Have you ever used the Arneson Method on yourself?
Yes. Many years ago, someone broke one of my upper ribs in a martial arts class. After the rib healed, I realized that the pain was not going away completely. At first, I ignored the pain, and assumed that it would go away eventually without intervention. Then one day, I was frustrated with the pain, and decided to use my method. Since the injury site was small, uncomplicated, and was not subject to exhaustion (like neck injuries), I went directly to the focused attention stage of the protocol; I simply felt the pain as keenly as possible. The pain welled up, briefly peaked, and abruptly stopped, never to return. The procedure took about two minutes, and I was driving a car at the time.
This case demonstrates the simplicity of the SNS pain discharge mechanism, which can be accessed in any cubic inch of the musculoskeletal system (and also internal organs). The very same mechanism can heal areas of any size. The worse the problem is, the more dramatic the results are. Cases are more challenging when they require elaborate relaxation procedures in longer sessions.
More recently, I injured my neck while insulating the floor of my (former) house in Arizona. While lying on my back and straining, I felt a pop in my neck. It was scary, but not debilitating. I immediately started my relaxation and rest protocol, lying flat and resting my neck at regular intervals throughout the day. There were minor tension discharges now and then, but never a decisive pain discharge. (The latter is designed to relieve chronic stress response when the injury site no longerneeds a local stress response for repair mechanisms.) I soon realized that the injury required a prolonged healing period; I suspected a disc herniation. However, I managed to keep the pain and muscle spasms away by resting, so I never had the injury examined. Over the next couple years, I nursed my neck back to full health by resting it any time I noticed even slight discomfort in my head, neck, or shoulders. The healing process was harmonious and basically painless.
As documented by other researchers, vertebral disc problems can heal if the requisite conditions are met. For neck problems, one needs relaxed neck muscles plus adequate restthat preserves muscle relaxation. For the low back, one needs relaxed muscles plus midsection stability that preserves muscle relaxation. If no pain occurs to indicate spasms that pull vertebrae out of alignment and/or compress the injury, one can fairly assume that healing is underway. Of course, to be super safe, new injuries should be examined by appropriate practitioners. Then, one can use Arneson Method self-care measures, with or without other methods as needed, and avoid chronic pain altogether.