Thirty-seven years ago ‘Anatomy of an Illness’ by Norman Cousins changed my life. I had been experiencing disabling back pain of unknown cause for over three years. My life had ground to a halt. Cousins wrote about being diagnosed with a progressively crippling and painful joint disease and how he healed it with laughter therapy.
It was the first time I had ever heard of the mind/body connection. He mentioned biofeedback in the book. I sought out a psychologist who offered the treatment. I got better, as a result, went back to school, finished my social work degree and eventually became a biofeedback therapist. Now I help other people with pain and chronic illness get better.
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Contributor: Cindy Perlin
Editor: Cindy Perlin wrote a book about chromic pain, called The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free and started an online Alternative Pain Treatment Directory.