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Chronic Pain!: The Overlooked Simplicity of using the fingers to explore painful tissues to find and reverse the primary cause of Chronic Pain Including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Paperback – March 22, 2013

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In this self-help book, Schatz roots out a single underlying cause for chronic pain and offers a method to treat it. A diagnosis of chronic pain presents a patient with two options: follow a doctor’s advice or seek an alternative method of treatment. Schatz points out that injury or long-lasting physical or emotional stress can leave a mark on the body, as layers of tightened or thickened tissues put pressure on blood vessels and nerves, causing pain. The only way to diagnose these tissues properly, the author asserts, is through touch—an exploration with the fingertips on the skin, aided by lotion—but it’s a method that doctors appear to be reluctant to include in their practices. Over prolonged periods, and sometimes quite swiftly, such explorations can relieve thickened tissue and return it to a soft, supple, pain-free state, he writes. Schatz divides his book into a number of useful sections, focusing on carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, migraines and fibromyalgia. Throughout, he maintains a comfortable, accessible scientific tone, but the book unfortunately lacks references; a review of anatomical dermatomes, for example, might have been welcome during the book’s discussion of referred pain. The author is trained in physical therapy, and apparently finds remarkable success with his patients, but he may not be able to change the medical establishment’s pervasive disinterest in his method. That said, this is an excellent reference that should attract a large audience among those seeking relief from unmanageable pain. A concise, easy-to-use guide showcasing a delightfully simple method of exploring, and alleviating, the underlying causes of chronic pain.

About the Author

Bernard Schatz, P.T., had studied and treated chronic pain for over half a century-since 1950, when he began work at the Institute for Medical Research, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles.

He discovered that the primary cause of chronic pain is contracted tissues that press on nerves. If contracted tissues occur in the neck and scalp, doctors call the pain "migraine." If contracted tissues occur in the hand and arm, doctors call it "carpal tunnel syndrome" and if it occurs throughout the body, "fibromyalgia." It's one condition with many names.

Bernard developed a method, the Schatz Technique(tm) Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment Method, that normalizes contracted tissues. They become healthy and free of pain.

Bernard passed away at 83 from pneumonia in July of 2015. He was still using his technique to keep his body strong during his last year of life. In the past he suffered pain in his neck, shoulders, arms, back and legs. Pain that doctors called "chronic." However, he treated himself in the way he advises others. The result: for many years he woke in the morning without pain, and went through the day without pain. (If he could do it so can readers of this book.)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482504782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482504781
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,769,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This edition is the final distillation of what Bernard Schatz has been doing for years - bringing healing and pain relief to his clients without the use of drugs or invasive procedures. It is grounded in the belief that every human has a deep well of "body knowledge" which can be tapped to gently encourage wounded, dysfunctional tissues back to their normal healthy condition.

The "Schatz Technique" presented here is a refinement of theraputic methods developed during years of work with patients with all types of chronic pain and disability. This method of exploratory massage, gentle tissue manipulation and percussive fingertip and palm actions is easy to learn, and provides patients autonomy and control over their own healing. The techniques are non-invasive and easy to learn, even by lay persons.

At 61 I suffered an open fracture, with comminution, to both bones of my left forearm. My surgeon called it the "nastiest broken arm" he had seen in several years. I lost both flexion and rotation in my left wrist and hand, and had constant discomfort. Although my surgeon tried to be upbeat, he cautioned me that the extent of my injuries would make it unlikely that I would regain complete functionality and strength - he estimated about 85%. Because I am not only left-handed, but also a watercolorist and a fiber artist, this was shattering news.

When I started PT my therapist suggested a collaborative approach. Together we developed three goals to supplement the main object of restoring flexibility and strength to my hand and arm: reduction of scarring and adhesions along my surgical incisions, restoration of nerve function to a badly stretched and inflamed radial nerve, and repair of muscle tissue that had literally been "chewed" by bone fragments.
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Bernard Schatz, a man who has dedicated his life to relieving pain, has poured his last efforts into this book. I have worked with Bernard with some clients and have received the benefits of his care personally. This is part of my care motto, "to help people help themselves", as it can be self applied. He has years of experience in using his body work and he should have a Hero medal for his efforts. This is a book to have at hand in every household (while seeking a thorough evaluation by an MD or similar practitioner - Bernard, as a physical therapist needed a prescription to do his work). In some instances, his treatment can be the one of choice for sprains or strains. His suggested manipulations and massages increase circulation and nerve conduction to an area, thereby promoting healing. I heartily promote this book.
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meh. basically just gently explore with lotion. not worth the money.
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