The Pain Solution: A Holistic Approach To Healing

May 14, 2024

Show Notes for Podcast Episode 6: The Pain Solution: A Holistic Approach To Healing


In this episode of The Health and Wellness Coach Journal Podcast, Dr. Jessica Singh has the privilege of speaking with Dr. Shilpa Sharma. Dr. Sharma is a double board-certified physician, Harvard-trained acupuncturist, the medical director of the Orthopaedic Integrative Health Center at Rothman Orthopaedics, and an award-winning clinical assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She specializes in non-surgical pain care and building customized healthy aging programs for patients. Beyond her impressive credentials, she's a genuine healer with a passion for helping individuals find relief from pain and embrace holistic well-being. 

Dr. Sharma's journey into holistic pain management is deeply rooted in her background in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Through her work, she aims to empower individuals to function better in their daily lives, irrespective of their health challenges. Her approach blends Western and Eastern medicine, acknowledging the interconnectedness of physical, mental, and emotional health.

The 5R Relief Method

During our conversation, Dr. Sharma introduces us to her innovative 5R Relief Method—a practical framework designed to address pain from multiple angles. Through five simple yet profound principles: Refuel (nutrition), Revitalize (movement), Recharge (sleep), Refresh (resilience and mindset), and Relate (relationships), she offers a roadmap for holistic healing.

Throughout our discussion, Dr. Sharma shares inspiring stories of patients who have found relief and renewed hope through her integrative approach. She emphasizes the importance of taking small, actionable steps, known as micro boosts, to cultivate lasting change and promote overall well-being.

An Inspirational Message of Hope

In a world where chronic pain can feel overwhelming, Dr. Sharma's message is one of empowerment and resilience. She reminds us that healing is a journey—one that requires patience, compassion, and a willingness to explore new possibilities. With her guidance, listeners are encouraged to embrace a holistic approach to pain management, rooted in self-care and self-discovery.

Join us as we go on this journey of healing and transformation with Dr. Shilpa Sharma, and discover the power of holistic pain management to nurture body, mind, and spirit.


Join Us For The Pain Solution Reading Challenge

The Center for Health and Wellness Coaches invites coaches, health care providers, and health and wellness professionals, to participate in a 7-week summer reading challenge featuring Dr. Sharma's book: The Pain Solution: 5 Steps to Relieve and Prevent Back Pain, Muscle Pain, and Joint Pain Without Medication. Each week, participants will receive emails from Dr Singh guiding them through the challenge. Participants will also be able to attend two live discussions with the author and connect with each other in a private Facebook group.

Dates: July 8-August 25, 2024

This course is approved for 2 continuing education (CE) credits by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). This course is spending eligibility for CE credits through the International Coaching Federation.

Click here to learn more.



  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 01:56 - Dr. Sharma Shares Her Insights On The Use of Holistic Health And Healing Modalities To Bridge Gaps
  • 04:02 - We Need A Team Approach To Health Care
  • 05:26 - Dr. Sharma’s Motivation For Writing The Pain Solution
  • 07:41 - The 5R Relief Method
  • 10:33 - The Whole Person Approach
  • 11:32 - The Importance Of Functional Goal
  • 12:43 - Health and Wellness Coach Collaboration With Physician
  • 14:38 - Healing Is An Ongoing Proces
  • 18:33 - Where Do You Find The Good Stories
  • 20:05 - An Inspirational Message For Healing
  • 22:45 - Pro-Social Acts Improve Health
  • 23:58 - Placebo and Nocebo Effects
  • 25:01 - An Introduction To How Acupuncture Can Help With Pain
  • 27:08 - Takeaways


Books Mentioned In This Episode

  • Sharma, Saloni. The Pain Solution: 5 Steps to Relieve and Prevent Back Pain, Muscle Pain, and Joint Pain Without Medication. New World Library, 2022.

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