The Afferent Input Masterclass
Chronic pain affects between one-third and one-half of the population of the UK, corresponding to just under 28 million adults. The causes are multifactorial and are therefore largely overlooked in favour of pain management.
We advertised locally for 7 chronic pain patients and had 30 applicants. We chose 7 because they were particularly interesting and/or challenging.
Each patient arrived and was examined by two of the students as the group tried to work out the origin of their chronic pain and decide on the optimal solution.
Each patient had very different problems. In total they had seen over 50 different doctors and specialists. Here are their problems, in their own words:
Finding Answers to Chronic Pain
In an age when it is popular to think that there is no answer to chronic pain, the members of this group were able to us Afferent Input principles to find the cause of every one of these patient’s chronic pain and suggest real solutions to facilitate recovery, none of which involved diet and exercise (if those worked, these patients wouldn’t have still been in chronic pain). Nor did they involve pain education strategies.
Afferent Input looks for muscle weakness based on the failure of the myotatic reflex. Reflex failure will either be caused by a problem or the weakness it causes will cause a problem. Every one of these patients had a specific pattern of weakness that alerted us to the explanation of their continued suffering and allowed us to reach a conclusion as to how it might be resolved in the near future.
Patient 1 was pain-free as she got off the table for the first time in 3 years, the others have been given a specific course of action and I will report on their outcomes later.
I put these practitioners in the most challenging of environments – asking them to devise solutions for “incurable” patients under the scrutiny of their peers, but they all performed magnificently. Using Afferent Input Principles they were able to arrive at explanations and solutions for problems that had eluded many other doctors and health professionals.
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