every aspect of your life. Take an honest look at the hidden dynamics in your life (no one else is talking about these!) that are holding you back and make a decision to reclaim your life. 

Read all about why it’s called The Meter Method here.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

WORKBOOK

A 100-page printable workbook that, by the end of the 8 week course, will be filled with personalized and actionable tools, resources, and insights you will refer to all the time.

VIDEOS

Over 10 hours of paradigm-shifting videos that will take complex concepts, break them down into bite-sized chunks, and make them accessible and super easy to apply to your life.

AUDIOS

Five downloadable audio meditations and breathing exercises that will soothe pain, enhance sleep, shift you out of  fight-or-flight mode, and leave you buzzing with calm vitality.

SUPPORT

Membership in a private Slack group where you can interact with me, ask questions, share insights, and get support from other students walking the Meter Method path. 

WORKBOOK

A 100-page printable workbook that, by the end of the 8 week course, will be filled with personalized and actionable tools, resources, and insights you will refer to all the time.

VIDEOS

Over 10 hours of paradigm-shifting videos that will take complex concepts, break them down into bite-sized chunks, and make them accessible and super easy to apply to your life.

AUDIOS

Five downloadable audio meditations and breathing exercises that will soothe pain, enhance sleep, shift you out of  fight-or-flight mode, and leave you buzzing with calm vitality.

SUPPORT

Membership in a private Slack group where you can interact with me, ask questions, share insights, and get support from other students walking the Meter Method path. 

STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES

I have had three coworkers tell me they see a huge difference in me! They see my attitude and overall happiness has changed. They have told me I don’t seem as tired and worn out anymore. I love this course soooo much! I can’t thank you enough. ??????

S.W. 
S.W.

I just wanted to thank you Kristen because I feel that this course has given me my life back! I have joined a gym for the water aerobics and have ventured back in my yard without the fear I had before...every day seems to be better...I’m looking forward each and every day now!

P.C. 
P.C.

This course forced me to look at things in my life in a different light and I was able to put a lot of things into perspective that were causing me so many ailments, from depression to chronic pain in my body. With your help I have a new story (or should I say song) to describe my life. "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash is my new narrative! Since taking The Meter Method, I have bright bright bright sun shiny days. I know I can make it now, the pain is gone, all of the bad feelings have disappeared. I see the rainbow I have been praying for!  ? All I can say is THANK YOU again and again, as my life is like day now when it was like dark just a year ago or even 6 months ago.  God bless you for following your calling to help others find the light in their darkness.

L.W. 
L.W.

After finishing The Meter Method I am doing cardio in the form of jogging again! This is amazing because I missed that buzz so much! The best part is that, using the principles of neuroplasticity you taught me, I have found a way to begin from a level that is REALLY gentle AND fun! I'm done with the "boom and bust" cycles I used to put myself through and I have progressed much more quickly that I thought I would. I used to beat myself up for doing anything except work, but now I'm tapping into my creativity again! I am calmer. I am a better person to be around. I communicate much more effectively. I have a massively improved sense of perspective and can see how all this happened and why and also where I am headed. I truly think I am already 100% well, I just need to believe it! THANK YOU, KRISTEN!

J.B. 
J.B.

The biggest breakthrough I experienced by taking The Meter Method was realizing that I was masking the emotional causes of my pain by constantly seeking/researching ways to fix it. I literally have not had to visit my massage therapist or chiropractor since beginning this course. The pain has decreased dramatically and is not even there most days. If someone is on the fence about this program, I would tell them to approach with an open mind and really try the techniques. Kristen gives you an entire toolbox to pull from by the end of the course and it has helped me so much.

J.D.  
J.D.

With your help I have decided, officially, not to live with pain anymore! You really took the time to explain everything with compassion. You tackled extremely difficult topics with a firm gentleness that let me know you really understand how I feel.

C.D. 
C.D.

Unlike so many doctors that I have seen who ask me to blindly follow their directions, this course enabled me to obtain a deeper knowledge and truth of how my mind and body have been working, and what I need to do in order to change those things. It also gave me the opportunity to understand how my personality plays such a large role in my mental and physical health. Because of what I learned by taking The Meter Method, I am able to analyze what my brain is trying to tell me through my body. This has given me the ability to leave the fear bubble that had caused me to stay home and protect myself from what could happen. Now I go out and live my life doing the things that bring me joy!

J.P. 
J.P.

If you want to get your "before pain" life back, you need to take this course. The Meter Method was transformational for me because fibromyalgia had consumed my life and formed my identity since I was diagnosed in 2005. After my diagnosis, just having a name for my pain seemed to incapacitate me more than ever and limited my activities. But now I've turned back the calendar to the time before I was diagnosed and I am no longer defined by fibromyalgia!

T.C. 
T.C.

Not long before I enrolled in The Meter Method I was trying to determine if I needed to go on antidepressants for the constant fatigue I was experiencing. I wasn't comfortable with they type of medicine the doctor wanted to put me on but I really didn't know what else to do. It was hard to keep up with my kids and responsibilities with the constant fatigue and I never felt like I physically had what I needed to face the day ahead. But the first few modules of the course gave me a new understanding and I began to see my symptoms and my fatigue improve quickly. The breathing, expressive writing, and tapping are all things that have made huge a difference for me. I have found the expressive writing so helpful that I shared it with my family and now we are all doing it. The other thing that was extremely helpful were the worksheets. I am still amazed at some of the connections I made about my own emotions and my worldview through working through the worksheets.

L.D. 
L.D.

I got so much out of this course! I was able to completely discontinue a nerve pain medication that I had been on for a good while because I don't need it any more! I learned just how powerful my brain is at controlling pain in my body and got some valuable tools and strategies that will help me the rest of my life. Here and there (very seldom now!) some very mild pain tries to resurface but I use my Meter Method tools and the pain is gone quickly

J.H. 
J.H.

WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT?

Chronic pain is expensive. How much do you spend on medications and medical appointments? Drive-thru food because you’re too worn out or overwhelmed to prepare home cooked meals? Gadgets, gizmos, supplements, and creams that were supposed to get rid of your pain but collect dust instead? How much income are you losing because persistent pain has prevented you from getting a promotion, completing your education, or advancing your career?

And this is just the financial expense — the far more significant cost is the way pain has affected all aspects of your life. Ask yourself: What would it be worth to me to have more energy for the things that are important to me? To have more stable, positive moods? To rediscover the joy and motivation that persistent pain has stolen from me?

This program used to only be available to my patients at my clinic in Texas, where they would pay thousands of dollars to learn this information over the course of many one-on-one sessions. Now you can have the same experience, for a fraction of the expense, in the comfort of your own home. 

WHY IS IT CALLED THE METER METHOD?

In his book Explain Pain pain scientist Dr. Lorimer Moseley explains that “You will have pain when your brain concludes that there is more credible evidence of danger related to your body than there is credible evidence of safety related to your body.” When I first heard this explanation, it made me think back to my high school science laboratory, where there was a scale that looked like this…

 

…and that got me to thinking about my pain in this way…

…with factors like my anger, my fear of pain, my belief that my body was fragile and that I had to go to great lengths to avoid provoking a flare-up, and the disempowered victim story I was telling about my life and my pain serving as weights on the threat side of the scale and keeping the meter in my brain firmly pegged on “pain”.

Then I started working the steps of what would eventually become The Meter Method…

  • Out of desperation I set my skepticism aside and embraced a mind body explanation for my pain.
  • I brushed up on my neurophysiology and began to develop a high level of confidence the problem was in my brain, not my body.
  • I claimed the truth that my body was healthy, normal, capable, and strong.
  • I systematically started unpacking and examining some brutally difficult, ugly emotions I had been denying and ignoring and, in so doing,realized that, although these emotions were not pleasant, they were also not dangerous. I could face even the most difficult feelings, learn from them, breathe through them, and let them go.
  • I started telling a new story (both inside my own head and to other people) about my body and all other aspects of my life.
  • I started doing things that I had long avoided doing for fear of a flare.
  • I stopped using my pain as an excuse and started taking responsibility for myself.
  • I stopped kowtowing to pain by thinking of my prescription pain medications as an absolute necessity.

Each of these small choices and actions served to both remove weights from the threat side of my scale and place weights on the wellbeing side of my scale. Although it didn’t happen overnight, several months passed and finally the meter in my brain started looking like this instead…

 

I started sharing this image with my patients and they found it helpful, so I made the scale/meter concept central to my teaching method! METER is also a handy acronym which will remind you of the five steps for reclaiming your life from pain.

This is covered in much greater depth in the course, but the basic gist is this:

  • From moment to moment weights are being placed on and removed from the THREAT and WELLBEING pans on your scale.
  • Your brain determines, based on factors like beliefs, emotions, and memories, how big the weights are and whether they belong on the THREAT or WELLBEING side of your scale.
  • If the balance tips in the direction of THREAT, your brain will create pain. If the balance tips in the direction of WELLBEING, pain will be rendered unnecessary.
  • The Meter Method is all about helping you to identify, understand, and control where weights are being placed on your scale. Some weights are obvious and easy to understand, but others are sneaky and hide in difficult to find places. Some of the biggest THREAT weights are the limiting beliefs downloaded to your brain during early childhood or hidden wounds picked up on your life journey. The Meter Method will help you to track down these hidden THREAT weights and will also help you cultivate the WELLBEING weights that will have the greatest positive impact for you.
  • By the end of The Meter Method you will know yourself very well and will be able to load up the WELLBEING weights and offload THREAT weights like a pro!

FAQ ABOUT PAIN

I'm having a hard time buying into this whole mind-body thing. My pain is severe and it is REAL.

Yep, I understand that your pain is severe and I agree that it is 100% real. But here's the thing: ALL pain (and all sensation, for that matter) is created by the brain. All pain, including yours, is an output FROM the brain, not an input TO the brain.

At any given moment, there are literally millions of bits of raw data streaming into your brain from your body. Your brain takes that data and makes sense of it in light of information that comes from your environment, thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and a vast storehouse of memories. Only then does your brain make a determination about whether or not pain is an appropriate response. In acute pain, when there is clear damage to the body, danger signals coming from tissues typically (but not always) provoke the brain to produce pain until the damage heals.

When pain has persisted for more than a few months, however, things become much more complicated. Factors other than the condition of tissue start weighing more heavily as the neural networks involved in the pain experience shift and expand to areas in in the brain involved in emotional processing, memory, and beliefs. Persistent pain literally rewires the brain -- just like tasks that once required deliberate, focused effort (like reading, writing with a pen or pencil, driving a car, riding a bike, or typing on a keyboard) become effortless and automatic if they are repeated enough, the brain also learns pain.

So you're saying my pain is all in my mind?!

What I am saying is that ALL pain (and all sensation, for that matter) takes place in the brain. If you are experiencing pain, it is because your brain is receiving raw data from your body, weighing it in light of a vast amount of other information (regarding your emotional state, your beliefs, your expectations, your memories, etc.) and determining that pain is a necessary or appropriate response. Pain is an output FROM the brain as opposed to an input TO the brain.

What is neural pathway pain?

There are two causes of chronic pain:

  • Structural pain due to ongoing tissue injury, tumor, fracture, or nerve damage. When imaging reveals a fracture, a tumor, an inflammatory condition, or severely herniated discs with evidence of nerve damage, a structural disorder is likely to be the cause of pain. These conditions are the cause of persistent pain in only a small minority of patients.
  • Neural pathway pain (also called brain-induced pain or centralized pain). Studies show that approximately 85% of patients with chronic neck or back pain do not have a clearly identifiable, structural cause for their pain. Of the millions of individuals experiencing tension and migraine headaches, only about 5% have an identifiable structural cause. Other studies show that very few people with irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and many chronic pelvic pain syndromes have tissue damage to account for their pain. These data suggest that the majority of patients presenting with chronic pain do not have a structural cause. In these cases, pain is caused by the activation of neural circuits that create real pain in the absence of tissue damage.
What is TMS?

TMS is an acronym coined by Dr. John Sarno and originally stood for Tension Myositis Syndrome. This acronym was later revised to Tension Myoneural Syndrome or The Mindbody Syndrome when Dr. Sarno realized that there was no “itis” (inflammation) involved in the condition and tissues other than muscles (myo) were involved.

Pain is a hiding place for nervous tension

This phenomenon is described in great detail in Dr. Sarno’s books, but the gist of it is this: pain is a ploy on the part of the psyche to keep a person distracted from unconscious emotions that are so shameful or overwhelming or socially unacceptable that they would threaten a person’s whole sense of self and ability to function in the world if they were to bubble into consciousness. According to Dr. Sarno, when unconscious emotions threaten to emerge into consciousness, the autonomic nervous system causes blood vessels to constrict (a phenomenon that can happen as quickly as a person blushes when they are embarrassed). This constriction deprives muscles and nerves of oxygen and causes pain, pain serves as a very effective distraction, and difficult emotions remain safely locked away in the unconscious mind.

So you're saying I'm a head case?!

No, I am saying that you are human. There is a primitive, childish part of the brain (which Freud called the id) that exists in each of us, without exception. TMS is an effort on the part of the conscious mind to keep the primitive brain in check.

At one point in time, everyone suffers from TMS. It is part of being human. It is just that certain personality characteristics (more on this below) make some people more likely to suffer from TMS.

I've never heard of this before -- is this a new idea?

Although Dr. Sarno's theory is very insightful, it is actually not new. An ancient Chinese medical text (written around 200 BCE) says “bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong” which translates roughly to “if there is no free [blood] flow, there is pain; if there is free [blood] flow there is no pain”. There has long been an awareness among the sages of Chinese medicine that "unresolved" emotions are a primary cause of this lack of free flow. According to Chinese medicine, chronic pain is often caused not by a physical problem but by “crystalized emotion”, which results from familial issues that have been swept under the rug, early childhood abuse forgotten by the conscious mind but remembered by the body, and/or refusal to face one’s own shadow side and trying to be “all goodness and light” while denying deeper layers of emotion. In these cases, the treatment is to “dare to shine the light of awareness into the dark death sleep of a denied truth” (Lorie Eve Dechar, in her book Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing).

Are you saying that pain always has a psychological cause?

Definitely not.

Please understand, I am not saying that pain should not be taken seriously and should not be thoroughly investigated when it occurs. Women in particular already have a hard time getting taken seriously when they seek medical care for pain, which can have life-altering or even life-threatening consequences.

Before proceeding with the recommendations on this site, you must get a thorough medical exam. If your neck or back pain is new; if it is getting worse, not better; and/or you have any of the red flags listed below, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go to your doctor.

Neck and back pain red flags (these signs do not necessarily mean something horrible is wrong, but it’s important to make sure):

  • Weight loss without dieting.
  • Unexplained fevers or chills.
  • Light tapping on the spine is painful.
  • Incontinence and/or true numbness around the groin and buttocks in a “saddle” pattern.
  • Any accident with forces that may have been sufficient to fracture your spine.
  • A fierce headache, and/or an inability to bend the head forward, and/or fever, and/or altered mental state.
  • Severe headache that comes on suddenly and/or “the worst headache you’ve ever had”.
  • Pain that grows steadily worse and is mostly unaffected by position and activity, is worse with weight bearing and at night, and comes with other signs of being unwell.
  • Poor hand coordination; weakness, “heavy” feelings, and atrophy; diffuse numbness; shooting pains in the limbs (especially when bending the head forward); an awkward gait.
  • Symptoms that spread equally into both legs, especially numbness and/or tingling and/or weakness, and especially if it is aggravated by lifting. The same symptoms limited to one side are also a concern, but less so.
  • Difficulty urinating, incontinence, numbness around the groin, foot drop (a toe that drags), and significant weakness in the legs are all potentially serious signs of a neurological problem.
  • Back pain that throbs in sync with pulse.
  • Unexplained episodes of dizziness and/or nausea and vomiting may indicate a problem with stability of the upper cervical spine.
  • Steroid use, other drug abuse, and HIV are all risk factors for a serious cause of neck pain.
  • If you are feeling quite unwell in any other way, that could be an indication that neck pain isn’t the only thing going on.
  • The main signs that neck pain might caused by autoimmune disease specifically include: a family history of autoimmune disease, gradual but progressive increase in symptoms before the age of 40, marked morning stiffness, pain in other joints as well as the low back, rashes, difficult digestion, irritated eyes, and discharge from the urethra.

It is also important to understand that acute injuries cause pain. It is when pain does not resolve within a reasonable period of time that it starts to become appropriate to seek a psychological as opposed to physical explanation. A good example is the pain that I experienced after a major car accident. There were three people in the car that day and we all had significant pain afterward. The other two people experienced resolution of their pain within a few weeks (normal). I, on the other hand, got worse in the months following the accident and went on to develop chronic pain that lasted nearly a decade (not normal).

Surely I need a MRI!

According to guidelines published in February of 2017 by American Academy of Physicians and the American Pain Society, only a small percentage of patients require MRI or CT evaluation of neck or back pain.

This excellent article explains why are you actually probably better off avoiding imaging procedures if you have neck or back pain.

Also see Scans for Back Pain are Ineffective.

Lastly, as it turns out, a large percentage of people with NO PAIN have abnormal MRIs, meaning that there's not a clear relationship between what shows up on a scan and whether or not you have pain.

But my doctor says that my pain is from herniated discs/degenerative changes/spinal stenosis/spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis?

A large body of scientific evidence shows that the vast majority of adults, even people who are completely free of pain, have abnormal MRIs, suggesting that these “abnormalities” do not necessarily cause pain. Because this is such an important topic, I have devoted an entire blog post to it.

Here is a brief video of Dr. Sarno addressing this question.

But my pain is so bad -- surely I need surgery!

Spinal Surgery

If you are considering spinal surgery, particularly fusion surgery, it is very important for you to be aware that the scientific evidence that surgery will fix your problem is tenuous at best. In a recent study, back pain patients were followed for 11 years after either fusion surgery, exercise therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy. The study authors found no difference among the three groups, meaning that patients who subjected themselves to the risky surgery and lengthy recovery process were no better off than patients who exercised or underwent psychological counseling.

If you are seriously considering spinal surgery, I would strongly recommend that you read Back In Control: a Surgeon's Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain (which is written by a spinal surgeon who suffered from TMS himself) and Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery first.

See also:

Surgery for Other Painful Conditions

Check out this recent meta analysis of 25 scientific studies of 2,000 patients with conditions including lower back pain, arthritis, angina, abdominal pain, and endometriosis which found that "surgery is a prime example of over utilization of healthcare services" and that it's benefits clearly do not outweigh its risks.

But I have fibromyalgia/central sensitization syndrome and my doctor says I'm incurable!

Yep, so did I.

According to fibromyalgia expert Dr. Nancy Selfridge, fibromyalgia/central sensitization syndrome is "the quintessential mind body disorder" and is very responsive to the approach taken in The Meter Method. Dr. Sarno says that fibromyalgia is "TMS plus".

Each time I get over one problem, another one pops up to take its place!

This is what Dr. Sarno referred to as the Symptom Imperative and is a pathognomonic sign that you have TMS.

I see this very commonly among the patients in my practice who refuse to consider the emotional underpinnings of their suffering and insist instead on a treatment approach that is strictly focused on physical or structural causes (an approach that I am becoming less and less willing to participate in, given its dismal chances of long-term success). If the consequences were not so devastating it would almost be humorous -- we fix a person's migraines and then they develop frozen shoulder. We fix the frozen shoulder and then their IBS flares up. We get the IBS to settle down and then they develop debilitating low back pain. It is a cycle that can go on indefinitely. This happens because the root cause of the problem is going unaddressed.

But I'm not an angry person, in fact I'm really quite nice!

There is a primitive, childish part of the brain (which Freud called the id) that exists in each of us, without exception. The sole goal of this part of the psyche is immediate gratification of every impulse. The id does not take kindly loss, hardship, sacrifice, or any internal or external pressure to delay gratification, behave responsibly, take care of other people, and/or resist sexual, violent, and selfish impulses. In fact, it reacts to all of these things with seething, volcanic rage.

The conscious brain, also called the ego, makes the determination that the feelings and impulses of the unconscious mind are unacceptable and that it must to do whatever is necessary to keep these feelings from exploding into the consciousness. The threat posed by these emotions seems mortal to the psyche, which is why it stimulates the production of physical symptoms to keep the attention of the conscious mind on the body.

People who are perfectionists, do-gooders, and/or have a strong need to be liked have a particularly urgent need to confine the feelings of the id to the unconscious mind. You need to understand that the more you think of yourself as a nice person, the more internal tension is necessary to confine the workings of your id to your unconscious mind and hence the higher the risk that you will develop TMS.

How do I know if I have neural pathway pain/TMS?

After you have had a thorough medical exam to exclude the possibility of a serious condition that requires immediate treatment, take this quiz, which will help you to determine whether you have neural pathway pain (aka TMS) and whether The Meter Method is likely to be helpful to you.

The Thank You Dr. Sarno website and the TMS Wiki Success Story Forum are also an excellent resources. There you will find hundreds of stories from people who had neural pathway pain/TMS and became pain-free using a process similar to The Meter Method. If you type the diagnosis you have been giving into the search fields on those sites, you are likely to find many stories from people with a similar situation who were able to overcome their pain.

 

How do I know if I have a highly sensitive personality (HSP)?

According to Dr. Sarno, perfectionism and "goodism" are the two most common personality characteristics among individuals with TMS. Dr. Sarno later acknowledged that individuals with Highly Sensitive Personalities are also apt to develop TMS and are at particularly high risk for developing fibromyalgia, a concept that was further developed by fibromyalgia expert Dr. Nancy Selfridge.

The highly sensitive temperament has four defining characteristics, according to Elaine Aron, Ph.D. Those with highly sensitive personalities are:

  • Deep thinkers
  • Easily overstimulated/overwhelmed
  • Empathic
  • Sensitive to subtleties

Dr. Elaine Aron developed a brief questionnaire to help people to determine whether or not they have a highly sensitive personality (HSP).

Experts believe that the HSP trait exists in over 100 species of animals and that approximately 20% of humans (regardless of culture or race) are HSP. These individuals process everything more thoroughly than others do before acting and brain research indicates that they respond more strongly to their experiences and perceive more subtleties. They have stronger emotional reactions are more sensitive to caffeine, pain, beautiful music, and others' moods.

It is important to recognize that the HSP trait is not pathological. It is normal variation, sort of like blond hair or fair skin. If you are a HSP it does not mean that you are broken or fragile, it just means that you need to take steps that others don't have to take in order protect yourself from becoming overwhelmed or from developing TMS, just like a blond-haired, fair-skinned person has to wear sunscreen in order to avoid getting sunburned.

Why haven't I ever heard this before?

The reality is that the clinical practice of medicine has always lagged significantly behind leading-edge science. This is definitely true when it comes to the field of pain management, where most health care providers -- well-intentioned as they may be -- are locked in a struggle to identify a structural cause for pain and to manage symptoms with a set of tools that have recently become very limited (as the risks associated with opioid medications have become more clear and so these medications have become very tightly regulated). This approach leaves millions of patients with chronic pain in a pretty hopeless situation. 

Fortunately, however, pain scientists have recently discovered that there is cause for hope. According to pain expert Dr. Howard Schubiner, the vast majority of persistent pain is brain-induced (as opposed to caused by structural problems) and that brain-induced pain is reversible because of the brain's ability to adapt and change. Mainstream media coverage of this information has become more common and there is even a popular app now available based on these insights. 

The other thing to take into consideration is that pain management is big business and there are a lot of powerful interests that stand to lose a great deal of money if patients are empowered with the knowledge needed to resolve their own pain without medications, surgery, or other procedures like injections or chiropractic care.

“It is extremely difficult to alter the potentially disabling belief among the lay public that low back pain has a structural mechanical cause. An important reason for this is that this belief continues to be regularly reinforced by the conditions of care of a range of ‘hands-on’ providers, for whom idiosyncratic variations of that view are fundamental to their professional existence.” - Max Zusman

Cathryn Jacokson Ramin has written an excellent book on this topic called Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery, which I highly recommend.

FAQ ABOUT THE COURSE

Who are you to talk to me about my pain?

Well, I’ve got two master’s degrees (one in Human Physiology, the other in Traditional Chinese Medicine). I’ve been in private practice as a licensed acupuncturist for over 16 years and have helped thousands of patients find relief from a wide variety of chronic and stubborn medical problems. I’ve dedicated my entire adult life to studying health from every possible point of view — all the way from the laboratories at Monsanto headquarters to the energy vortices in Sedona, Arizona  — nothing has been off-limits in my quest to understand the human body in health and disease.

But, at least in this context, my most important qualification is the fact that I’ve struggled with (and overcome) chronic pain using exactly the strategies and techniques described on this site. In order for you to get better, you are going to need to be willing to believe me when I confront you with some truths that may seem pretty challenging. When you’re tempted to write me off as full of crap, please remember that I’ve walked down (and am still walking down) the road I am suggesting that you tread. I’ve wrestled with all of this myself. I know how you feel.

What conditions does The Meter Method help with?

The Meter Method has been extremely successful in resolving the following conditions (among others):

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Bulging discs
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Dizziness
  • Facial pain
  • Fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heartburn/acid reflux
  • Herniated disc
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial cystitis/spastic bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Migraine headaches
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Numbness, tingling sensations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Palpitations
  • Pelvic pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Repetitive stress injury
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylitis or spondylosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tension headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Whiplash
  • Many more!
Is the Meter Method for everyone?

Nope. It definitely isn't.

  1. If you haven't already had a medical exam to thoroughly investigate the cause of your pain, you absolutely must do that first. Read more about this important first step here.
  2. Take this quiz to find out if your history, the nature of your condition, and your personality suggests that you are likely to benefit from the Meter Method.

Even after you've done those two things, I've got to be honest: in my experience only about half of people are ready to hear what I have to teach and even fewer are willing to put forth the persistent effort that is required to get results.

The Meter Method is NOT for you if:

  • You are looking for instantaneous results.
  • You want someone else to fix you.
  • You are convinced that you cannot be cured.
  • You are stuck in a victim mentality.
  • You are hoping for someone to wave a magic wand and make it possible for you to keep doing things the way you've been doing them and get different results.
How do I know if The Meter Method is for me?

The Meter Method might be for you if:

  • You are so sick of being sick and tired of being tired that you are willing to do just about anything to get better.
  • You understand that real transformation takes time.
  • You embrace the fact that nothing worthwhile comes without persistence and you're willing to put in some real effort.
  • You are willing to consider the possibility that the cause (and cure) of your pain lies in unexpected places.
  • You are open to the possibility that a lot of what passes for conventional wisdom (both traditional and alternative) is actually making you worse and are therefore willing to try something completely new.
  • You are ok with a "tough love" approach (remember, I won't ask anything of you that I don't ask of myself each and every day).

This course isn't designed for dabblers -- it's intended for people who are serious about prioritizing the effort that is required to rewire their brains (literally) and reclaim their lives from pain. In order to get results, you are going to need to consistently devote at five to seven hours a week to the material over the course of eight weeks. Past student have commented that The Meter Method videos and worksheets are fascinating and engaging and make complicated concepts easy to understand, but the kind of transformation we are aiming for in this course cannot be conveyed in 90-second sound-bites.

 

How long will it take for me to feel better?

This question is sort of like "how long is a piece of string?" -- the answer is based on factors that vary a great deal from one situation to the next.

In my experience, some students experience a dramatic improvement -- sometimes to the point of complete resolution of their symptoms -- within a matter of weeks, while others improve very, very gradually over the course of six months or more. Some people have to patiently persist, despite a discouraging lack of clear initial results, for a couple of months, only to experience dramatic improvement practically overnight.

Two things I can say with confidence, however:

  • The Meter Method will cause you to feel much more hopeful and much less fearful, usually within the first 2-3 weeks. This change in and of itself will have a dramatic positive impact on your quality of life, simply because much of the suffering that goes along with persistent pain is related to the very bleak outlook most chronic pain patients have been given by their doctors or have adopted themselves.
  • The personality characteristics that caused you to develop persistent pain are part of the way you are wired (and are probably exactly the characteristics that make you the accomplished, loving person that you are). Although The Meter Method will teach you how to thrive within the context of your inborn temperament, you may find that you have to grapple with pain a few times over the course of your lifetime. I wrote about this lesson when my pain came roaring back when I was grieving the death of my dog, a few years after I had naively claimed "final victory" over fibromyalgia. The really good news, however, is that once you master your Meter Method tools, you will always have them at your disposal, so any future episodes of pain can be resolved very quickly.

Some factors that may impact the speed with which you improve include:

  • How long you have been in pain? Just like walking the same route across a field every day eventually wears a path in the grass, the neural networks involved in the pain experience become more and more firmly established the longer they are active. I have seen people who have been in pain for 30 years experience complete relief, it's just that sometimes a little extra patience is required.
  • Are you taking pain medication? As described in my story, pain medications tend to obscure the mind body dynamics that cause chronic pain. You should never decrease your medication dose or stop taking medications without the consent and advice of your prescribing physician, but I can tell you with confidence that you are unlikely to experience the results you are hoping for if you are not at least in the process of weaning off prescription pain medications.
  • Are you depressed? A great deal of scientific evidence suggests that depression tends to magnify pain. People with a minor case of the blues often find that The Meter Method helps them feel more like themselves without further intervention. On the other hand, if you are suffering severe or clinical depression (or think you might be) then seeking treatment from a mental health professional will make your efforts with The Meter Method more likely to bear fruit.
  • Are you in some way benefitting from remaining in pain? This is a sensitive topic, but the honest truth is that sometimes factors like being in the midst of a malpractice or personal injury lawsuit, having pain that is the result of a worker's compensation injury, or collecting disability creates an unconscious motivation to remain in enough pain to assure a favorable outcome to your case or make is possible for you to maintain the status quo in your circumstances and relationships. This is not to say that you are malingering or making anything up, but I encourage people in these situations to be on the  lookout for evidence that your subconscious mind (which loves it when you play the victim role) is at odds with your rational and conscious desire to be free of pain.
But I've already tried so many other things and none of them helped.

Yep, me too. I had tried pretty much EVERYTHING. Here is just a partial list:

  • Exercise, including physical therapy, yoga, walking, Pilates, and weight-lifting. I also tried extended periods of time with no exercise at all.
  • Going to a functional medicine clinic out of state where I spent $5000 on lab tests and over $600 per month on supplements and compounded medications.
  • Dozens of therapeutic pillows, mattress toppers, hot packs, cold packs, linaments, orthopedic shoes, support garments, and massagers.
  • Medications, including Vicodin, Flexeril, Lyrica, and Ambien (I took these medications for many years, as described in my story). I also tried Cymbalta, Neurontin, and Savella for shorter periods of time.
  • A total hysterectomy (I suffered from severe endometriosis, which my physicians thought might be causing inflammation and triggering fibromyalgia pain).
  • Conventional psychotherapy.
  • Affirmations, positive thinking, prayer, and faith healing.

None of these things worked. Medications enabled me to put one foot in front of the other, but I never came anywhere close to anything I would describe as real relief. Gradually my pain was getting worse and slowly I was becoming more and more despondent as I looked toward the future. It wasn't until desperation forced me to become open-minded and to consider the possibility that my pain had a psychological as opposed to physical cause that I finally started getting traction. You can read more about my experience here.

But I'm already seeing an acupuncturist/chiropractor/physical therapist/physician -- can I do this course at the same time?

The Meter Method is designed to stand alone or to work as a complement to other therapies. The experience of many of my students suggests that the insights they gain and tools they master by taking The Meter Method "power up" other therapies, making them more effective.

But I've already tried the program in Dr. Sarno's book and it didn't work for me.

With all due respect to Dr. Sarno (and, as a courageous pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, he is entitled to A LOT of respect), a big part of the reason that I developed The Meter Method is that I found that the program described in Dr. Sarno's books was not effective for a significant percentage of my patients. Either Dr. Sarno's explanation for the mind body pain phenomenon wasn't convincing for them (i.e. persistent skepticism was a roadblock to their progress) and/or the healing program in his books was not sufficiently detailed and comprehensive to carry them through the intensive work needed to find lasting relief from pain.

How is The Meter Method different from the Curable app?

The Curable app is a fantastic resource that I highly recommend. It's a great alternative to The Meter Method for relatively mild pain, when financial constraints are a major consideration, and/or for people who are interested in exploring the mind body aspects of their pain with a minimal investment of time and effort.

The Meter Method is different from the Curable app in the following ways:

  • If you've made it this far into my website, you have probably perceived that I find mind body medicine fascinating and I love to share what I have learned through my years of study. If you are a "let's just get to the point!!!" kind of a person, you might find me tiresome. The Curable app, with its quick and portable format, would probably be a better option for you. If, on the other hand, you are the type of person who loves to learn and is always asking "but why?", then you will find The Meter Method to be a perfect fit for your needs. 
  • Having worked one-on-one with thousands of patients with chronic pain and other stubborn health concerns, I have learned that one size most definitely does not fit all when it comes to mind body medicine. An approach that is curative for one person can actually throw fuel on the fire for another. The Meter Method is the only program available that uses insight from the Enneagram to create a personally tailored program that will help, not hurt, YOU. This ensures that the entire Meter Method program is laser-focused for your specific needs and has the added benefit of giving you deep insight into your strengths, weaknesses, and motivations (which will benefit you in every aspect of your life).
  • One of the cruel ironies of chronic pain is that it tends to render sufferers incapable of the persistence and clear-headedness that are needed in order to recover. Chinese medicine offers invaluable insight about how you can regain the ability to think clearly, manage time, commit to a course of action and persist long enough to see results, experience pleasure, and overcome resistance. The Meter Method is the only program that includes this critical information. 
  • For a number of years I recommended Dr. Sarno's books to my patients. The feedback I heard from many of them, however, was that Dr. Sarno's work put them in touch with their repressed rage, but left them feeling stuck and unable to move forward because they found suddenly aware that they were bitterly angry about everything and at everyone. This made me realize that it is very important to equip people with a tool that can be used effectively and efficiently to process the feelings that arise before you send them on a journey of recovery from mind body pain. Fortunately, tapping (also called EFT) fits the bill and is woven through the entire Meter Method program.  
  • I believe that too much time time in front of screens is a major contributing factor to explosion of chronic pain we are seeing these days. For this reason, I've made a point to make The Meter Method a program that will encourage you to set down your phone and get down to work with old-fashioned pen-and-paper exploration of the personality and emotional dynamics that are contributing to your pain. This makes The Meter Method well-suited for people who aren't tech-savvy, for highly sensitive persons, and/or for those who share my desire to "escape The Matrix" by limiting screen time.
  • I have come to think of chronic pain as being similar to a complicated tangle in a string. If you tug on only one section of a big tangle in an attempt to get it undone, you risk pulling another section of the tangle tighter and ultimately making the knot more stubborn. Chronic pain impacts on every aspect of your life -- it is a tangle that affects you physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and relationally. In order for a treatment to result in lasting relief it needs to address all of these aspects in a systematic and comprehensive way. The five-step Meter Method process will guide you step-by-step to unwinding the knots that chronic pain has tied in every aspect of your life so that you can return to living empowered by new insight about yourself.
But I don't have enough time.

Really? According to a recent study, the average person spends nearly two hours per day on social media. In my experience, people with persistent pain and/or other chronic health problems tend to spend even more time than average online as they turn to the internet in a desperate search for information, answers, and support or use social media as an escape from the discouragement and depression that goes hand-in-hand with chronic pain.

Give this question some honest consideration: How much time do Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms take out of your schedule each day? How about Netflix? TV and/or internet news? If you are like the majority of people, simply by taking a break from these forms of technology (or at least putting clear constraints on them) will free up more than enough to allow for an hour a day to devote to The Meter Method.

Then consider -- how much time do you spend on keeping a symptom diary? Researching your condition? Participating in online or in-person support groups related to your condition? Going to doctors' appointments? Managing your medications? Performing chores and other daily tasks slowly or inefficiently because of your pain? Imagine how much time would become available to you for life-giving and enjoyable activities if you were no longer held hostage by pain.

I would argue that you don't have time NOT to take The Meter Method.

 

But I don't have enough money.

$597.00 is a lot of money. I get that. But consider this -- for most people staying stuck in chronic pain costs a lot more.

  • Have your symptoms caused you to abandon educational or career aspirations? How would your financial future change if you could reclaim those dreams?
  • How often do your symptoms cause you to order carry out or go to a restaurant rather than eating less expensive and healthier home-cooked meals? How much does this add to your budget each month?
  • How much money would you save each month if you recovered your ability to mow your own lawn, pull your own weeds, or clean your own house?
  • How much money do you spend each year on visits to the doctor's office and prescription or over the counter medications? Health care is only getting more expensive and reducing your reliance on the medical system is a meaningful investment in your financial future.

Many people find that when they take these factors into consideration (especially projected out over months and years) that The Meter Method starts looking like the bargain that it is.

What will I learn in each module?

WEEK ONE: Understanding the Neurophysiology of Pain

  • In this module you will learn how your brain and body cooperate to create pain and why sometimes things go awry and pain persists even after the body has healed.
  • By the end of Week One, you will have a better grasp on an up-to-date understanding of the basic physiology of pain than some physicians have!
  • You will also learn ancient insights from Chinese medicine and will come away with actionable you can take overcome internal resistance, align your actions with your ideals, and recover your capacity for sustained attention, clear thought, and purposeful activity (all of which will be crucial as you move forward with the course).

WEEK TWO: Understanding the Double Edged Sword of Neuroplasticity

  • In Week Two we will delve into the exciting world of neuroplasticity, which is the scientific term for the brain's newly discovered capacity to adapt and change at any age.
  • In this module you will learn how and why your brain learns pain and why recent discoveries about neuroplasticity should give you good reason for hope in even the most stubborn cases of persistent pain.
  • You will also learn several easy techniques to shift your nervous system out of fight-flight-or-freeze and into rest-digest-and-repair mode so that both your brain and body can heal.
  • Lastly, you will take the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator test, opening a door to transformative insight about yourself and why you have pain.

WEEK THREE: Embracing a Mindbody Explanation for Pain

  • Pain scientists tell us that the brain creates pain when it perceives more credible evidence of threat than credible evidence of wellbeing and that, in chronic pain, most of the evidence of threat if coming from our circumstances, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and personal narrative as opposed to from the body.
  • In Week Three we will introduce a simple Meter tool that will enable you to finally see with clarity why you have pain and why it waxes and wanes from one day to the next.
  • We will start an innovative series of worksheets that will enable you to understand how your life experiences and personality traits like perfectionism, a desire to be nice and take care of other people, responsibility, and goal-orientation have set you up to develop chronic pain.

WEEK FOUR: Digging Deep & Facing Shadows

  • We will finish the worksheet series that we started in Week Three and you will be left saying "how did I not see these patterns before?!"
  • We will look at how "thinking positive" may be the worst thing that you can do and what you should do instead.
  • We will delve deep into the Enneagram and how the perceptual filter of your personality type has you stuck in pain-promoting patterns of thought and behavior. These patterns are so entrenched and so pervasive that most people have never seen them in themselves and so getting clear about these patterns is an "escape the Matrix moment" for many students.
  • During Week Four we will also introduce two powerful tools -- expressive writing and somatic tracking -- which you will use throughout the rest of the course to begin the process of rewiring your brain.

WEEK FIVE: Developing Emotional Agility

  • In Week Five we will take a look at how the natural impulse to avoid difficult emotions such as anger, fear, and sadness creates a huge amount of internal tension, which is in turn an important contributing factor to chronic pain.
  • You will learn a process that will enable you to mine even your most unpleasant and difficult feelings for the valuable data they provide so that you can finally release them and move on.
  • We will also look at how anxiety, guilt, and shame have kept you trapped in pain-promoting patterns of behavior and thought and how to escape these traps using simple meditation and journaling techniques.
  • Finally you will learn meditation and journaling practices that will put you in touch with the open-hearted state of the authentic self, a state that is characterized by the "7 c's": calm, curious, connected, compassionate, confident, courageous, and clear.

WEEK SIX: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs & Embracing an Empowered Story

  • During Week Six we will use insight from the Enneagram and a few easy hacks to hunt down the sneaky limiting beliefs that are keeping you stuck in pain and limiting other aspects of your life.
  • We will also look at how the story you choose to tell about your pain influences your physiology and the way your body feels. You will then learn a step-by-step process for authentically pivoting to a more empowered personal narrative that will actually change your past, present, and future for the better.

WEEK SEVEN: Rejecting Old Limitations & Getting Moving Again

  • Most people who enroll in The Meter Method have a long list of the things they "can't" do because of their pain. During Week Seven we will start the very important process of whittling the size of that list down so you can get back to living a normal life.
  • We will look at how an overprotective nervous system has caused the your range of comfortable activity to get smaller and smaller and your list of limitations to get longer and longer.
  • You will come away from Week Seven with a plan that will enable you to finally escape the boom-and-bust cycle that many chronic pain patients have experienced in the past when it comes to exercise. Using this plan you will be able to use insights from modern neuroscience safely get moving again in a way that is pleasurable and fun.
  • As a special Week Seven bonus you will learn an advanced breathing technique that will leave you buzzing with energy and vitality and ready to take on the world.

WEEK EIGHT: Reclaiming Your Life From Pain

  • In Week Eight we take a tough love look at the way that chronic pain has impacted your relationships and your expectations of yourself and how these dynamics are a hidden factor that likely kept you stuck in a cycle of suffering.
  • We will also tie up the loose ends by putting together your personal toolbox of self-care techniques as well as a roadmap that will keep you growing toward your goal of overcoming pain but also a life of physical, mental, and emotional vitality and a sense of connection to your authentic self.

What is the refund policy?

Results from The Meter Method are in direct proportion to the level of commitment and follow through on the part of the student (factors that fall outside my control). For this reason I do not offer refunds.

An enormous amount of time, effort, and love went into developing The Meter Method and I am committed to focusing my energy and effort on partnering with people who are ready to show up with the courage, open-mindedness, and persistence that are required for transformative results. The Meter Method will require a high level of commitment from you -- a level of commitment that will require you to put self-care at the top of your list of priorities for the next eight weeks.

It is my heartfelt desire that you will decide that now is the time to make a commitment to yourself and take the radical steps required to reclaim your life from pain. I understand, however, that not everyone is willing or able to make required commitment, at least right now. If you don't think that you're quite ready, then now is not the time to register for The Meter Method. If you are on the fence, then I urge you to wait until you are fully committed.

If, on the other hand, you are ready to make a serious commitment to the effort that is required for transformation and assuming that you've had a medical exam to rule out a serious structural cause of your pain (a tumor, an infection, a serious inflammatory process, or the like -- basically a condition that causes a physician to tell you that you need urgent medical intervention) and assuming that your quiz results suggest that your history and personality suggest that you're a good fit for the program, then let me assure you of this: The Meter Method will almost certainly work for you.

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Khalil Gibran

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.