Looking Deeper into Pain: Andrew Persky, DC, Discusses Craniocervical Syndrome

by Julie Vitto

LifeAligned-AndrewPersky_0416Dr. Andrew Persky, DC, is advancing the science of upper cervical realignment and whole-body health through his work approaching pain relief holistically. Persky, whose research has been submitted for peer-reviewed publication, received a U.S. patent for his work in three-dimensional image analysis and developed the LifeAligned treatment protocol. He assures all who will listen that relief from many forms of chronic pain is possible without drugs or surgery.

In your practice, is there a typical pain patient?
No, there isn’t. Every day, I see patients that have been living with chronic pain. There are those that have suffered with headaches for decades. Other patients arrive with pain, numbness or tingling in their face, arm, leg, neck, ear or shoulder blade. There are also “non-pain” patients: the ones with neurologic issues such as dizziness, seizures or brain fog. Many have spent months or years going through the standard pipeline of doctors, specialists, imaging and treatments.

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Local Pain Specialist Bruce Nicholson, MD, Endorses CBD for Pain Management

by Gisele R. Siebold

DrBruceNicholsonDr. Bruce D. Nicholson, the director of Pain Specialists of Greater Lehigh Valley, as well as the medical director for the Division of Pain Management, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, acknowledges and understands that chronic pain is a complex problem, and treating it successfully requires a unified, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach. “The human body is an amazing system of well-orchestrated parts. Like a machine, each part contributes to the harmony of the whole. When illness or injury strikes, however, the entire system is affected and pain is often the result,” explains Nicholson. “Pain is actually the body’s way of signaling a breakdown of one of its parts. Although unpleasant, pain provides an important warning to protect the body against further injury.”

Nicholson is also a clinical associate professor at Penn State’s College of Medicine at Hershey Medical Center, and board certified in anesthesiology and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He consistently researches treatments that can confidently be recommended for patients, taking into consideration their long-term health and well-being.

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Reveal and Heal the Source of Pain with Zero Pain Now

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by Rebecca Antsis and Karen G. Meshkov

According to a 2015 study published by the National Institutes of Health, nearly 50 million Americans—one in every five people—suffer from severe or chronic pain.

The wide variety of pain management techniques varies from physical therapy and surgical procedures to the most controversial and widespread approach: the use of prescription opioids.

But the persistence of chronic pain has forced even more conservative-leaning
patients to seek relief options that fall outside the confines of the traditional medical model. One such alternative method is the Zero Pain Now program.

Zero Pain Now is founded upon the discoveries of Dr. John E. Sarno, a physician and professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University School of Medicine. During the 1970s, Sarno discovered a mind-body connection between certain forms of pain and repressed emotion.

Dan Buglio, a certified Zero Pain Now coach whose work is based on Sarno’s initial discovery, points out that we encounter proof of this relationship daily: “We cry, we blush, we get nervous stomachs; these are all very real, universally accepted physical changes to our bodies that happen as a result of emotion stimulus. So why not pain?”

Sarno called the pain it produced tension myositis syndrome (TMS). He published his findings and, in more than 45 years of practice, cured countless chronic pain sufferers, and did so at little cost to the patient.

But as is common to those ahead of their time, Sarno’s work remained in obscurity until it was resurrected three decades later by Rapid Life Change coach Adam Heller, who healed himself from a long bout with severe back pain by studying the work of Sarno and other mind-body advocates.

Through extensive research and lived experience, Heller improved upon the processes with his program Zero Pain Now, a step-by-step coaching protocol to help those afflicted with chronic pain end it completely.

Over 1,000 private coaching clients have gone through the private Zero Pain Now coaching program and 97 percent were able to eliminate their pain completely, a metric unrivaled by other pain management techniques. Further, a pilot study conducted at the Mayo Clinic at the end of 2015 was designed to measure how effective Zero Pain Now would be for longtime sufferers of chronic pain, including those with lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, groin pain, spinal stenosis and migraines. The pilot participants started the program with reported pain levels of mid- to high-intensity. The results showed that every single patient was pain free by the end of the 28-day program.

Bucks County resident Dan Buglio is thrilled to be among that 97 percent. For over a decade, Buglio suffered with debilitating back pain and sciatica. Frustrated by ineffective treatments offered by his doctors, he sought out alternatives. Zero Pain Now was the protocol that finally ended his pain, and he has remained pain free for the past six years.

Buglio has made it his life’s mission to help others end their pain through the Zero Pain Now program, which includes education on the nature of pain, a customized pain assessment, and a proven process to reverse the body’s physical response to suffering caused by the emotional world. “It is that process that ends the pain,“ says Buglio, who works one-on-one with clients in person, via video chat and email.

The first step, he asserts, is becoming proactive about your health. “Many people delegate their health to their doctors, where it does not require any thinking or ownership on the patient’s part.”

Another hurdle Buglio helps his clients over is the shift in mindset. “It’s hard to accept the reality that pain is actually caused by the body’s real physical reaction to intense emotions and stress. The pain is real, but so is the cure.”

For people interested in learning more, there is a free, online diagnostic pain test available at YourPainTest.com that quickly ascertains whether the sufferer is a candidate for the program. “The test takes only about five minutes and is free. You can access it from your smartphone. If you are in pain and you’ve been told there’s no hope, I encourage you to take it. You have nothing to lose and, potentially, so much to gain.”

For more information, call 800-580-6530 or visit DanBuglio.com

Rebecca Antsis is a Pennsylvania-based writer, performer and editorial associate for Natural Awakenings BuxMont. Connect at RebeccaAntsis@gmail.com.

Karen G. Meshkov is publisher and director of advertising partnerships for Natural Awakenings BuxMont.

June 2017

Letter from the Publisher, June 2017

PAIN has an element of blank; / It cannot recollect

When it began, or if there were / A day when it was not.

It has no future but itself, / Its infinite realms contain

Its past, enlightened to perceive / New periods of pain.

~Emily Dickenson

Karen Meshkov, Natural Awakenings BuxMontPain is a chronic condition shared by 100 million Americans; it’s the leading reason people go to doctors in the U.S., costing the nation upwards of $635 billion a year—more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

WebMD explains how vast and amorphous the condition can be, saying, “Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating…the signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years.” Sometimes the cause is known, or eventually discovered; sometimes the source remains a mystery.

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Beat Chronic Pain with Zero Pain Now

by Rebecca Antsis

DanBuglio-3In the 1970s, Dr. John Sarno, a professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University, made a discovery that struck deep into the bedrock of the mainstream medical community. This discovery was tension myoneural syndrome and is now referred to as The Mind-body Syndrome (TMS).

TMS is a mind-body disorder that reveals itself to be a set of physical symptoms (usually manifesting as some form of pain or discomfort) that originates from something psychological or emotional in nature. The premise is that overwhelming, repressed emotions and daily life stress create a very real change in the vascular system, which reduces blood and oxygen flow and results in physical pain. When the emotional source of pain is located, the pain is then vanquished.

Some years later, a TMS sufferer named Adam Heller built on Sarno’s research and developed Zero Pain Now, a program that improved upon the process of reversing this mind-body syndrome to end chronic pain quickly.

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Retrain the Brain with LENS

by Jeffrey Rutstein

What is LENS? 

Low energy neurofeedback system, or LENS, was developed by Len Ochs, Ph.D, in the early 1990’s as a drug-free and highly effective method to enhance brain functioning and flexibility. This safe and effective technique uses faint electromagnetic impulses to the scalp to retrain the brain. In the over 20 years since its introduction, this painless and noninvasive procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals decrease anxiety, increase and improve attention and concentration, reduce depression, increase overall energy and enhance creativity and the ability to be present.

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