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Since 1995, the Arneson Method of Guided Relaxation has been triggering biological healing: pain elimination, termination of degenerative processes, auto-adjustment of spinal misalignments, migraine cessation, trauma recovery for infants, etc. For injury-related and degeneration-related chronic pain, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) deploys its pain discharge mechanism. With rare exceptions, the effect has been permanent or prolonged relief of chronic or intermittent pain, years or decades after injuries. See the Q & A page for more information.

The Arneson Method is an extremely potent remedy for permanent pain relief—a new form of medicine constantly evolving with ongoing research. Clients are accepted only if they appear to be candidates for permanent pain relief. The method cannot be used for continuous pain management or stress reduction.

All results of the Arneson Method are spontaneous effects of relaxation. The method does not involve manipulation, massage, acupuncture, energy medicine, breathing exercises, guided imagery, hypnosis, substances, or devices. The client lies fully clothed and motionless on a soft treatment table, eyes open and wide awake. Little or no touch is used. Therapeutic success depends on total comfort, therefore no invasive or embarrassing procedures are used. The method does not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any specific condition, nor does it replace qualified medical advice. Conventional diagnostics are always recommended.

The Arneson Method is appropriate for the complaints listed below. Unless otherwise noted, permanent pain relief is typical after one or two sessions. Certain clients with neck or low back issues will also need self-care homework. See the neck and low back articles.



Chronic pain caused by traumatic injury: Traumatic injury results from a jarring force applied to the body, as in falls or car accidents. Chronic symptoms began at the time of injury, or perhaps months or years after the injury. Pain may be worse in areas outside the original injury site. The injury site itself may not have pain, but appears to have precipitated symptoms elsewhere. Injury-related chronic pain can occur in any area of the body, from head to foot. It may be constant or intermittent. There may be structural damage or no apparent tissue damage at all. The initial injury damage may have healed completely, yet pain persists. Injury-related chronic pain may be accompanied eventually by tissue degeneration, e.g. osteoarthritis or atrophy. (SNS pain discharge occurs despite degeneration.) The Arneson Method is appropriate for injury-related chronic pain lasting anywhere from several months to several decades. Multiple injury sites can be addressed at once. In rare cases, chronic pain persisted after Arneson Method treatment, due to permanent structural damage. However—since the mid-90s—even where permanent structural damage was identified, the Arneson Method afforded permanent pain relief that was complete or nearly so.

Disease-related chronic pain: Unprecedented pain relief and tissue changes have been observed consistently for diseases involving tissue degeneration, including osteoarthritis and CRPS/RSD. One or two treatments have been sufficient for prolonged or permanent relief of osteoarthritis pain, suggesting that the degenerative process itself was arrested permanently or for many months. (See the osteoarthritis case study) With third stage CRPS, lasting pain relief and dramatic atrophy reversal occurred—over several months with multiple treatments—many years after the injury. If CRPS pain is located in extremities, subsequent treatments are likely to be brief, and therefore offered at a reduced fee. Cancer pain is not yet a confirmed application for the method, but related data appears promising; feel free to inquire.

Neck pain: The vast majority of chronic neck pain cases involve chronic exhaustion of the neck, which is not recognized or remedied by pain management methods. The best remedy for exhaustion is rest. However, a chronically exhausted neck cannot be completely rested at home. It requires intervention in the form of guided relaxation and facilitated rest. In almost all cases, a single Arneson Method treatment eliminates neck exhaustion. Then, permanent relief is achieved when the client rests the neck at home—several times a day, for two or three weeks as needed—until normal muscle strength is regained. Some neck pain cases require SNS pain discharge for permanent pain relief, while others need only to resolve exhaustion.

Please note: Acute pain flareups due to spinal disc damage are not a match for the Arneson Method, but are welcome if the condition eventually stabilizes with chronic or intermittent pain.

Low back pain: Many cases of chronic or intermittent low back pain do not require SNS pain discharge (therefore, discharge will not occur). If low back pain is clearly not injury-related, or if unsure about the cause, then visitors should use the Arneson low back stabilization exercise at home—daily for at least two weeks—before scheduling an appointment. The exercise alone may eliminate the pain, or when combined with daily walks. If pain relief is incomplete following two weeks of the stabilization exercise, or if low back pain is clearly injury-related, then those visitors are welcome to schedule an appointment. Failed Back Surgery Syndrome has responded perfectly to SNS pain discharge, even after multiple surgeries and decades of pain management.

Please note: Acute pain flareups due to spinal disc damage are not a match for the Arneson Method, but are welcome if the condition eventually stabilizes with chronic or intermittent pain.


Pregnancy-related pain: If pregnancy induces spinal misalignments or musculoskeletal pain, such cases are considered the highest priority for scheduling. Expectant mothers with radical lumbar spine misalignments have enjoyed complete relief and spinal auto-adjustment owing to the Arneson Method's non-invasive, total comfort approach. Such cases do not involve SNS pain discharge unless an old injury is acting up. Or, if back pain develops before or after delivery, the pain might resolve at home with the Arneson midsection stabilization exercise.


Early life trauma in infants: This is the most important application of the Arneson Method. Early trauma may be indicated by vacant eyes, rigid body, or emotional disturbances. Inexplicable trauma may occur despite an uneventful birth or peaceful early days, and is a common occurrence. Trauma discharge is easiest in the first six months of age, before additional layers of trauma compound the original condition, which is known by established medical science to cause schizophrenia, epilepsy, ADHD, etc. The procedure is completely safe and non-invasive, and requires typically one or two sessions for full effect. The mother sits with the infant for the whole session. The infant simply cries to discharge shock from the central nervous system. (Trauma discharge is deeper and more productive than average crying.) As with adults, systemic relaxation permits extensive neurological self-regulation for infants. If discharge does not occur, there will be no fee for the appointment. Please read the infant trauma article before scheduling an appointment.


Migraines: Since the first migraine sufferer sought the Arneson Method in 1995, almost all migraine clients have enjoyed complete relief from migraines in progress. They also had less frequent migraines and, with repetition, reported cessation of migraine episodes in an average of four sessions. Migraine clients may receive an Arneson Method session only when they have a migraine in progress or pre-migraine symptoms. Migraine sessions do not involve SNS pain discharge unless the client is also affected by unresolved, old injuries. Given the logistical complication of scheduling migraine clients last minute, some patience with the scheduling process may be necessary. The building is fragrance-free.

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