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A groundbreaking mind-body protocol to heal chronic pain, backed by new research.

Chronic pain is an epidemic. Fifty million Americans struggle with back pain, headaches, or some other pain that resists all treatment. Desperate pain sufferers are told again and again that there is no cure for chronic pain.

Alan Gordon, a psychotherapist and the founder of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles, was in grad school when he started experiencing chronic pain, and it completely derailed his life. He saw multiple doctors and received many diagnoses, but none of the medical treatments helped. Frustrated with conventional pain management, he developed Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), a mind-body protocol that eliminated his own chronic pain and has transformed the lives of thousands of his patients. PRT is rooted in neuroscience, which has shown that while chronic pain feels like it's coming from the body, in most cases it's generated by misfiring pain circuits in the brain. PRT is a system of psychological techniques that rewires the brain to break out of the cycle of chronic pain.

The University of Colorado Boulder recently conducted a large randomized controlled study on PRT, and the results are remarkable. By the end of the study, the majority of patients were pain-free or nearly pain-free. What's more, these dramatic changes held up over time. The Way Out brings PRT to listeners. It combines accessible science with a concrete, step-by-step plan to teach sufferers how to heal their own chronic pain. 

©2020 Alan Gordon and Alon Ziv (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"The Way Out is a groundbreaking approach to the treatment of chronic pain that gives hope to those who were thought to be incurable. All chronic pain patients owe it to themselves to read this book. (Andrew Weil, MD, number one New York Times best-selling author of Spontaneous Healing)

“With straightforward and practical wisdom, The Way Out presents a sophisticated yet simple approach to understanding and healing chronic pain - an approach grounded in advanced science and proven clinical experience.” (Gabor Maté MD, author of When the Body Says No

"At long last, a successful treatment for chronic, disabling pain. The Way Out provides valuable information about the ailment of pain, and many helpful suggestions on how to heal." (Aaron Beck, MD, founder of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), emeritus professor of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) 

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An Amazing Book

This is an incredible book. I have learned a lot about chronic pain over the past few years and this is the most comprehensive, well organized, and easy to understand resource I have come across on why chronic pain develops and how to treat it. Most of western medicine does a pretty terrible job treating chronic pain and the insights that developed from the Boulder study (which are presented in this book) really get at the heart of what drives the majority of chronic pain.

Putting aside the science that backs up the approach presented in this book, I was amazed at how well this book described so much of my experience with chronic pain. It was as if someone had written a book about my own journey with chronic pain and what I have come to understand about it through years of struggle. When someone who I have never met can describe my lived experience so accurately it is very clear that I am in the right place.

Lastly, I find it kind of crazy that Alan Gordon developed these techniques to get himself out of pain. That seems like some next level Jedi stuff, almost hard to believe! If you suffer from any kind of chronic pain you absolutely have to read this book.

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Wonderful resource by a phenomenal author

Using humor and a naturally calming voice, Alan allows the listener to engage, understand, and enjoy the wealth of knowledge this book had to offer. great resource for this living with any chronic conditions.

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These Methods are Already Starting to Work for Me!

I am in awe of this book and the work behind it, so much so that I believe this is my first book review. In a book that is short but so sweet, Alan Gordon lays out (clearly with the help of his knowledgeable and insightful co-author, Alon Ziv) "the process" for ending chronic pain. It's already starting to work for me, and while it takes time and effort, they make it easy. The book is an easy read, easy to understand (aided by the anecdotes that make otherwise-challenging concepts turn into aha moments), compassionate, and humorous. Net effect: a truly elegant solution to one of mankind's worst plagues: chronic pain. I first bought the Audible version, then wanted the hard copy for easy reference. Alan's voice is so soothing & encouraging, that it helps the concepts sink in. I've been using related methods (including mindfulness & meditation, an app for chronic pain, Alan's tell me about your pain podcast produced in conjunction with that app, and others) for some time, and each new approach adds help & benefit. But in my opinion, Alan Gordon's methods taught here are for me the icing on the cake, and (pending publication of his peer-reviewed study with Tor Wager, a neuroscientist specializing in pain and Dr. Howard Schubiner, a physician specializing in treating pain with mind-body methods) apparently the most successful evidence-based approach for treating chronic pain. What a great listen! If you don't want the hard copy, buying the Kindle version and then the Audible (so as to use WhisperSync), might be an awesome alternate way to get the most out of this work.

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Live PAIN Free !!

Great Book, Life saver, No need to live in PAIN. Read This !!
And leave those PAIN MEDS out of your Life !!

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Potentially life-changing book

I have suffered from chronic pain for over six years, and can already tell improvement in my pain as a result of reading this book. It is well written, well performed, and simple to follow. Alan Gordon’s voice is calm and reassuring, and I especially appreciate his sense of humor, which adds lightness to what otherwise could be a rather heavy topic. The inclusion of examples of patient experiences helps to keep the book relatable. The book’s concepts are informed by the latest scientific understanding of pain, the brain, and how pain pathways develop. The suggested steps for overcoming chronic pain that is “neuroplastic” (not due to current structural physical disorders), if followed faithfully, could prove life-changing. For anyone suffering from or attempting to treat chronic pain—patients and practitioners alike—I highly recommend this book.

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The best book yet written on mindbody approaches t

I am an MD who has been practicing primary care medicine for over 10 years and studying mind body approaches to chronic pain during this time. The Way Out is the most practical, clearly written and also entertaining book I habe read on the Subject and more importantly it speaks directly to chronic pain sufferers giving a clear process they can use to get out of pain. I am beyond impressed with Alan and Alon's book! Dr. Jean Howell

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Don't knock it until you try it

The book has a good sense of humor and tackles the topic by education and then giving the how to's and hiccups on helping ourselves through the issue. The narrator is calm and gentle, easy to listen to.

I've read Dr. Sarno's book, "The Mind Body Prescription" and finishing up Dr Schubiner's book, "Unlearn Your Pain". Both wonderful books that are from knowledgeable experts and I do recommend reading them, but I specifically liked "The Way Out" because it was clean cut and to the point. Not a lot of fluff to shuffle through to get to the important and useful information. The information is very current too, so there is medical evidence to back up the claims.

As for me, I was already working on my issues from the work given to me by other sources. My pain from myofascial pain syndrome/ fibromyalgia, TMJ, IBS, brain fog, painful bladder syndrome, and poor sleep, has been remarkably improved since starting my journey. I've told people I feel happier and better than I did in my mid-20's! I'm glad to have this book to include in my arsenal, as I like the somatic tracking as described in this book and the more updated information. I think this is the book I'm going to offer to my coworker who I suspect will benefit from the information. Because of it's clean cut information and ease of reading.

Also, I read the Kindle preview. The audiobook is very well done, but you do miss out on some visual humor in the audiobook! So, just a heads up ;p No matter the format you choose, I hope that you'll consider giving this book, or any from the authors fellow experts in the field, a serious read. It may help you more than you know. I'm still in awe that it has helped me this much.

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Amazing information for anyone dealing with pain

Amazing perspective on how to take ownership of this journey in pain management and figuring out how to partner with the Healthcare professionals in my life.

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Best Book Ever

I read it twice!!!! Makes a lot of sense. Addresses the pain fear cycle in an easy-to-understand manner. Read this book with an open mind.

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Very helpful

All of the information was very helpful!! It is a super easy and enjoyable read.