Why Chronic Pain Increases When Fear is Present
Guests: Dr. Jen Esquer & Dr. Dom Fraboni | Season 9, Ep. 389

“It’s the simple things done consistently that promote long-term health.” – Dr. Dom Fraboni

How is mindset connected to chronic pain? Most people describe pain as scary, yet Dr. Jen Esquer and Dr. Dom Fraboni say it’s an incredible cue our body is sending to say we need to shift in the way we’re doing something. In today’s episode, Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom – both physical therapists – explain why many people aren’t getting down to the root causes of their pain and why many treatments are only passive to the body. They unpack some chronic pain myths and provide tips listeners can start doing that more actively (vs. passively) help the body correct itself and reverse the pain. They also share why learning “what to say to the body” is such an important tool and why encouraging fear around movement isn’t the right path toward healing.

About Today’s Guests:

Dr. Jen Esquer is a top-40 physical therapy influencer. With a Doctorate in physical therapy, she is ranked as one of the Best Fitness Trainers on Instagram by Shape Magazine and has been featured in Self Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Muscle and Fitness as well as a select interview guest on CBS and on the RISE podcast with Mogul CEO Rachel Hollis. As a self-proclaimed “mover”, Jen has spent more than 2/3 of her life upside down. She graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology and received her DPT degree from Lomo Linda University. Nowadays, she offers private sports therapy, online programs, workshops, and speaks at global engagements, attracting audiences from stay-at-home moms to Hollywood actors and Olympic athletes. Her mission is to help those who are willing to listen to their body, reverse aging, eliminate pain, and establish sustainable health.

Dr. Domenic Fraboni is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. He earned this after graduating from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota. He’s an advocate for the advance of the physical therapy profession as well as accessibility to higher quality of care. He loves to focus his efforts on systemic healthcare change. He was an avid coach, unified partner, and volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics. Today, he coaches clients by working with their mindset, movement, and meals through his company called The Wellness Destination.

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