Treating Chronic Pain: The Healing Partnership

Treating Chronic Pain: The Healing Partnership

Treating Chronic Pain: The Healing Partnership

Treating Chronic Pain: The Healing Partnership

Synopsis

"What occurs between the healer and the one who seeks healing is seldom addressed. This book takes a unique view of the processes that unfold between patient and therapist in an attempt to understand those factors that lead to the relief of pain, both physical and emotional. Treating Chronic Pain enhances the possibility of healing, particularly for those who are suffering from chronic conditions, through the concept of the partnership. Aleene M. Friedman, Ph. D., a gifted biofeedback therapist and pain treatment educator, points out that the development of a "healing through meeting" perspective between patient and therapist is the most basic element in the journey toward the alleviation of pain. The author's years of clinical experience and the solid theoretical framework of her remarkable approach, based on the seminal writings of dialogical existentialists Martin Buber and Maurice Friedman, extend the usual boundaries of chronic pain treatment and serve to enhance the possibility of a healing patient-therapist partnership. The book includes numerous case studies illustrating how such a healing partnership is incorporated into the patient treatment program. Candid comments from patients already embarked on their healing journey offer insight into the emotional sequelae of unsuccessful medical intervention, or other treatment modalities which have been unable to provide satisfactory relief. This groundbreaking book is an inspiring addition to the research and literature of pain management and biofeedback therapy. It offers an integration of chronic pain therapy with the dialogical stance of the healer who becomes a partner in the healing. Biofeedback therapists, clinical psychologists, behavioral and cognitive psychologists, social workers, nurses, and interested laypersons will find this work a remarkable testament to the merits of partnership healing." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Aleene Friedman is a gifted therapist who has brought her understanding of biofeedback and of pain and stress into what has truly been a healing partnership with more than a thousand patients over the last decade. Treating Chronic Pain is the product of this experience and of the decades of thinking and research that have made her a pioneer in the new field of "healing through meeting" and in discovering its implications for pain and stress therapy. As a result, she has gone far beyond the behaviorist theoretical model that most people take for granted as associated with biofeedback therapy. Her book represents a breakthrough because in it for the first time chronic-pain therapy and the growing movement of dialogical therapy are integrated into one.

My own expertise entitles me to speak about the second aspect of this breakthrough and not the first. Healing through Meeting is the title of a book by the Swiss psychiatrist Hans Trüb and of the introductory essay that Martin Buber wrote for that book when it was posthumously published in 1952. Although all helping relationships and certainly all therapy involve meeting between persons, we can speak properly of healing through meeting only when the relationship between the therapist and the one being helped is central and not ancillary to the healing that takes place. If the psychoanalyst is seen as an indispensable midwife in bring-

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