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Rob Kerr / The Bulletin Allison Suran of Healing Bridge Physical Therapy helps
 

Summary: Rob Kerr / The Bulletin
Allison Suran of Healing Bridge Physical Therapy helps
patients like Carol Foster find relief from chronic pain
using a series of movements and exercises known as
the Feldenkrais Method. The exercise technique is just
one of the approaches that has shown promise in
mitigating chronic pain.
A new understanding of how chronic pain differs from acute is paving the way
for alternative therapies
By Markian Hawryluk / The Bulletin
Published: September 03. 2009 4:00AM PST
When Karen Brannen moved to Central Oregon four years ago, she
was just about ready to throw in the towel. A series of car accidents
over 25 years left her with severe, debilitating pain. She had been
on disability for at least six weeks three times in the previous six
years.
"I was considering going on permanent disability and just giving
up," the 54-year-old La Pine woman said. "My strategy with pain
was always to ignore it until it got to the point that I couldn't get out
of bed. I just didn't know what else to do."

  

Source: Apkarian, A. Vania - Department of Physiology, Northwestern University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine