INCIDENCE OF PAIN, AS COMPARED TO MAJOR CONDITIONS
|Condition||Number of Sufferers||Source|
|Chronic Pain||100 million Americans||Institute of Medicine of The National Academies (2)|
|Diabetes||25.8 million Americans
(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)
|American Diabetes Association (3)|
|Coronary Heart Disease
(heart attack and chest pain)
|16.3 million Americans
7.0 million Americans
|American Heart Association (4)|
|Cancer||11.9 million Americans||American Cancer Society (5)|
Over the past 20 years I have earned 3 different yet overlapping medical field degrees – Certified Athletic Training (A.T.C.), Master of Science in Physical Therapy (M.S.P.T.), Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ap.,). For the greater part of my professional career, I was in a relentless pursuit to develop a method to help clients with chronic pain experience immediate pain relief. Having a degree in both traditional western medicine and a degree in alternative eastern medicine has enabled me to merge philosophies and create my own technique – Reflexive Pattern Therapy™ (RPT™). RPT™ is the “Cultural Transformation” called upon by the IOM committee. Knowing that a client with chronic low back pain has some or all of the following findings; lumbar disc pathology, leg length discrepancy, core weakness and/or tight lower extremities will make absolutely no difference in making “immediate” changes to that client’s pain or disorder. Unfortunately this is exactly what is being performed in most if not all medical, physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage practices. This is the reason for such poor outcomes for chronic pain clients. We need to start to identify and evaluate clients with chronic pain in a completely different paradigm. This paradigm shift moves the medical practitioner from evaluating & treating clients from a structural, somatic, voluntary nerve system; thinking that intervention will make immediate changes to a client’s pain; to a new paradigm of non-structure, autonomic, involuntary nervous system thinking, that will create an instant connection and a solution for clients with chronic pain.
The Paradigm Shift – Reflexive Pattern Therapy™
RPT™ gives a medical practitioner the knowledge and expertise to be “THE” professional to treat clients with pain instead of prescribing potentially harmful drugs and suggesting unnecessary surgery. (RPT™ was founded and developed by Andrew Bloch). The RPT™ method has unidentified specific involuntary reflexive patterns of pain, tenderness or ticklishness on the body. Once a trained RPT™ therapist identifies these areas and subsequently treats these reflexive patterns, the client will have an “immediate” result. A foundation of RPT™ is that to treat chronic pain you must first treat the involuntary autonomic nervous system before you treat the voluntary somatic nervous system.
For example, if a child was crying and needed your help, would you immediately start stretching, poking, manipulating the child or would you calm the child so that you can work on the child? With RPT™ once you address the involuntary nervous system the body will have a sense of calmness and you can then begin to work on underlying dysfunctions. The paradigm shift occurs with RPT™ for two reasons. First the painful area is never directly treated, i.e. no manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, dry needling, stretches, or manipulation and second the relief to the pain area is immediate. After immediate pain reduction a physical therapist can provide a clear platform to work on mobility, stability, posture and any other underlying dysfunctions. RPT™ was not developed to take the place of traditional therapy conversely it was developed so traditional physical therapy techniques can truly work to treat dysfunction.