Managing Pain

This important (and dear-to-my-heart) topic came up in our Recover Q&A tonight and I wanted to post some links about it. I adore these pain management resources from OPG and use them myself.

The second link, the Escape Fire movie (link to youtube) has a story thread through it about the VA’s multi-faceted approach to intensive chronic pain and trauma. It’s also quite interesting about the state of healthcare in the US in general.

The third and final link is to the VA’s chronic pain page. They are really at the forefront of the most evidence-based, comprehensive, and effective pain management these days.

Let me know what you think:

Escape Fire Video on YouTube (it wouldn’t let me embed it).

VA “Chronic Pain 101” page.

VA chronic pain

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Isabel Spradlin
Isabel Spradlin
Isabel Spradlin is a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and abdominal adhesion specialist in Portland, OR. She specializes in educating people about manual treatment (massage) for abdominal pain and dysfunction, especially when it is adhesion related. Please see the "Programs" page to see her offerings.

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  1. Isabel, thank you so much for providing this information. I had a hernia operation with mesh inserted which caused a great deal of scarring and adhesions throughout my abdomen, attached to my bowel and up to the faciform ligament, After a year or more of massage and heat, castor oil packs heat etc whilst there was a small amount of improvement I was in constant pain and had damaged my shoulders from all the massaging. I went to a doctor who suggested I try low light laser, found a practitioner who had a large expensive machine and was costly but two treatments gave great results. My doctor then suggested I purchase a small machine which I could use myself. I did so and initially spent several hours per day moving the laser around my abdomen and whilst the scar tissue on the mesh area is still there, but greatly reduced, the adhesions throughout my abdomen have gone. I am no longer in pain and only need to use it once or twice a week. I thought this info may be of interest to you. regards, Michele Gurton

    • Hi Michele, thank you for sharing your experience. I’m very glad you have found relief! If you would like, you are welcome to share the name of the small machine as I’m sure others will be curious.


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