Chronic Pain Typically, after completing a multidimensional pain program, patients are able to significantly lower the frequency, intensity and in other cases eliminate their pain altogether depending on the underlying causes.
Between 62% and 90% of patients completing a M/B program seek no additional treatment for their pain 3-12 months following discharge ( Journal of Neurosurgery, 1976; Southern Medical Journal 1985; San Diego M/BHI, 2004).
Over 65% of patients completing a mind/body behavioral medicine program remain medication free at 1 year follow up (Journal of Neurosurgery, 1976; Southern Medical Journal, 1985; San Diego M/BHI 2004).
Up to 73% of patients completing a mind/body (M/B) behavioral health program for pain decrease opioid use (Arch Phys Med Rehab, 1981; San Diego Mind/Body Health Initiative, 2004).
Lower back pain patients treated by behavioral medicine require far fewer hospitalizations and less surgery by 36% (Neurosurgery, 1989; Clinical Journal of Pain, 1991; San Diego M/BHI, 2004).
A two year follow-up study of a mind/body pain program demonstrated a 36% reduction in clinic visits during the first year, and a 50% reduction during the second year post intervention (Clinical Journal of Pain, 1991). Irritable Bowel 70 % of IBS patients going through a mind/body medicine program reported less pain, bloating and diarrhea” (Newsweek, 10/2004). Infertility 45 to 50 percent of participants in a mind/body medicine program become pregnant within six months, and experience significant reduction in both physical and psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety and anger. Biomedical treatments alone have a success rate closer to 20% (American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 1997; Journal of American Medical Women's Association. Volume 54, pages 196-8, 1999). Insomnia Research demonstrates that for patients going through a non-drug mind/body medical program for insomnia (The American Journal of Medicine, 1996):
100% report improved sleep
75% become normal sleepers
90% reduce or eliminate their use of sleeping pills.
80% of hypertensive patients have lowered blood pressure and decreased medications – 16% are able to discontinue all of their medications (Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, 1989).
Open heart surgery patients have fewer post-operative complications. (Behavioral Medicine, Volume 5, pages 111-117, 1989).
Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Mind/body medicine represents the most effective treatment with respect to preventing relapse in anxiety/depression (Psychology Today, 10/2003; Newsweek, 9/27/04).
PMS and Perimenopause Women with severe symptoms have a 57 percent reduction in physical and psychological symptoms after successful program completion (Obstetrics and Gynecology, April 1990).