Cindy Perlin, LCSW
Cindy Perlin, LCSWMind/Body Approaches to Chronic Pain, Expert Guidance in Finding Alternative Pain Treatments
Your mind is one of the most powerful tools you have available for reducing and eliminating pain. I can teach you how to harness your mind to feel better. Once you’ve acquired the skills that I teach you, you will have them available for a lifetime of better health. The pain conditions I’ve successfully treated include migraine and tension headaches, back and neck pain, TMJ, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.
The mind affects pain intensity and frequency in many ways, including:
- Chronic stress, including stress from being in pain and from problems and losses related to chronic pain, changes the body physiologically in many ways that increase pain. Stress increases muscle tension, reduces blood flow, promotes inflammation and decreases immune and digestive function.
- Unresolved emotional trauma keeps the body in a chronically aroused state that leads to poorer health. This includes a greater likelihood of pain becoming chronic. The trauma can be from the event that created the pain such as auto accident or assault or from chronic childhood trauma due to physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect.
- Chronic pain changes the brain so that it becomes over-sensitized to pain signals, making it more difficult to resolve.
Through cognitive-behavioral therapy and rapid trauma resolution techniques like Emotional Freedom Technique and EMDR, I help people to reduce stress and resolve the trauma that can cause, exacerbate or maintain pain. I use biofeedback, which uses sensitive electronic instruments to measure physiology and feed that information back to the patient, to teach conscious control of the body to reduce symptoms. I use neurofeedback, also known as brain wave biofeedback, to correct dysfunctional brain activity that causes or maintains pain.
The techniques I use can also help with many other conditions that often accompany chronic pain, including:
- Chronic Fatigue
- High Blood Pressure
- Difficulty with Concentration
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Seizure Disorders
- and many others
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, board-certified biofeedback practitioner, chronic pain survivor and the author of The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free. I’m also the creator of the Alternative Pain Treatment Directory. I’ve been helping people with chronic pain and other physical and emotional challenges to improve their health and well-being for over 25 years.
With my extensive personal and professional experience and research into alternative pain treatment methods, I can also guide you in selecting the other treatments that are most likely to safely and effectively eliminate your pain. I can do phone consultations related to this if you are not located in my area, which you can request here: Schedule a Consultation
Please contact me if you’d like to know more.
“I have suffered with migraines for the past 28 years with them getting progressively worse over the last several years. Before starting biofeedback, I was having about 6 migraines a month and several tension headaches a week. After 4 months of weekly biofeedback treatments, I have been headache free for over a month. Biofeedback has helped me in other areas of my life as well. Cindy has taught me how to deal with stress and how to achieve a more constant state of relaxation all through biofeedback which I am so grateful.” –T.K.
“I am grateful for neurotherapy for many reasons. The first problem that went away right after I began the treatment was the brain fog. Then the pain that I had in my neck, behind my shoulders and low back (from a car accident in 9/05) became bearable, and it continued to improve throughout the course of the treatments. Later my Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) improved greatly, and then it went away completely. I quit taking the medication I had been taking for 10 years! I also have more energy… my memory has improved… I would highly recommend neurotherapy to anyone needing help.” –T.B.
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