“Healing severe or chronic pain, I believe, includes transforming our relationship to the pain, and, ultimately, it is about transforming our relationship to who we are and to life.” – Sarah Anne Shockley

Living with chronic pain is not an optimal way to live.

Granted, there are illnesses and conditions that present themselves with pain that can only be managed and tolerated. However, much of the chronic pain that is suffered by people of all walks of life is not only treatable but can be healed completely.

For many people living with chronic or recurring pain, the reality is that – with the right treatment – they can be pain-free and once again move with ease. The key is finding the proper path to complete healing. 


A New Year, A New Way of Living – Pain-Free

Aside from the conditions we mentioned already, the vast majority of chronic pain issues originate with dysfunctional movement patterns and various soft-tissue problems. And all of these can be treated effectively and often completely resolved, resulting in unrestricted movement and the loss of pain.

And chronic pain is not uncommon, which means you are not alone.

As one source reported, in an article published in the medical journal Pain, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass Eye and Ear report that 50.2 million (20.5 percent) U.S. adults experience chronic pain based on analysis of the new NHIS data.

To bring this a bit closer to home, this means that approximately 78,000 residents of Sonoma County routinely experience chronic pain. And many of them suffer pain that can be effectively eliminated with the right approach. 

Unfortunately, far too many of these chronic pain sufferers have resigned themselves to simply “living with the pain” or relying on pain management techniques such as prescription painkillers or self-medicating with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

And the statistics on opioid use and misuse are disturbing:

  • 1.27 million Americans are now receiving medication-assisted treatment related to prescription opioid addiction.
  • In 2019, an estimated 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers.
  • Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.
  • Between 8 and 12 percent of people using an opioid for chronic pain develop an opioid use disorder.

Even Santa Rosa, California and Sonoma County have suffered the ravages of opioid addiction. 

According to the AddictionCenter.com website,

“126,000 Sonoma County residents have an opioid prescription – that’s 25% of the population. More than 900 residents have died from opioid drug overdose in the past 15 years, with the majority coming from the 45-59 years old age group.”

The Committee for Health Care Improvement found that 58 percent of Sonoma County residents with an opioid prescription are female and that the three most frequently prescribed opioids include Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Morphine.


There is a Better Way Beyond Pain Management – Pain and Performance Solutions

Traditional medical approaches often fail to look for or recognize the frequent underlying causes of much chronic pain. These can include movement dysfunction, nerve entrapment, soft tissue constriction due to adhesions, and even gait dysfunctions.

By first recognizing and then identifying the actual cause and location of chronic pain issues, several proven methods can be used to not only treat the pain but in most cases, bring total relief from pain.

Pain and Performance Solutions makes use of several soft tissue and bodywork systems such as Active Release Technique (ART®), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA™), NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT®), Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (PDTR®), and Anatomy in Motion (AiM) to identify and correct muscular dysfunction and aid muscle recovery.

By utilizing advanced techniques in muscle therapy, Pain and Performance Solutions is able to treat a variety of different muscle and joint issues. Each of these disciplines have unique elements that are very effective, especially when applied in conjunction with each other.

Our goal is to work with you to give yourself the gift of becoming pain-free.


Start on the Path to Becoming Pain-Free with Pain and Performance Solutions

The best step for not only recovering from your pain but becoming pain-free is to make an appointment with Pain and Performance Solutions and let us get to know you and your pain issues.

Once you make your first appointment, we’ll want to learn about your present discomfort as well as any history of pain.

After providing you with a full examination, we can determine which form of treatment is needed to help you on your road to recovery.

Often, when pain occurs, our bodies will try to compensate for the pain in order to allow us to get through the day with less pain. This is known as compensatory pain or movement compensation. However, because our bodies have shifted that pain around to compensate for our discomfort, this often leads to other areas of pain.

This often means that the pain you are experiencing today may have started previously with another injury you might have sustained.

Getting chronic pain relief through the application of proven therapies such as Active Release Techniques® (ART®) and  Proprioceptive – Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR®) can only begin once we understand where your pain started. 

Your trust in us and your openness is key. Getting your body to work properly and healthy is the only way to achieve total recovery. So, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help and will answer any, and all questions that you may have.

You can reach us at (707) 636-4404 or by filling out our online contact form.