The roots of “automatic pattern interruption” originated with some of Dr. Bob Levine’s training starting in the early 1990’s. He and Charlene Levine have worked together to develop and package the approaches used in CWR programs. When Dr. Levine worked as the Director of the Center for Integrative Wellness for Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), he and his team further developed and tested many of the approaches used in CWR programs. During the five-year period from 2007 to 2011, over 2,500 participants with a variety of backgrounds (including employees from Chrysler, HFHS and Dow Chemical) attended over 30 group programs focused on relieving pain and stress. Dr. Levine brought to those programs the importance of tracking, not only pain reduction, but pain elimination. Pain elimination without masking symptoms with pharmaceuticals is the ultimate objective for all of healthcare. In the studies carried out at HFHS, nearly 40% of all chronic pain conditions were eliminated, including pain in the back, neck, hip, shoulder, knee, among others. During the first group program in 2007 with Chrysler employees reporting chronic back pain, 55% of reporting participants eliminated their pain by the end of the program. Over the 5-year period, chronic headaches were eliminated by the end of the program in 45% of those people who reported this condition at the start. Over 40% of people reporting arthritis at the start of programs were pain free by programs end. Medication usage was also reduced or eliminated in a majority of participants.
Current CWR group programs represent the next generation of high performance, results-oriented programing with the latest enhancements developed by the CWR team. CWR uses a sophisticated computerized survey system to track health outcomes using validated measures. Some of the outcome measures assessed by surveys before program start, at the program end, and at intervals after program end include:
- Acute and chronic pain, reduction and elimination (0-10 Numeric Rating Scale-NRS)
- Stress, reduction and elimination (0-10 NRS and Perceived Stress Scale)
- Disability (Oswestry Disability Inventory)
- Sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index)
- Anxiety (0-10 NRS)
- Depression symptoms (PHQ-9)
- Fatigue (0-10 NRS)
- Work Life Quality
- Changes in medication usage
Reports of anonymous grouped data are provided to clients and CWR works with clients to assess cost saving achieved by program participants.
Why the program is effective for such a wide variety of conditions.
A wide variety of ill-health conditions can be addressed in the same group program because people have their own unique set of automatic habits and patterns that drive automatic stress reactions; these contribute to and exacerbate their ill-health conditions. Whether it’s chronic back, neck, hip, shoulder, knee, or headache pain; or stress-related conditions such as sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, fatigue, or high blood pressure; there is an automatic pattern that restricts behavioral change. The proprietary technique of “automatic pattern interruption” used in the programs can relieve the physical, mental, and emotional components comprising the automatic patterns of thinking, speaking, listening, viewing the world and their future, moving and stress reactions that reinforce the expression of chronic pain, stress, or certain stress-related illnesses. Participants learn to recognize and interrupt their automatic patterns that have developed during their lifetime. Once these patterns are recognized and interrupted, participants are free to make rapid, desired changes. This is the heart of accelerated behavioral change that is accomplished in CWR programs. Recognizing and interrupting automatic patterns is like riding a bicycle; once learned, always remembered. Anytime the automatic pattern expresses, it can be interrupted. This promotes the long-term benefits that can be achieved in a wide variety of conditions.
Accelerated learning techniques and mind-body approaches are used to accomplish automatic pattern interruption and guide the changes participants will make to improve health. They learn: 1) construction of a new future vision of optimal health to replace a view that their conditions must be managed rather than resolved; 2) new strategies for relaxing and breathing properly to interrupt automatic stress reactions; 3) movement education routines to relax and release muscles in excess contraction that contribute to pain, fatigue, and restricted movement; 4) communication techniques to eliminate miscommunication stress and support workability in all conversations; 5) release of unwanted thoughts and replacement with thoughts that support achieving optimal health. These are some of the many program elements that empower rapid behavioral changes for producing desired results.