Let’s Talk Wellness Now! Podcast Appearance
Lets Talk Wellness

Dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis can be challenging, stressful, and —at times— seem hopeless. Many people across the country try their best to carry on with their work, hobbies, and family life while experiencing pain.


This has always been an area that I’ve been interested in throughout my clinical practice. From working with veterans experiencing to chronic pain to the work that we now do at ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, helping people learn to manage their pain and get back to living their best life drives much of what I do as a clinician.


Let’s Talk Wellness Now! Guest Appearance


Since, I’ve focused much of my clinical career on pain management and treatment, I end up running into folks and having conversations about practical strategies for addressing persistent or chronic pain, and even the research and science around pain. Sometimes, that conversation happens to be recorded. In this instance, I was honored to be a guest on the Let’s Talk Wellness Now! podcast with Dr. Deb Muth.


We discussed the experience of pain, taking a biopsychosocial approach to pain treatment, and the mind-body connection that often gets overlooked in healthcare these days.


I love having these types of conversations because, as we continue to learn more about pain, the experience of pain, and the connection between physical symptoms and the not-so-physical symptoms we see that it’s not as simple as we might think. Sometimes, “fixing” a joint, muscle or tendon isn’t enough to relieve pain. Sometimes, we must focus on the mind-body connection to really overcome and effectively manage pain.


Throughout my career, I’ve worked with patients and clients experiencing chronic and persistent musculoskeletal pain. Sometimes, I was able to “fix” some physical problem to relieve their pain. More often than not, it required more of me than simply stretching a muscle or helping with a joint’s alignment. Pain, especially chronic pain, has both physical and experiential components. To effectively treat and manage chronic pain, we need to look not only at the physical stuff (muscles, joints, tendons), but we also need to look at those things that may not be easily seen or diagnosed on a scan or x-ray. Things like, nervous system responses or reactions, emotional affects on pain experience, and even stress/anxiety all impact our individual pain experiences. We can’t simply boil it down to one factor.


Here’s a clip from the show!

Lets Talk Wellness

Check out the full episode here!

Are you dealing with pain?

We understand that struggling with the stress and strain of pain can be tough…Whether it’s waking up feeling stiff or severe tension after walking, running, or playing, no one wants to spend each day dealing with the soreness that pain brings. While many people choose surgery or injections for pain relief, at ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, we offer non-surgical therapies which prevents patients from going under the knife.


If you’d like to book a pain consultation now, with one of our top clinicians, click the button bellow or have your provider fax over a referral. We only book a limited amount of these consultations each month, so act quickly before they’re gone.

Rafi Salazar OT

Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the CEO & President of Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness, as well as the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center, where he worked on projects to improve patient & employee engagement and experience throughout the organization. He has experience as a faculty member at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. Rafi also authored the book Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare