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Pain is too complex to go at it alone!

The Specialized Educational Experience Philosophy

If a patient has the right information and a clinician has the right approach, the synergy of treatment can accomplish amazing outcomes

The S.E.E. Difference

Our strength lies in our ability to reduce complex topics to their fundamental elements. We specialize in taking the mystery out of medicine, so that patients can become an equal partner in the rehabilitation process. We help therapists see their way through the "maze" of patient problems.

Author and Founder,
Cheryl F. Wardlaw PT MMSc CFMT


I know about the pain you feel and the stress you are under. Through the years, I have recovered from migraines, sacroiliac pain, lumbar pain, thoracic pain, neck pain, knee pain and nerve pain in my arms and legs. I've broken numerous bones. I have had severe food allergies, insomnia, and sleep apnea. I have made it through liver disease, gallbladder disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Doing so has forced me to personally deal with a veritable spectrum of physical pain. Aside from dealing with my own issues, I have devoted the better part of my life to improving others' quality of life.

For the past 35 years, I have been a Physical Therapist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where I get to "pick the brains" of some incredible physicians and scientists. For the past 30 years, I have taught physical therapy courses throughout the country with a very gifted group of therapists. Daily, I care for patients of every diagnosis, but my focus is the rehabilitation of people who have not yet been able to control and/or resolve their pain.

Through the summation of my life events and experiences, including all the people I've been able to help, I am convinced of three fundamental truths:

Please join me in an exploration of your pain experience, the reasons why your pain hasn't stopped and about developing a winning battle plan to take back your life. You have the potential to live a very different life. Let our collection of books and booklets show you the way.


Our Products:

Taming Pain: Lessons from the Trenches (2013 Revised Edition)


Written with all the wit and wisdom that Cheryl is known for, this patient focused book explains how your pain isn't just about bones, muscles, nerves and discs being damaged. You'll learn how other systems play a role in your on-going pain. You'll also learn the role what you eat, or don't eat plays in inflammation and pain. Finally, we will build common sense plans for recovery. All along the way, I'll tell you ways to know which problems apply to your situation and which plans are right for you.

Designed for patients, essential for therapists, this 170 page book covers the key information, tests of validity and battle plans needed to understand and succeed in:


Taming Pain Hard Copy 2013 Edition ($32.00 plus S&H)


Taming Pain eBook 2013 edition ($16.50 per)

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Taming Pain on CD 2013 edition ($21.50 plus S&H)

This is a PDF of Taming Pain burned to a CD-R. It's great for use with electronic devices with the added convenience of printability. Please refrain from simply copy and printing the entire book. If others need the entire selection, please direct them towards our website to purchase their own copy. We are more than happy to allow personal/single department printing of limited sections for personal use and professional use with patients.


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The Pain Trilogy Sections

For those interested in one component of Taming Pain, we have individual booklets available. Therapists find these booklets very helpful in enhancing a patient's understanding of dysfunction and the rehabilitation of pain and the physical effects of stress. Let our booklets do the explaining for you!


Part One of the Pain Trilogy:

Pain: A Love Story

The Brain's Obsession with Your Safety


This book represents my best efforts to simplify the very complex concepts proposed by today's researchers in the growing field of the neuro-pain model. The development of the functional MRI (fMRI) has allowed scientists an intimate look into the greatest processor that will ever be created: the human brain. Further, we now understand that our old primitive view that pain is in direct proportion to the structural damage present (the structural pathology model) is, simply put, WRONG.

In Pain: A Love Story, you will learn how the pain that started off with good reason has become a monster that won't leave you alone. You will learn the truth behind chronic pain "and the truth shall set you free"! We will explore what has been called, "the neuromatrix model" by scientist R. Melzack. In his words: "pain is a complex, multisystem, disproportionate response, generated by a network of cells within the central nervous system, in response to an actual or perceived threat". Confused by that statement? Don't worry about it. We have pages and pages to turn you into a powerful member of your pain rehabilitation team. It is my hope that this book serves to supplement the conversations your therapist has had with you about this valuable information. Regardless, the treatment plans outlined in these pages have proven effective with chronic pain patients throughout the globe. In my practice as a physical therapist and as a manual therapist, specializing in caring for the most complex cases, I could not imagine a day without having this information in my arsenal.


Pain: A Love Story Color Booklet ($11.50 plus S&H)


Pain: A Love Story on CD (Printable) ($9.50 plus S&H)

Like Taming Pain on CD, this is a PDF of Pain: A Love Story burned to a CD-R. When printing, please refrain from printing the entire book for redistribution. You may, however, print individual parts and sections for personal use and use with patients. If you plan to print most of the book's sections for a patient, we would prefer you have that patient buy an individual copy of the selection. Thank you for your support!


Pain: A Love Story eBook ($7.50 per)

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Part Two of our PAIN TRILOGY:

Taming Stress

The Body's Responses to Life's Demands



If there was one prevelant issue that the human race will never rid itself of, it'd be the overabundance of stress. You can't sell it, but you sure can buy it. You can't see it, yet it's everywhere. Stress doesn't have a color, but it makes us feel blue and see red. This overabundance, which our society currently can't seem to get rid of, is detrimental to both our mental and physical health!

That being said, stress is a silent killer. That may seem like a fairly strong statement, but stress CAN kill you; it just tends to do it slowly. Some already know the affect that stress has had on them: an ulcer, mood swings, headaches, etc. However, most people have no idea of the physical changes and physiologic warfare going on inside of them every day. That is, until they find themselves in a very deep hole.

This booklet is designed to arm you with the information you need to understand and recognize stress. This includes understanding what stress is, what stress physiologically triggers in the body, and the resulting changes that can occur. Though we sometimes feel like it'd be nice to live a stress-free life, the right amount of stress is needed to strengthen our physical structures and motivate us to improve ourselves. We, as social animals, have to realize that stress is simply a part of interacting with our "pack". We don't, however, have to let stress tear us down bit by bit. In response, I want to give you the tools necessary for healing the damage that naturally occurs when living a stressful life. With these tools and knowledge, you can finally fully embrace your role in taking back your health and happiness.


Taming Stress Color Booklet ($11.50 plus S&H)


Taming Stress on CD (Printable) ($9.50 plus S&H)

Like Taming Pain on CD, this is a PDF of Taming Stress burned to a CD-R. When printing, please refrain from printing the entire book for redistribution. You may, however, print individual parts and sections for personal use and use with patients. If you plan to print most of the book's sections for a patient, we would prefer you have that patient buy an individual copy of the selection. Thank you for your support!


Taming Stress eBook ($7.50 per)

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PART Three of our PAIN TRILOGY:

Solving the Body's Pain Puzzle

The Mysteries of the Body's Pain Producing Symptoms



This booklet is not for those who have one clear cut issue that can be corrected with medicine or surgery. This Booklet, instead, should be thought of as your Sherlock Holmes Guide to the systems that can cause you pain. The reason why you hurt is not necessarily located in the exact spot where you hurt. Though you may feel like you know who your personal "pain culprits" are, you might be surprised who the actual "villain" is.

Discover how each system can cause YOU pain and what to do about it:


Solving the Body's Pain Puzzle on CD [Printable]
($9.50 plus S&H)

Like Taming Pain on CD, this is a PDF of Solving the Body's Pain Puzzle burned to a CD-R. When printing, please refrain from printing the entire book for redistribution. You may, however, print individual parts and sections for personal use and use with patients. If you plan to print most of the book's sections for a patient, we would prefer you have that patient buy an individual copy of the selection. Thank you for your support!


Solving the Body's Pain Puzzle eBook Edition ($7.50)

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FOR THERAPISTS, WE ALSO OFFER:

Functional Manual Therapy Exercise Program CD
($150 plus S&H)

The CD can be downloaded onto multiple computers at your facility for one low price, allowing you easy access to 386 unique exercises presented throughout the IPA courses. The Functional Manual Therapy Exercise Program covers material from the CFS, FMII, FMUQ, FMLQ, and PNFI IPA courses. The CD is accessed through Adobe and contains files for each individual course, including: easy reference summary sheets for the course's exercises; and print ready patient exercise sheets organized into the categories used in each course.

Each exercise is illustrated and thoroughly described to help your patient get the details right the first time. Our FMT Exercise Program CD also serves as a useful study and reference guide and helps you choose and progress our Mechanical- Neuromuscular- Motor Planning exercises with ease. Stop drawing those stick figures and start printing today!

Here are a couple shots of pages from the manual!

Exercise Manual Example 1
Exercise Manual Example 2
Exercise Example 3
Exercise Example 4
Exercise Example 5

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