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According to new scientific evidence, the true cause of most chronic back, neck, and sciatic pain, isn’t damaged spinal discs or other structural problems, but a cycle of psychological stress, muscle tension, and avoidance of activity for fear of further “injury.” Mindfulness--awareness and acceptance of present experience--is a powerful tool for interrupting the cycles maintaining these conditions. This workshop will introduce the Back Sense program, a step-by-step, mind-body approach that integrates advances in rehabilitation medicine with psychodynamic, behavioral, and mindfulness-based techniques. You’ll learn how to use research evidence to help clients see that their pain isn’t due to structural damage or abnormalities and how to interrupt the cognitive, affective, and behavioral components of chronic pain cycles and free them from what might otherwise be continual, lifelong suffering. You’ll also learn ways to apply these techniques in the treatment of other common stress-related conditions.
Ronald Siegel, Psy.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, is the author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems and the coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.