Chronic pain is experienced when one’s body under a sustained state mental or physical threat. The stress chemistry causes elevated fuel consumption (metabolism) and inflammation. This translates into many different physical and mental symptoms. The solution lies in learning to regulate your body’s physiology from a threat response towards feelings of safety.
The sequence of the app is:
However, you cannot go from chronic pain to play without specific tools to alter your physiology. The DOC Journey will show you how to accomplish this, and with repetition, these strategies will easily become a part of your daily life. The app includes a toolbox that can be easily referenced throughout any part of the journey.
The power to heal is in your hands.
Dr. Hanscom is an orthopedic spine surgeon and the author of two books, Do You Really Need Spine Surgery? Take Control with a Surgeon’s Advice and Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain. He is also a regular contributor to Psychology Today Blog and Pain News Network as well the host of “Back in Control Radio” podcast. The DOC app is the DOC Journey in your pocket and with it, help is always at hand.