Hi, my name is Arnold Askew and for the past 15 years I have worked with the Doleys' Pain and Rehabilitation Institute in Birmingham Alabama as a Neuromuscular and Somatic (Education) Therapist. During that time I have seen 1000's of people with all types of back pain and other pain problems. In most every case I have seen them find relief and ways to improve their daily lives. Not that it's always simple or that I have a magic wand. I don't. But, I do have proven tips and techniques that will help you be more comfortable and mobile. So, let me show you what I've learned that's helped reduce my own back pain and the pain of others.
* Back Pain *Neck Pain * Whiplash *Hip & Joint Pain * Tendonitis *Chronic Pain *Shoulder Problems *Muscle Pain * Fibromyalgia *Repetitive Motion Injury *Head Aches * TMJ disfunction *Failed Back Surgery * Ruptured Discs *Carpel tunnel * Thoracic outlet * Pelvic Pain *Sports Injury *Pain from Cancer Treatment * Balance Problems *Coordination Problems * Body Awareness Issues *Posture
I can say, "There is Hope" for pain relief with confidence because:
1. I have experienced it in my own life
2. I have seen it in others (over and over)
3. The science is solid
What this means is that you can experience what I've experienced: pain relief and improved mobility. The results are reproducible. To accomplish this will probably be a little different for you then for me. We are all unique and our injuries are unique. So, we have to consider each of us on a case-by-case basis. Fortunately there are also similarities and basic facts that relate to all back pain problems. This means there are things you can learn from this website that will help you even if you cannot see me personally.
Pain Relief: The important thing to realize is that except in a few extreme cases there is always hope for you to relieve back pain and other pain problems. My job is to assure that you've explored all the appropriate options and to assist you in relearning how to listen and trust you body. This is definitely a process; a learning curve is required. But, as you learn, you improve. Each step gets you closer to the goal of finding your maximum level of comfort and function given your situation.
I look forward to assisting you in this journey toward pain relief. Primarily, I will be a guide. I will help you learn to help yourself. This has several benefits. First, it will reduce the number of sessions you need with a therapist (such as myself) and therefore save you money. Secondly, you will be able to treat yourself. This is important since you can't always have a therapist around.
1. You are in charge. Never allow anyone to push you into anything that doesn't sit right with you. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. And, always get a second opinion. (Pain relief should feel good!)
2. Find what works that is the least invasive. Many things may help on one level only to leave you with other, sometimes more serious problems.
3. Have compassion on yourself. You didn't choose to be in pain. It has cost you more than you even probably want to admit. So, don't let anyone try to shame you or make you feel bad about being in the situation you're in.
4. Never give up. Just because one thing you try doesn't help, doesn't mean that the next thing won't. Getting better often requires a variety of things in combination. Interweave all of the ideas you learn until you find the right mix. Remember, the body is designed to self-correct.
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