A Natural Solution for Post-Surgical Pain

For many people, chronic pain is a way of life.  Some of the most common types of pain include headaches, lower back pain, arthritis pain and post-surgical pain. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) chronic post-surgical pain is defined as pain of at least 3-6 months duration that develops or increases after a surgical procedure and negatively impacts a person’s quality of life. This pain causes decreased mobility, functional limitations, depression, pain-related distress, poorer general health and social isolation. 

One of the risk factors of any surgery is chronic pain.  Estimates show that around 10% of all surgeries leave the patient suffering with chronic pain.  Depending on the type of surgery, this percentage can increase or decrease.  Most people are better off after having the surgery, but post-orthopedic surgery studies show that approximately 10% of hip recipients and 20% of knee recipients suffer with chronic pain after their surgery.  Over 700,000 total knee replacements and 400,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States every year.  When you do the math, approximately 140,000 and 40,000 of those patients respectively, will be left with some form of chronic pain.

Treatment methods for chronic pain sufferers often include prescription pain relievers, physical therapy, alternative therapies and further surgical interventions, all in the hopes that something will work. Often after months or years of “trying everything”, a patient is left to suffer and try to figure out a solution on their own.  Or worse, to just live with their pain.  And that is no way to live.

Matrix Repatterning therapy has proven effective in the treatment of post-surgical pain.  Even chronic pain that lingers for months or even years after surgery.  Reintroducing normalizing electrical flow into damaged tissue is crucial in the healing process.  Chronic pain is quite a burden that many people bear. It is physically and emotionally exhausting.  The good news is, Matrix Repatterning offers hope to those suffering.  I have seen the weight of this burden lifted off of people after having received Matrix Repatterning.  It is wonderful for me to see.  I can only imagine how wonderful it feels to them!

Dr. Clare Larkin, DC, CMRP is one of only 9 Certified Matrix Repatterning Practitioners in the United States.  She maintains a practice in New Jersey, where she treats people suffering from many unresolved injuries and symptoms.  For more information, go to www.DrClareLarkin.com and www.MatrixRepatterning.com.  Dr. Larkin can be reached at 908-930-0628 and drlarkin@optonline.net.

Understanding Matrix Repatterning

There are so many people living their lives with some kind of condition that they would rather not have.  The problem is, they don’t know what to do about it.  Many people live with chronic pain. In fact, according to the CDC, an estimated 20% of Americans are living with chronic pain.  Some studies indicate that perhaps as many as 40% of Americans are living in chronic pain.  Pain and other symptoms are caused by many things including injuries, fractures, surgeries, our jobs, sports, our lifestyles – the list is endless.  Did you know that even something as seemingly routine as dental work can leave a person with nagging symptoms they didn’t have before?

I have found that when I describe Matrix Repatterning to people, more often than not, I can literally see their faces light up with hope that maybe they can get help with a certain condition they have, or they think of a loved one who needs help.  Matrix Repatterning is different than other forms of therapy in that it works on the deeper tissues of the body and it specifically targets areas that have lost their normal electrical pattern due to some form of injury.  Even intentional injuries, such as surgery, are disrupting the normal tissue matrix of the body.  When there is an injury on a deeper level, not only is the bony framework affected, but the connective fascia will become restricted. Because this fascia acts as a fabric sheath throughout the body, a restriction in one area will lead to tension patterns in many places which show up in the more superficial soft tissues like the muscles and ligaments. Imagine if you tug on a piece of fabric or clothing, you will notice that tension or strain patterns pull throughout the fabric.

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In the figure above, if there is an injury to the hip, you can see the strain patterns traversing the body in many directions.  So this person may in fact be looking for help with a painful shoulder and not getting any relief.  The shoulder in this case is not the problem.  Until the restriction in the right hip is released, they will likely continue to suffer with that “bad shoulder”.  The beauty of Matrix Repatterning is that by locating and treating restrictions in the body, the strain patterns release and the symptomatic area feels better.  And it stays that way.

A couple of added benefits of Matrix Repatterning are that it is a very gentle, hands-on technique.  It is very common for someone to feel extremely relaxed and refreshed following treatment.   This is because there is more electricity flowing through the body and the inner framework and the fascia are returning to their normal, relaxed state.  And that is our goal.  Matrix Repatterning is the best thing I have found to help people on their path to living a healthy, pain-free life.

 

Dr. Clare Larkin, DC, CMRP is one of only 9 Certified Matrix Repatterning Practitioners in the United States.  She maintains a practice in New Jersey, where she treats people suffering from many unresolved injuries and symptoms.  For more information, go to www.DrClareLarkin.com and www.MatrixRepatterning.com.  Dr. Larkin can be reached at 908-930-0628 and drlarkin@optonline.net.

 

Solution or Suffering?

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One of the body’s greatest built-in mechanisms is the ability to feel physical pain.  You may not have ever looked at it this way, but the ability to feel pain is a gift.  If we didn’t feel pain, we would never know that something was wrong.  Or that something we are doing is damaging our body.  Or that we need to get help from someone other than ourselves.  Most people look at pain as a bad thing, or a curse.  As if they were expecting to get through life unscathed.  No way.  No one gets a free pass in life.  We all feel pain at some point.  And that’s a good thing.  Unless we ignore it and it turns into suffering.

What I have noticed is that every one of us has a different tolerance for pain and suffering.  Some people have very little tolerance and seek out help after a seemingly minor injury.  I have had patients who told me, “I bumped my arm over the weekend and it hurts a little, so I just want you to check it to make sure it’s okay.”  They were not feeling too much pain, but wanted to be sure everything was functioning normally so the pain would go away.  In no way did these folks want to suffer.

Then there are many people who will take pain to its highest limits before they seek help.  A lot of people do this. They power through, thinking the pain will disappear on its own, or that they will ignore it until it is really bad. They have a high tolerance for suffering.  Take a former co-worker of mine named Ruth.  We were working together in an office many years ago.  She had terrible back pain and it was obviously very uncomfortable.  Ruth found a chiropractor close to her home and within a few visits, she was feeling much better.  So I was surprised a few weeks later to see her walking around the office very gingerly, really guarding her back.  I asked her what was going on.  Wasn’t she still going to the chiropractor?  She told me, “Well I only have six visits left on my plan, so I want to wait until my pain is really bad before I go back.  It’s ok.”  Really? You can barely walk!  I encouraged her to go back to see the chiropractor, which she did.  Once again, she was feeling better very quickly.  But, her approach didn’t surprise me.  Many people will wait and live with pain until they can no longer bear it.  I do understand that some people have problems that have not been solved yet, and they too are suffering, but not by choice.  I am talking about when someone consciously chooses to put off the solution and lives with their pain.  An old Buddhist proverb says,

“Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.”

We need to re-frame how we look at pain and see it as the perfect mechanism it was designed to be:  a signal that we need to change something or get some help for our problem area. People who approach pain like my friend Ruth, think that suffering with a problem will be okay.  But I look at it this way.  We only get one life.  And we all want to live a long life.  The quality of our days should be just as important as the quantity of our days.

Also, if you are suffering through pain, putting off the solution, you are making a potentially simple problem much worse by forcing your body through movement it cannot tolerate.  When the “Oil change” signal in our car lights up, we can only drive around ignoring it for so long before we risk damaging the engine.  Which is a much worse and more expensive fix than an oil change.  The same thing goes for your body.  We are all going to experience pain.  The quicker we take care of it, the less suffering we have to endure.

 

Dr. Clare Larkin, DC, CMRP is one of only 9 Certified Matrix Repatterning Practitioners in the United States.  She maintains a practice in New Jersey, where she treats people suffering from many unresolved injuries and symptoms.  For more information, go to www.DrClareLarkin.com and www.MatrixRepatterning.com.  Dr. Larkin can be reached at 908-930-0628 and drlarkin@optonline.net.