Ryan Foley of Integrated Kinetic Neurology helps us to reduce chronic pain

116- Ways to Relieve Chronic Pain with Dr. Ryan Foley

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

July 2, 2020

Pain is such as interesting feeling that we experience. We can have pain in areas that aren't damaged in any way, and we can have pain in limbs that no longer exist.

This means that what we thought we knew about how pain occurs might not be exactly correct.

What we do know is that the nervous system and the brain plays a huge role in our perception of pain, which that alone can teach us quite a bit about how pain actually works.

Dr. Ryan Foley has a big focus on chronic pain and how to help patients figure out what is causing that sensation and designing a plan to reduce it. He learned a lot about pain from his experience working with prosthetics.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What we can learn from the field of prosthesis to better understand pain 
  • The fundamental principles that can cause pain
  • How to assess regions of the body to determine where pain is originating from
  • Different ways to reduce pain


  • [1:45] Ryan Foley started his career working in a prosthetic facility
  • [8:00] What are the fundamental principles that can lead to pain
  • [16:30] The area where your pain is most likely is coming from a different area of the body
  • [18:00] When you feel dull pain, is that from compensation patterns or from acute injuries
  • [23:15] Assessing someone's pain requires you to look at the local area and a global look at the entire body
  • [25:00] Should you assess someone while moving, or on a table
  • [33:30] Digestive stress can impact how well we breathe
  • [38:00] Does pain change based upon actual trauma vs compensation patterns
  • [42:30] What are the mechanisms involved in phantom pain
  • [47:00] Can your brain and body try to over protect the system and create too much pain
  • [51:30] One of the best ways to help people is to change their perception of stress

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Ryan Foley

Website: ikneurology.com

Social: Instagram

Ryan Foley teaches how to reduce chronic pain

Ryan Foley teaches how to reduce chronic pain

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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