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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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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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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.Read more ›