ABC News and USA TODAY will examine the issue of chronic pain in a weeklong series beginning Saturday, May 7th on ABC and Monday, May 9th in USA TODAY.
"The Fight Against Pain" will report on the causes of pain, the impact it has on our lives, work, family and even our mental outlook, as well as new and promising treatments on the horizon. ABC News and USA TODAY will also look at how to better educate and assist those struggling with pain and explore the types of resources available to them.This special coverage will be reported on ABC News broadcasts and platforms including "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," ABC News Radio, and ABCNews.com. ABC News affiliates across the country will also participate. USA TODAY's coverage of pain will be reported in the newspaper's News and Life sections and on USATODAY.com beginning May 9th and continuing each day for the entire week.The week's coverage will include the release of an exclusive national public opinion poll on pain co-sponsored by ABC News, USA TODAY and the Stanford University Medical Center. Developed in consultation with nationally recognized pain specialists, the survey breaks new ground in measuring the extent to which Americans suffer from pain - in frequency and severity alike - and their strategies and successes in dealing with it. ABCNews.com and on USATODAY.com will post portions of the survey along with an interactive format on both websites that will allow users to compare their pain experiences with the survey's nationally representative results.The series will explore many issues, including:· Effective ways to control pain · The search for the next miracle drug · What is a pain specialist - and why your regular doctor may not be trained to handle pain · Alternatives to surgery and pills - relaxation exercises, deep breathing, distraction techniques and other behavioral treatments · How to treat chronic pain in children · Innovative new treatments for pain
As hypnotherapists, we have a lot to offer patients with chronic pain. Pain is interpreted in the brain which is where our playing field is.
Contact ABC news at http://www.ABCNews.com and mention to them that perhaps they might want to include the use of hypnosis in their discussion of pain.