Thought by Thought Healing

Jennifer Johnson

Thought By Thought Healing is a podcast for those looking to overcome chronic pain & symptoms.

I am Jen Johnson, chronic pain coach, and this show is focused on discussing everything related to curing persistent symptoms with evidence-based techniques. I am a Christian and when I first discovered the mind-body syndrome - also referred to as TMS, neuroplastic pain, & neural circuit pain - I was struck by how the neuroscience of pain and the mind body connection align perfectly with scripture. I recovered from my own story of pain as I understood how our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes & emotions played out in the nervous system in ways I never knew was possible. On this show, I interview experts in the field & discuss the intersection of the gospel & mind-body medicine. I also openly share tools I used in my own healing journey, and still use today with my clients.

My hope is that you, too, will learn how to heal. Reversing chronic pain includes emotional, mental and spiritual healing. It truly changes your life; something you don’t want to miss out on. Thought by thought, you can find freedom. Welcome to the journey.

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Episodes

94 -  Who Heals & Who Doesn't - Qualitative Research - Douglas Guiffrida, PhD
Dec 30 2023
94 - Who Heals & Who Doesn't - Qualitative Research - Douglas Guiffrida, PhD
If you have ever wondered for who and under what conditions people heal (or don't) from mind body syndrome/ psychophysiologic disorders, then this podcast is for you! For me, the fascinating part of this conversation is discuss why people *don't heal. Douglas Guiffrida has done qualitative research around this very subject. After he did the study, he discovered the following to be of importance: belief of mind body connection, willingness to experience & express emotions, and do the homework. He also discovered the importance of secondary gains. Books Referenced: Unlearn Your Pain by Howard Schubiner Websites Referenced: https://ppdassociation.org/ https://www.warner.rochester.edu/directory/doug-guiffrida https://www.douglasguiffrida.com/ Research: https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fint0000318 Douglas Guiffrida, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where he also Directs both the Counseling Program and the Advanced Certificate Program in Mind/Body Healing and Wellness. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). A former chronic pain patient, he now focuses his counseling practice, teaching, and research on mind/body approaches to healing chronic pain. If you are interested in working with me, Jen Johnson, from a Christian perspective - reach out for a free consultation to see if we are a good fit. Website: thoughtbythoughthealing.com Email: thoughtbythoughthealing@gmail.com #tms #mindbodyconnection #mindbodysoul #mindbodyspirit #fightorflight #nervoussystem #youcanheal #thoughtbythoughthealing #sarno #unlearnyourpain #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #footpain #centralsensitization #sibo #ibs #carpaltunnel #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #insomnia #thewayout #somatictracking #somatictherapy #painfreeyou #neuroplasticpain #neuralcircuitpain #ppda
93 - My Child Has Chronic Pain - How to Help them Heal - Dr. Yanek & Kinderman
Dec 20 2023
93 - My Child Has Chronic Pain - How to Help them Heal - Dr. Yanek & Kinderman
If you have a child with chronic symptoms of any sort, you will want to listen to this one. There is so much hope - your child can reverse their symptoms by understanding the mind body connection. And you can be their support. Dr. Kinderman and Dr. Yanek work with children & teens with chronic pain by using playful, interesting ways of teaching them about the brain's role in their symptoms. In this interview we talk about their personal pain healing stories, the benefits & challenges of working with kids (opposed to adults) & also advice for the parents to be able to support their child in the journey of healing. Kinderman and Yanek recently did a TED talk on their therapy model. Here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_way1hFaV80 And, here is their website. https://dualtherapistmodel.com/ If you are interested in working with me, from a Christian perspective, reach out for a free consultation to see if we are a good fit for coaching. Website: thoughtbythoughthealing.com Email: thoughtbythoughthealing@gmail.com #tms #mindbodyconnection #mindbodysoul #mindbodyspirit #fightorflight #nervoussystem #youcanheal #thoughtbythoughthealing #sarno #unlearnyourpain #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #footpain #dualtherapistmodel #pots #ibs #carpaltunnel #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #insomnia #thewayout #somatictracking #somatictherapy #painfreeyou #neuroplasticpain #neuralcircuitpain #ppda #kidsinpain
92 - Movement & Healing Chronic Pain - Charlie Merrill MSPT
Dec 2 2023
92 - Movement & Healing Chronic Pain - Charlie Merrill MSPT
In this conversation Charlie Merrill (Physical Therapist) and I talk about going from avoidance to movement and why it's so important for overcoming conditioned responses. That being said, it's scary to reintroduce movement when it's so painful, so we address this fear & with some tips to overcome it. I also ask him if the following diagnosis or labels are the cause of pain or not? Muscle Weakness, Ehlor Danlos, Inflammation, Plantar Fasciitis, High Arches, Does aging cause pain? and more. Here are the links to Charlie's resources. Enjoy! Email: charlie@mperformance.com https://www.mperformance.com/ https://www.mperformance.com/product-page/beyond-pain-education https://linktr.ee/CharlieMerrill https://instagram.com/charliemerrill?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA%3D%3D&utm_source=qr https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCinoyk46RyzA1v6PqbUl8_w https://www.instagram.com/charliemerrill/?hl=en https://www.lin.health/ https://bettermindcenter.com/ https://vimeo.com/820312657/afacf3022a If you are interested in working with me, Jen Johnson, from a Christian perspective, reach out for a free consultation to see if we are a good fit. My website: thoughtbythoughthealing.com My email: thoughtbythoughthealing@gmail.com #tms #mindbodyconnection #conditionedresponse #physicaltherapy #ehlorsdanlos #muscleweakness #fightorflight #nervoussystem #youcanheal #thoughtbythoughthealing #sarno #unlearnyourpain #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #footpain #centralsensitization #sibo #ibs #carpaltunnel #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #insomnia #thewayout #inflammation #somatictracking #somatictherapy #neuroplasticpain #neuralcircuitpain #ppda
90 - ARE YOU A VICTIM OF MRI IMAGING?
Nov 11 2023
90 - ARE YOU A VICTIM OF MRI IMAGING?
Medical Imaging can be really misleading. What if the normal abnormality you see on your MRI isn’t actually the cause of your pain. **This information is not a substitute for medical advice; always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance related to your health.More and more research is showing that we all have normal abnormalities such as: disk signal loss (ie, desiccated disk),disk height loss,disk bulge,disk protrusion,annular fissures,facet degeneration,and spondylolisthesis, and even abnormalities in the knees, hips and pelvic area don’t have to cause pain. The studies I quote today are cited below:Systematic Literature Review of Imaging Features of Spinal Degeneration in Asymptomatic Populations: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4464797/#:~:text=Age%2DSpecific%20Prevalence%20Rates%20among%20Asymptomatic%20Individuals&text=Disk%20degeneration%20prevalence%20ranged%20from,the%20prevalence%20through%2050%20years.Incidental Findings: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4955074/pdf/0620541.pdfBack Pain https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm19940714331020Osteoarthritis Study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22932918/VOMIT Poster:https://www.helixperformance.ca/blog-content/2019/10/10/understanding-imaging-resultsHockey Players (asymptomatic) with Hip/Pelvic Imaging https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21233405/Are you interested in healing from chronic pain?Check out my website:Thoughtbythoughthealing.com
86 - It Was a War of Attention - Autoimmune Symptoms, Pain & Food Intolerance
Oct 7 2023
86 - It Was a War of Attention - Autoimmune Symptoms, Pain & Food Intolerance
In this interview, Robert shares his story of recovering from chronic symptoms that were so bad he could barely eat anything and even used a wheel chair at times. In the last half we discuss how he sees TMS through the lens of the fear being a deceiver. He also wrote a couple books and has created a website. (see below) Enjoy! Here is his bio. I was never officially diagnosed, but several doctors and healthcare professionals thought I had Crohn’s disease or Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was ill to some extent for about 9 years, of which 15 months were extremely acute. One functional medicine doctor told me I was ‘the worst autoimmune patient’ he had ever seen. I needed a wheelchair to travel more than 200 feet. I had terrible back pain and reacted so badly to all food and drink except mushrooms, cucumbers, cabbage juice and almond milk that for 4 months I only consumed 900-1100 calories per day. I tried every alternative medicine remedy I could think of (including various herbs and supplements), but nothing worked. In the end, I decided I had to recover. I prayed to Christ to be shown the way to heal. Then I had a dream. I had recently bought a book by Dr John Sarno called Healing Back Pain, but it was left unread on my nightstand because I couldn’t accept that my pain was solely psychogenic. In the dream I was on a podcast, holding up Sarno’s book and saying, ‘diet is ok, but this is better.’ After that dream, I read Sarno and other TMS books. I started journaling and began to slowly recover. Every week I walked a little farther and ate a little more. After 15 months, I had fully recovered. I could eat and drink anything humanly edible, do 60 consecutive pushups and run a 10k in 40 minutes. Books: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFZ9DGGF/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0? _encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= https://www.amazon.com/Son-Christ-Secret-Apostle-Grecian-ebook/dp/B0CJRY2JTX/ref=sr_1_11?qid=1696009376&refinements=p_27%3ARobert+Ensor&s=books&sr=1-11&text=Robert@UCQN-SrOEElnLLF8GMOGiSLg Here is his website: https://www.robertensor.com/ Here is the randomized trial he spoke of: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10208146/ And here is the success story: https://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/freedom-after-all-these-years-of-pain.27313/ If you are looking to reverse your chronic pain or symptoms, reach out for a free consult. Website: thoughtbythoughthealing.com Email: thoughtbythoughthealing@gmail.com #tms #mindbodyconnection #mindbodysoul #mindbodyspirit #fightorflight #nervoussystem #youcanheal #thoughtbythoughthealing #sarno #unlearnyourpain #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #footpain #centralsensitization #sibo #ibs #carpaltunnel
83- Why Breathwork Helps Healing w/ Sam Kalawart
Oct 7 2023
83- Why Breathwork Helps Healing w/ Sam Kalawart
Enjoy! 00:00:00 My Introduction and her bio 00:02:00 A little bit about herself and how she got into breathwork facilitating.Her symptoms: 16 years of Bells Palsy, Lyme Disease Diagnosis, gut disfunction, breast implant illness, infections, Interstitial cystitis, body pain and more.Difference between functional & circular breathing.What you can expect in a session.As a Christian, what practices she finds it’s best to avoid.Inner childwork. Her Bio:Sam Kalawart is a Certified Health Coach and Breathwork Facilitator located in Grand Rapids, Michigan with over 400+ hours of teacher training. Sam creates an experience in healing using mind-body teachings, nervous system practices, breathwork, somatic integration & mindfulness. Deeply passionate for this work, Sam has guided thousands of clients 1:1, in workshops and international retreats through their own inner-transformation for the last 7 years.https://samkalawart.comIf you are looking to reverse your chronic pain or symptoms, reach out for a free consult. Website: thoughtbythoughthealing.com Email: thoughtbythoughthealing@gmail.com #mindbodyconnection #mindbodysoul #mindbodyspirit #fightorflight #nervoussystem #thoughtbythoughthealing #sarno #unlearnyourpain #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #footpain #breathwork #breathing #circularbreathing #pain neuroscience #painscience #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #insomnia #thewayout #somatictracking #innerchildwork #somatictherapy #neuroplasticpain #ppda #yoga
Understanding your Pain - A somatic Meditation for Chronic Pain
Sep 16 2023
Understanding your Pain - A somatic Meditation for Chronic Pain
Our fears give us a false and temporary sense of safety, but in reality keep us in a state of tension. True emotional & mental safety comes from somewhere else. This meditation can help identify the source of your fear, the function (what emotional experience it's protecting you from) and what beliefs are at the root of it. In this meditation, we listen. Let me say that again, we listen. Some people call this parts work. There is a part of you carrying this burden or this fear, but it is not all of you. And it is probably not how God wants you live. In this practice, we are going to get in touch with that part of you that is carrying this fear and ask if there is anything you can do while Grouded In Christ, to help it cast off this fear/ burden. 1. Identify Discomfort in Body 2. Identify Fear/ distress underneath the sensation. 3. Feel for the original source (story) behind this pain. 4. Listen to the part of you carrying this burden. 5. Ask what mindset, beliefs need changing for true relief. 6. Turn to the Lord to affirm this and ask for additional truth. 7. Speak this truth to the part of you carrying this fear. Are looking to reverse your chronic pain or symptoms, reach out for a free consultation to see if we are good fit. Website: thoughtbythoughthealing.com Email: thoughtbythoughthealing@gmail.com #tms #mindbodyconnection #mindbodysoul #mindbodyspirit #fightorflight #nervoussystem #youcanheal #thoughtbythoughthealing #sarno #unlearnyourpain #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #footpain #somaticmeditation #christianmeditation #ibs #carpaltunnel #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #insomnia #thewayout #somatictracking #somatictherapy #painfreeyou #neuroplasticpain #neuralcircuitpain #partswork #ifs
84 - Dos & Don’ts of Medication while healing w/ Dr. Kennedy
Sep 9 2023
84 - Dos & Don’ts of Medication while healing w/ Dr. Kennedy
If you’re in chronic pain, you have struggled with the question of medication. And if you’re on the journey to reversing chronic pain through understanding the mind body connection, then you are probably wondering what your relationship with drugs and medication should look like.Here are some of our answers. I hope it meets you where you are at. Here is Dr. Rebecca Kennedy’s Future Website: resilience-healthcare.com Introductory Course to Covid and TMS:    • Chronic Symptoms and the Nervous System      • Long COVID class 1 Introduction   Here is her Bio: I am a family medicine physician with a lifelong interest in the mind body connection. I initially went into medicine because of my fascination with the body’s ability to heal itself. After two decades of treating patients with the typical medicines and procedures, I have finally found what I was looking for with this new model to treat chronic symptoms and help people heal themselves. I grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan and attended Vassar college. I graduated from the University of Michigan medical school in 1999 and moved to Portland Oregon for residency in family medicine at OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University). After years of seeing patients with many chronic symptoms we couldn’t effectively help, it didn’t make sense to me that we couldn’t do more. I developed an intense curiosity to see what other information was out there. I searched for years, constantly learning about new science and different approaches. Fortunately I learned of Howard Schubiner MD and David Clark MD and the new model I had been searching for. I learned everything I could about this approach and have been successfully using it with patients at Kaiser Permanente and will open my own practice in the fall with this model as the sole focus of my practice. If you are looking to reverse your chronic pain or symptoms, reach out for a free consult. Website: thoughtbythoughthealing.com Email: thoughtbythoughthealing@gmail.com #tms #mindbodyconnection #mindbodysoul #mindbodyspirit #fightorflight #nervoussystem #youcanheal #thoughtbythoughthealing #sarno #unlearnyourpain #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #footpain #longcovid #covid #ibs #pain neuroscience #painscience #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #insomnia #thewayout #somatictracking #somatictherapy #covidsymptoms #neuroplasticpain #neuralcircuitpain #ppda
86 - SElf Pressure Vs. Sacrificial Giving & it’s role in Chronic Pain
Sep 2 2023
86 - SElf Pressure Vs. Sacrificial Giving & it’s role in Chronic Pain
"What is the difference between Self-Pressure Vs. Living Sacrificially?" Since Self-pressure is one of the most powerful sources for Chronic Pain, Fatigue or any symptom, it is really important to look at this. This is especially important as believers because God does call us to love. The driver behind your actions matters, and your body never lies. If fear is your driver, then your body will respond with symptoms. For a brief list of what might be considered self-pressure, read below. For my website and coaching opportunities, read even further below :) I feel the responsibility to: _____ Say the right thing _____ Be perfect _____ Keep everyone happy _____ Never be judged _____ Look put together all the time _____ Be in good shape/ look pretty. _____ Never be wrong. _____ Produce a perfect product on the first try. _____ Keep everyone comfortable. _____ Always make the right decision. _____ Get everything on my list done – NOW _____ Do everything efficiently & effectively. _____ Say “yes” to everything & everybody. _____ Never need God’s grace. _____ Always be liked. _____ Should do what other people want. _____ Always agree with people. Not rock the boat _____ I should hide my opinion/ or my preference. _____ Never make anyone feel uncomfortable. _____ Never inconvenience anyone. _____ Etc. Website: thoughtbythoughthealing.com Email: thoughtbythoughthealing@gmail.com #tms #mindbodyconnection #mindbodysoul #mindbodyspirit #fightorflight #nervoussystem #youcanheal #thoughtbythoughthealing #sarno #unlearnyourpain #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #footpain #centralsensitization #sibo #ibs #carpaltunnel #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #insomnia #innercritic #selfpressure #somatictherapy #painfreeyou #neuroplasticpain #neuralcircuitpain #ppda