Reducing Chronic Pain Naturally: Townshend Interview

Reducing Chronic Pain Naturally: Townshend Interview

Natural methods of healing can help to relieve chronic pain and myofascial pain. Without diet and lifestyle changes, we’re missing a key part of the puzzle.


  • Myofascial pain refers to pain of the muscles and fascia. It’s commonly involved in challenging cases of chronic pain.
  • Myofascial pain can be relieved using GUNN Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) – which uses the same thin flexible needles used in acupuncture, but in a different way.
  • Mind-body methods of healing can have an impact on our overall health. That includes sleep and stress.
  • A healthy diet can reduce inflammation in the body, and help to reduce pain.

Excerpt from Pathways to Healing by Elaine Zablocki

Published in Townsend Letter 2014

“Heather Tick, MD, is a family physician who’s developed special skills for dealing with chronic myofascial pain. Her recently published book, Holistic Pain Relief, offers a comprehensive review of ways to prevent and/or deal with chronic pain.

Tick’s interest in natural healing started early. Even as a child, she was unusually aware of the importance of natural food. “I remember my friends would encourage me to bake with cake mixes. I would say, oh, no, there are too many chemicals in that mix.”

Tick trained as an MD at the University of Toronto, but her medical training didn’t include “natural” methods of healing. “I took my first acupuncture course while I was still a medical student, but it was not part of the curriculum,” she says. “During that period, I experienced shoulder pain that lingered for many months – but acupuncture stimulated something in my body that allowed it to heal itself.”

“When she started practicing as a family medicine doctor, Tick found that the most challenging cases involved chronic pain, often myofascial pain.”

Read the rest of the article here.

2017-06-21T13:08:30+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Pain Management|

About the Author:

For over 20 years Dr. Tick has dedicated herself to researching evidence-based holistic treatments for pain and inflammation. A multiple-book author, including the highly acclaimed Holistic Pain Relief - An In-Depth Guide to Managing Chronic Pain, Dr. Tick empowers her patients to live free of pain and full of life. She is the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine.

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