Doctor Maloney Publishes Back Pain Book on Habitual Response
"My diagnosis was lifelong pain, so I was looking for any solution," says Dr. Maloney. In his book, Dr. Maloney went through all the existing treatments for chronic back pain. He was frustrated: "None of them, not even cutting the nerves, works long-term." Over the years, Dr. Maloney discovered a map of back pain. He has used that map to help hundreds of people with back pain and now shares the map with the world.
Dr. Christopher Maloney, N.D., was influenced in his approach by Dr. Joseph Sarno, a medical pioneer of back pain who focused on the mental release of chronic pain. Dr. Sarno, who passed away in June, focused his work on counseling patients that pain could be overcome. At the same time, Dr. Maloney had learned about the Mackenzie Method, a stretching technique that has helped many chronic back pain sufferers. “Here was one great great doctor saying back pain is mental, and another great practitioner that says it’s all physical,” Dr. Maloney explained.
The search for a solution was personal for Dr. Maloney. When he was twelve years old, he found out he had a “bad back.” A shorter left leg caused Dr. Maloney to walk with a limp, and he added a compression fracture when he was in high school. “My diagnosis was lifelong pain, so I was looking for any solution,” says Dr. Maloney. In his book, Dr. Maloney goes through all the existing treatments for chronic back pain. What he found was frustrating: “None of them, not even cutting the nerves, works long-term.”
But decades later, Dr. Maloney doesn’t live in chronic pain. He has worked for years to discover solutions beyond the conventional. He searched everywhere: “I used every tradition, everything I could find in the conventional and alternative literature.” In the process, Dr. Maloney discovered a map of back pain. He has used that map to help hundreds of people with back pain and now shares the map with the world.
Dr. Maloney's map is unique to him: “There’s nothing like it out there. No one has taken the time to combine both psychology and physiology into a larger picture of how the two combine in the tissues of the back.” Dr. Maloney wanted to simplify the concepts for his patients. He notes: “When you’re in pain, you don’t want to read a long book full of statistics. My goal is to give patients the basic guidelines that may help them with their bodyworkers to resolve chronic pain. If they can tell me what they need to do in a minute or less, then my book has been a success.”
Dr. Christopher Maloney is in family practice in Augusta, Maine. He received his Naturopathic Medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and his diploma of Premedical studies from Harvard University.
“As a Naturopathic Doctor, my patients expect me to be healthy,” Dr. Maloney relates. “But back pain isn’t a reflection of where we are now. It’s a reflection of where we have been, what injuries we carry with us. I think it’s important for patients to look at me and understand that you can be doing everything you can do to be healthy now and still have things go wrong. Negative self-judgment has no place in a plan for healing and recovery.”
Healing Your Back of Chronic Pain is on sale electronically at Smashwords. The book is also available from Amazon and Kindle. Dr. Maloney can be found through his website naturopathicmaine.com
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