The Science of Pain Reversal: Meet Dr. Les Aria
Updated: Nov 1, 2021
What if your pain could be resolved? That's a skeptical statement for anyone who's been suffering with pain.
"Most of my patients try everything before coming to me" says Dr. Les Aria. On average, it takes about 4-5 years of physical therapy, shots, medications, and acupuncture.
This is surprising, however, because about 40 percent of his patients get significant relief. Among them are 53-year old Jaqueline Turos and 65-year-old Ricky Combs.
Combs, who used to own a landscaping business, suffers pain from fibromyalgia, arthritis, disc pain, and neuropathy. He said he’s received so much pain relief from the mindful meditation that he’s working on a book about his experience.
“I tell people that this program saved my life. I wish that everybody who has chronic pain could take it,” he said.
Turos, a business analyst who suffered debilitating chronic neck pain for years, said she’s now almost pain free. She credits the skills and knowledge she gained in the workshop.
“The class is not a pill,” Turos said. “It takes a certain amount of committed discipline. But I am so grateful to have had the chance to learn to help myself. I don’t know what else to say, except thank you.”
The success is in the science.
The first thing Dr. Aria does with a patient is teach them about Modern Pain Science. “When you have pain for more than 6 months, it puts you on high alert,” explained Dr. Aria. “Your pain is no longer an issue with your back or your knee — it becomes a nervous system problem.”
Research shows that about 80% of pain conditions, whether affecting your knee, back, or migraines, is due to a hypersensitive nervous system. After working with his team of physicians to rule out any physical injuries, Dr. Aria confidently works with a patient to understand that their pain is reversible. From there, the treatment is all about calming the nervous system down.
Hear him talk more about how to self-diagnose: is my pain due to a structural issue or nervous system problem?
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Modern research shows that psychological and emotional elements can play a major role in chronic pain. These non-physical components can help the brain “learn” to be in pain. By training the brain, we can re-wire the body’s neural circuitry to dial down pain sensations and bring relief.