How much time is needed to activate SNS pain discharge?
SNS pain discharge is an involuntary nervous system mechanism activated automatically when the body is adequately rested, energized, and alert to physical sensations. Pain discharge permanently relaxes the pathological stress response (chronic tissue contraction) that causes chronic pain and degeneration after traumatic injuries heal. The mechanism is a natural step in the progression towards total comfort—the final stage of the healing process. Assuming that 1) the complaint matches the Arneson Method (the injury site has a discharge waiting to happen), and 2) the practitioner does his job of getting the body completely comfortable, pain discharge is simply a matter of time.
But how much time? SNS pain discharge is an individual process, determined by the client’s stress and fatigue levels, severity of the original injury, and the amount and type of degeneration (if any). It’s impossible to guess how much time the client will need on the treatment table before the body manages a decisive pain discharge. Some conditions—including neck, knee, ankle, toothache, and broken rib pain—have needed less than 15 minutes of focused time on the table. However, in some cases, the same areas require more than two hours on the table, divided between two sessions. Typically, longstanding low back or hip pain requires two sessions, but the second session may be anywhere from .5 to 1.5 hours long. In rare cases, the client may need more than three hours of table time, which suggests that a deeper healing process is underway in those three hours—deeper than mere resting. Historically, for all clients seen thus far, the overall average table time was approximately 45 minutes.
In cases where the client needs a second session, the body needs to rest and exercise at home—between those two sessions. For example, a client with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome might need a one hour session of facilitated rest, followed by one or two weeks of walking and productive sleep, followed by a second session that is only .5 hours long. Why not do a single session of 1.5 hours? In this case, the body cannot discharge pain with a single session, regardless of the amount of resting time. There’s a limit to how much work the body can do in a given period of time; healing is work. How does the practitioner know when to end the first session? The session ends when it’s no longer productive. If a second session is needed, the typical time for the first session is 50 to 70 minutes. The body does an enormous amount of work in that first session. Even without a decisive pain discharge, the benefits are obvious—pain relief, auto-adjustment, systemic energizing, etc. At the second session, clients invariably notice strength and a readiness for work that were unattainable in the first session; these are prerequisites for a decisive pain discharge, which has been absolutely consistent in effecting profound improvements.
Fortunately, the period of time since the original injury does not seem to be a factor in determining pain discharge ETA—not unless more time led to more degeneration, which is not always the case. For example, the longest time period seen between the original injury and pain discharge was almost 50 years, for a chronic knee pain condition. The client was in her early 70s. Her session was ten minutes long. No degeneration was diagnosed or suspected. Similarly, as described in the list of case studies, a head injury (severe concussion) client sought pain discharge 32 years after the injury. His session was 20 minutes long.