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About the Author

Mark Grant is a psychologist with 20 years experience treating sufferers of physical and emotional pain. He has conducted research regarding EMDR as a treatment for chronic pain. He has also published a treatment manual and self-help CD's. The latter have been translated into spanish.
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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Grant (May 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0646514717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0646514710
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have suffered from chronic pain for over a year. I have been to every doctor and specialist imaginable. Noone has been able to tell me what's wrong with me and why I'm not getting better. I have felt like I was going crazy. This book helped me understand that there is more to pain than just physical injury. The explanation of how pain is in the brain is very clear and easy to understand and made me think differently about my pain. I especially appreciated the information about the emotional stages of pain and how anxiety, anger and depression are normal responses to pain. The book goes into a lot of the physiological changes associated with pain and how to reverse them. One of the most useful strategies is the free-sleeping, the idea that instead of trying to sleep normally you can sleep when your body tells you to. Since I am not working I have been able to do this and I find that I am getting a lot more rest. I also found the brain-based pain-relief strategies helpful, especially the bilateral stimulation concept. The Cd that goes with the book is also amazing, it reduces my pain and makes me feel better every time I hear it.
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Mark Grant, a psychologist in Sydney, Australia, shares his understandings of how EMDR and related methods can release physical and psychological pains. His detailed presentation on the prevalence and contributors to pain is methodical, and his discussion of therapeutic approaches includes helpful, step-by-step exercises. For instance, Grant surveys research showing that people who are stressed are more likely to experience pains of all sorts, as well as various diseases.

Stress is anything that threatens your ability to satisfy your survival needs.
Five main types and effects of stress which lead to pain:
1. lack of safety and support
1. emotional disconnection
2. increased physiological arousal
3. negative thinking
4. trauma (pain memories). (p. 16)

Five basic strategies for overcoming pain:
1. safety and support
2. reconnecting with your feelings
3. learning how to control stressful feelings and pain
4. changing your thinking
5. building resilience (p. 17)

Grant reviews research on
...the complex, multi-layered nature of traumatic pain... recommend[ing] a phase-oriented approach incorporating safety, exposure and emotional regulation skills training, and reintegration (learning to think and behave more adaptively). Each phase of treatment addresses a different element of the problem, with all the phases forming a comprehensive treatment strategy. Drawing on the phase-oriented approach, and what we know about the different types and effects of stress which maintain pain, the following five-stage strategy is recommended:
1. safety and support
2. reconnecting with your feelings
3. learning how to control stressful feelings and pain
4. changing your thinking
5. building resilience.
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I was told about this book by a psychotherapist from new Zealand. She had a copy for me to browse whilst she stayed a few days in England. It was easy to read and the explanations and causes for emotional and physical pain made complete sense. Immediately, I sent off for a copy and spent a long time absorbing the books contents and then listened to the CD that complements what the book explains. The CD incorporates relaxation therapy and the technique EMDR which is bilateral stimulation for the brain by means of an interesting sound alternating in both ears. It is important, therefore to listen to the CD with headphones. As a Shiatsu Practioner I treat some clients who have sufferd abuse and they have a lot of emotional and physical pain to shift. As some therapies take a long time to provide relief and can be quite costly, I have recommended this book and CD to help them and am getting very good feedback.
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As I chronic pain sufferer, there's nothing I haven't tried. This book came recommended as a last straw by a psychiatrist. I'm reading it, it is very informative for somebody who hasn't delved into the subject matter that deep yet. Very disappointing so far about the so-called bilateral stimulation CG--together with book it cost over $60! On my first trial, the sounds triggered off a migraine within five minutes. Will continue the treatment but have my reservations.
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This is a multi-purpose book for a multi-purpose audience. It is clear, concise, and helpful. Grant presents an excellent integration of how stress, trauma and chronic pain intercept, and all of this in a reader-friendly fashion. Recent studies in neurobiology have helped us understand the role of trauma and stress as it relates to pain, and Grant has done the public a great service in presenting this information in a manner accessible to all. The five self-help strategies target the pain-maintaining effects of stress, such as emotional disconnection, in a way which makes a lot of sense. For example, overcoming emotional disconnection restores the ability to regulate physical and emotional pain. The accompanying CD teaches the reader how to utilize dual attention stimuli/bilateral stimulation (DAS/Bls) to switch-off brain activity associated with pain.

As an EMDR practitioner and trainer I found the chapter on EMDR to be unique in explaining the role of dual attention stimuli/bilateral stimulation in alleviating pain. Having put Grant's other book (Pain Control with EMDR) for EMDR practitioners to work many years ago with my patients, I am pleased to see a book that I can recommend to my patients and the general audience about how this scientific approach can be employed in the alleviation of pain.

I hope to see this book in Spanish and Portuguese SOON!

Esly Carvalho, MSc, LPC
Senior EMDR Trainer, Brasilia, Brazil
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