Healing Chronic Back Pain

  • Erik Peper San Francisco State University
  • Jillian Cosby
  • Monica Almendras
Keywords: back pain, imagery, visualization, holistic health, self-care, relaxation


This case report describes the self-healing process by which a 28-year-old woman who had scattered her L3 vertebra, broken both sides of her jaw, and fractured her left shoulder in a motorcycle accident. After the accident, she underwent two surgeries to replace her shattered L3 as well as fuse her L2 and L4 vertebrae. A year later, she continued to take 5–10 mg of Baclofen and 300 mg of Gabapentin three times a day to control her pain. After one year, she enrolled in a holistic health class that included self-healing practices. She implemented self-healing imagery and other self-regulation strategies, and after three weeks she stopped all medication. At the 18-week follow-up, she is pain free. Discussed are the steps of the self-healing strategies she implemented to improve her health.

Author Biography

Erik Peper, San Francisco State University
Professor Institute for Holistic Health Studies Department of Health Education


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