Pain is Just a Symptom﹘ How to Identify the Source

Many of my patients come to me because they are in pain and have been for a long time. Their pain affects their everyday life, and compensating for it can cause pain in other places as well. I’m going to discuss the role that pain plays in the body and my method for finding the root cause.


The Purpose of Pain. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as good pain. Pain warns the body of an injury. If you close your finger in the door, your brain receives a signal to get it out of there! If your appendix is about to rupture, your body will certainly let you know. If we were unable to feel this type of pain (and there are people out there who can’t), we would be at risk for injuring ourselves without knowing it, which would lead to serious problems.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is not good pain. According to the National Pain Foundation, over 70 million Americans are partially or completely disabled by chronic, debilitating pain. Without understanding the source of their pain, many of those affected simply ignore chronic pain or dismiss it in hopes that it will subside.


Finding the Source. No one should have to go through life with constant, nagging pain. Pain is not a condition by itself but a symptom of a bigger problem. When I begin seeing a patient, my goal is to trace the pain back to its true source.


I do this by using Autonomic Motor Nerve Reflex Testing (AMNRT). This is a systematic, neurological approach to patient care that collects information from the body’s many reflexes (like the knee-jerk reflex) to examine the health of the peripheral nervous system.


With these unique techniques, I’ve developed a treatment program that provides long-lasting relief for pain. AMNRT is based on the fact that every part of the body is connected. Through a series of reflex tests, I can help patients follow their chief complaint all the way back to the source or initial injury.


The source of pain isn’t often the area that’s actually in pain.  For example, jaw pain on the right side of the face is always associated with left sacroiliitis, and left sacroiliitis is always associated with weakness in the opposite elbow—another reflex. It’s truly fascinating how body parts affect each other.


Permanent Pain Relief. I never jump to surgery as a first option for relieving patients’ pain, though they often come to me asking for it. I don’t prescribe my patients narcotic pain pills for relief either (unless it is absolutely necessary). The way that I help my patients get out of pain is by giving them the tools to stretch and strengthen their bodies in a way that addresses the source of their pain.


This gives the power back to patients﹘ they can take care of themselves and see real results, which is much more encouraging than the expensive hospital bills and long recovery period associated with surgery. Now, don’t get me wrong, if it’s clear that surgery is absolutely the best option to relieve a patient’s pain, I will recommend it. Otherwise, conservative treatment for pain relief is the best option.


Are you suffering with chronic pain? Call to set up an appointment to see me, and we’ll find the source of your pain and work together to get rid of it once and for all