Pain Recovery with a Twist

Pain Recovery with a Twist 
– an article by the Living Well Dallas Pain Recovery Clinic Team –

Have you been in pain so long you can’t remember what it’s like not to be? Tried everything you can think of to get rid of it? Are you at your wit’s end? Well, keep reading.  This may be music to your ears.

At Living Well Health & Wellness, we are using some unique modalities to bring recovery that is profound and long-lasting. Our clients are getting their lives back. Who would guess that such gentle work – Bowen Therapy – would bring deep core changes at the cellular level! Who would imagine that LED lights could bring permanent resolution to long-standing conditions like peripheral neuropathy! These two therapies work together synergistically to achieve recovery that is unmatched by many others.

Bowen Therapy was introduced in the U.S. less than 25 years ago and is still largely unheard of. Developed by Tom Bowen of Australia, this gentle technique is changing lives in an amazing way.  With its slow, rolling skin movements on acu-points along the spine, Bowen work quickly brings the mind and body from fight-or-flight into rest-and-relaxation of the deepest kind. Then the therapeutic work takes on a life of its own as the practitioner plucks tendons and rolls over muscles, sending new nerve signals to which the body can respond differently.  When the body is stuck in a pain/spasm/pain cycle, Bowen Therapy is just the ticket to break this cycle, telling the brain that it no longer needs to continue emitting pain messages but can relax and let the healing take place.

LED (light emitting diodes) phototherapy provides gentle but powerful non-coherent light to create an environment in which change may occur more rapidly. Also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT), these pulsed red and infrared wavelengths travel deeply to effect healing.  The equipment is cleared by the FDA for increasing blood/lymph circulation, as well as decreasing pain/swelling/inflammation.

How do LED lights accomplish these effects?  In several ways. By stimulating the release of nitric oxide, blood vessels are dilated so that more oxygen and healing nutrients flow to the painful areas. At the same time, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is released, which helps with cellular repair, as it allows cells to accept nutrients and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cells.

In addition, collagen is produced to repair damaged tissue and replace old tissue. Also, LEDs raise the temperature of the cells through a photochemical reaction.  Plus, the photons of light energy enter the body as negative ions.  This causes the body to send positive ions (calcium and others) to go to the rescue of the area being treated, relieving pain.

You might wonder what this therapy looks like. Black plastic pads with cloth backings have near-infrared bulbs (invisible to the naked eye) embedded in them. The pads may be placed anywhere on the body that is affected by pain, except over a developing fetus or malignant tumor.  Velcro straps are used to hold the pads in place. Goggles with blue and red LED lights placed over the eyes stimulate the brain to release melatonin and serotonin, bringing the body into a theta state conducive to healing, thereby being effective for ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. An LED helmet for the head successfully resolves issues caused by concussions.

The focus of Living Well’s Pain Recovery Clinic is:

  • Migraines/headaches/depression/anxiety/concussion
  • Chronic pain (back/neck/joint)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/Arthritis/Renaud’s
  • Peripheral Neuropathy/Fibromyalgia

With this twist on pain therapy, greater gains are made synergistically than by using either of these powerful tools alone. Clients purchase packages, which include LED and Bowen Therapy, plus nutritional supplements to support the healing process, as well as nutritional guidance.  Other therapies may be added, when needed, including essential oils and vibration therapy.

When there are such effective therapies in the marketplace, you might wonder why people in pain have such a hard time recovering. There are three top mistakes that they make. First, many people wait too long before getting help. An acute condition is much easier to correct than one that has been continuing for months or even years. Often, people will think that the pain will certainly go away if they can just wait it out.  This is not a good idea. Even if the original pain diminishes, the body will compensate and cause pain to crop up somewhere else. Then, even more areas are involved and must be addressed, and the body takes longer to heal.

Secondly, people don’t realize the impact of their food choices on their pain. Certain foods can either create or worsen inflammation, which leads to pain. Other foods can help fight inflammation. It’s important for people to learn which foods help relieve pain and which foods make pain worse. The nutritional component of our Pain Recovery Clinic is focused on foods and supplements that support the body by adding delicious healing foods and eliminating the foods that exacerbate inflammation, thereby worsening pain.

And finally, another mistake smart people living in pain make is to let their “Pain Brain” run their life. If our reality begins in our mind, then be careful which mind is creating that reality. Pain Brain can rally without you knowing it to take over your life with thoughts of hopelessness, sadness, loneliness, and fear.  This reality can be caused by thoughts distorted by medications, the pain response in the body, severe depression/anxiety and straight up fear that the pain will never go away and that you will live compromised. We want to encourage you that there are stronger desires for your life underneath the Pain Brain chatter.  Let us help you get to the roots of your Pain Brain and start helping you dream again and finding ways to incorporate living into your life.  No matter how loud the Pain Brain shouts at you, you need relationships, you need support, you need to get out and continue to do some of your passions and favorite hobbies.  So, what are you waiting for? It’s your time.


Written by the LWD Pain Recovery Clinic Team

Brenda Briscoe, Jenny Bair and Celia Naples


Call today for a consultation to assess your specific needs at 972-930-0260.


Upcoming Hormone Balancing Seminar – March 31st

Are you suffering from anxiety, stress, weight gain, mood swings, depression, joint pain, moody, or low libido?  Learn how balancing your hormones can increase energy, libido, muscle mass, bone density and your sense of well being!  In today’s world hormone balancing is topic for men and women to consider even as early as their mid twenties.

Join us as the providers of Optimal Wellness and Hormone Balancing discuss how to safely and naturally balance your hormones.  

Thursday, March 31st from 6:30-7:30PM Cory S. Rice, MD

Bring a friend or two and enjoy this informative, interactive, fun, & life changing event.

Space is limited so please confirm your attendance by calling the office at 972-930-0260 or email to let us know you’re coming. Feel free to bring a friend or your partner!

Be Well launching events in October

The Be Well Membership is re-vamped, re-created and re-designed

 just for YOU!!

Self-care may not sound sexy but it’s essential and a priority for quality living, well-being and your health.
We have re-vamped our Be Well Membership and have created several exciting events to share how you can incorporate Lifestyle Medicine into your life. You can live with less stress, more contentment, more joy, more passion, more energy and more engaging relationships.
We want to help you arrive at your definition of what would make your life tick from the inside-out in your Mind, Body and Spirit. We’ve focused our program on Mood, Food, Movement, Healing Touch, Life & Creativity.
So, if you need to add a little pizazz into your life and keep it there; we believe we have the answer. You + Be Well = Optimal Living. Our team of veteran experts will be alongside you every step of your personal journey.

Join our Be Well team in the month of October for one of the following events and get introduced to our new program and it’s benefits.

Tues 10/20 @ 6:30PM – 8PM
Be Well in Your Mind, Body & Spirit Panel
FREE – you must hold your space though; call the office to register
All of the providers that help you with FOOD, MOOD, LIFE, HEALING TOUCH and CREATIVITY will be on the panel.  They will share their philosophy of care, what typical appointments are like, give you insight into why they do what they do and who and how they can help.  Also, to be discussed are the benefits of that service/treatment regimen to your specific situation or condition. Then, we’ll open it up for questions. Then, you will be presented with savory options for your health.
Saturday Educational Event –
Sat 10/24 @ 10-11:30am
Be Well in Your Relationships with Jenny
FREE – you must hold your space though; call the office to register
A more in depth look at relationship and marriage coaching; a field not to be feared but to embrace if you want to see change in all of your relationships. She will share the 7 Key Values to a Great Relationship and the Layering Triangle of Love she takes clients through.
Then, she will open it up for questions. Jenny will also share some special recipes for LOVE and appealing sexy offers for your relationships. Remember, the MOST important relationship of LOVE to embrace is with YOURSELF. This will be a core theme expressed.
Celebrate our 10th Year Anniversary at our Gratitude Wine and Cheese Party 
at Living Well –
No Whining; just Live Well with the Be Well Membership
Thursday, 11/5 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Come mix, mingle, talk to our providers, see our place and hear about all of the details of the new membership.
We’ll have mini-talks, cool door prizes, great gluten free snacking and of course lots of meeting on interesting people. We couldn’t do this celebration without you. You are the reason we’ve been in business for 10 years!

Join us for a Healthy Happy Hour on Tuesday, November 10th
Surviving the Holidays Panel – Don’t be a GRINCH or How to Deal with One”
2:00PM -6:00PM – Try On Sessions (20 min each – Try on one or more of our Be Well Circle Services)
6:30PM – 8PM – Panel discussion


Meet the New Be Well Membership Team 2015

Sarah Ferguson, MABC
Life Transitions and Grief/Loss Coaching
Kaelyn Pehrson, Certified Health Coach & Wholeistic Kinesiologist
From whole food cleanses, numerous delicious recipes, the right eating for you, and meeting your physical health goals; she’s your girl

Jessica Blue Sky Vigil, LPC
Creative Counselor with specialty in getting grounded in yourself through
 innovative outlets like art, nature, & breath work

Brenda Briscoe, LMT, Bowen Practitioner, LED Light Therapist
Brenda specializes in healing the body from pain, discomfort to live a life full of joy. She specializes in chronic pain from a variety of conditions; she has a passion for migraines, chronic fatigue, neuropathy, digestive issues and more.
Kaelyn Pehrson

The Perfect Client for Health Coaching with Kaelyn Pehrson

Brenda Briscoe

Migraine Recovery with Brenda Briscoe, Bowen Therapist


Brenda Briscoe is a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 16 years of experience.  She has an additional certification in Clinical Massage Therapy, as well as Bowen Technique (BowTech) and Neuro-Structural Integration Technique (NST).  Both are versions Bowen Therapy and work toward permanent resolution of pain syndromes. Originated by Tom Bowen of Australia about five decades ago, this work is now becoming more recognized in the U.S. It is known for its consistency in bringing phenomenal results. Brenda is one of very few therapists in the DFW metroplex who are accomplished in this modality.

Another tool Brenda uses is LED light therapy which increases circulation as it reduces pain and swelling.  With this offering, in addition to her Bowen work, she now specializes in Migraine Recovery and has had much success with this condition over her career.

Brenda is offering a FREE 30-MIN CONSULTATION for new clients who want to see if Bowen and LED Light Therapy (phototherapy) is a good fit for them.   A 10 min demo of Bowen therapy and a 10 min demo of light therapy will be provided in this in person consultation.  Schedule your consultation today by calling the Living Well Dallas office at 972-930-0260. Brenda’s techniques are often understood better by experience than description.

LED Light Photo

The Benefits of LED Light Therapy for Fibromyalgia – Free Event

Join us as we explore the mystery that is Fibromyalgia, presented by Brenda Briscoe and Beeben Russell, and hear a compelling solution to the pain it causes.  Learn how LED light therapy (photobiomodulation) can improve this condition and others.

When – Saturday, August 1st from 10:30AM – 12PM.
Hosted in the lobby of Living Well Dallas.

144330 Midway Rd. Ste 121, Bldg 1, Suite 121
Dallas, TX 75244

You may register for this free event by calling Living Well at 972-930-0260.  Registration requested, but not required to attend.

Please, Bring a Friend or loved one who may also benefit from this event.

Health Chat now on Blog Talk Radio

Living Well Dallas is proud to announce

Jenny Bair’s new Blog Talk Radio



Ms. Bair, MHE will be interviewing the leading experts on topics relating to Food, Life and Love. Get your burning questions answered and get tips to LiveFULLY and Be Free!  Check out Jenny’s Health Chats at!



Mood Elevation

Do you want a mood Elevation?
Are you feeling passion-less?
At moments hopeless and unsure?
Diffusion, inhalation or application of this oil in a carrier oil might help your existing Mood Management Plan.

Speak with Jenny Bair or Billie Lyde at our practice to learn more about the DoTerra mood oils.
If you need more help in getting a Mood Management Plan in your life then, LWD has oils, supplements, shakes, lab testing for brain nuero-transmitters and food sensitivites, dietary plans, medication, coaching, counseling, light therapy and more to help keep you balanced in a way that works for your values, lifestyle and body chemistry. There’s no need to suffer; find new ways to ELEVATE!!
Call 972-930-0260

Spring Specials: Counseling with Jessica Bluesky Vigil

Question: Dear Living Well Counselor,
Spring time marks allergies and productiveness for me, usually. But lately, I have been bothered by something and it’s causing moodiness and spikes in energy – I’m busy as a bee then totally tuckered out. I am feeling more stress than usual. Any quick tips to help?

 Answer: Allergies are extremely challenging and I personally know that condition alone causes stress. It also sounds like you have a bit of old drama coming back around (meaning something emotionally distressing that you are struggling to effectively cope with).  No matter what’s got you feeling “itchy” for some peace of mind you don’t need tons of time to reduce your stress. I recommend taking a mere 5-10 minute chunk of your day and setting it aside to deliberately and mindfully practice self-care. What you choose to do in the time is all up to you but please refrain from phones, emails, and internet related activities. Instead, make a delectable drink, plant a flower, clip nice pictures from a magazine, sing and sway to an uplifting song or try one of the suggestions in this article Stay fully engaged in the activity of your choice and if unpleasant or stressful thoughts come into your mind during this time imagine you are GENTLY blowing them away as if they are in a bubble. Inhale through your nose and exhale, nice and slow, through your mouth.

Explore time away from your regular day. RENEW YOU.

 Jessica’s Special Spring Offer:

Because Living Well’s Mission includes assisting people in gaining optimum living and well-being we offer you, our loyal Newsletter recipients, a special Spring Thing – entitling you to a complimentary RENEW YOU session with Jessica Blue Sky Vigil, LPCi.  To schedule your appointment please contact us at 972-930-0260 and mention this offer. Offer expires when Summer begins (June 21st, 2015).

Wellness = Wholeness

Your physical, mental and spiritual health are connected, influencing each aspect of your whole-self. Let’s discuss many factors in your life that contribute to your wellness and create a StressLESS Action Plan.

More than “the couch”

My approach as a counselor includes the traditional “come on in, sit on the couch and tell me about it” confidential atmosphere infused with eco-conscious creativity. Options you’ll have in your journey of healing include clinical counseling, meditation, artistic creation, theatrical release of emotions, solution focused stress relief and more.

 Call today and schedule a 20 minute FREE phone consultation with Jessica directly. 972-930-0260

Jessica Blue Sky Vigil