The Book


“Mary Ruth relates her honest and successful struggle with chronic pelvic pain in an easy to read and engrossing fashion. The key to her success is the fact that she took control of her condition and took the responsibility upon herself of getting well rather than expecting the traditional medical model to “cure her”. Her methods to recover a normal pain free life will help readers more than any pharmaceutical or ED visit. As and ER doctor I know that we have little to offer patients with chronic pelvic pain and I have referred many patients to Mary Ruth’s work in the hopes of providing real help for recovery. This is a MUST READ for anyone with chronic pain or interstitial cystitis.”

— Carolyn Sachs MD, MPH. Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of California–Los Angeles
“This well-written story outlines [Mary Ruth] Velicki’s personal journey to find healing from debilitating pelvic pain. As a trained physical therapist suffering from a chronic condition,Velicki’s unique background allows her to bridge the gap of misunderstanding that often exists between clinician and patient. For clinicians, the book provides an honest look into the daily struggles of a patient. For those who suffer from pelvic pain, this book will be a beacon of hope, comforting those who thought they were alone in their experience, providing encouragement and resources for all who search for healing of mind, body, and spirit.”
— Jocelyn B. Craig, MD, Assistant Professor, Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine, University of California–Irvine

“I thought you or your patients might be interested in a new book, Healing through Chronic Pain, that has just been published. I feel it would be inspirational to your patients. It chronicles Dr. Mary Ruth Velicki’s journey and trials and tribulations with chronic pain and her successful recovery. To her surprise she underwent incredible healing that extended beyond her physical body as she experienced the direct connections between her body, mind and spirit. You may be particularly interested in Chapter 11: Treating the Mind, Body, Spirit, where she describes Myofascial Release from her perspective of a patient and that of a therapist.”
— John F. Barnes PT (creator of the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach)

“Healing Through Chronic Pain is an artful memoir of personal transformation, the well- written record of an intensely personal path toward healing, and the discovery that pain and suffering are different. Mary Ruth Velicki remembers for us all how the healing path is an intensely personal journey that has a way of its own, that often stops us in our tracks and more than encourages us, forces us to examine our lives, our way of being in the world, and serendipitously leads us to choices that once we would never have dreamed making. These choices, unbeknownst to us previously, eventually lead us to hope, and the healing of more than the body’s pain, the healing of the soul and spirit as well. We are changed. I recommend this book highly.”
—Carol M. Davis, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA
Professor Emerita
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

“An honest look at the challenges of healing chronic pain. Ms. Velicki takes us on a journey where grief, pain, and embarrassment transform into compassion, self-acceptance, and hope.”
— Dustienne Miller PT, MS, WCS, CYT, Women’s Clinical Specialist, Author of Your Pace Yoga; Relieving Pelvic Pain

“This book is a powerful, well written account of the author’s healing journey with chronic pain. As a physical therapist who practices CranioSacral Therapy, this book offered me a wonderful reminder of the power of the mind, body and spirit to keep moving forward and to heal. Thank you, Mary, for your candid, insightful and often heart wrenching story. You are a true inspiration!”
—Martha PT (as written on

“Mary Ruth’s story is a beautiful testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability of the body to heal itself from the inside out. Her book gives all sufferers of chronic pain hope and proven tools to reverse the cycle of dysfunction. It also presents a strong case for the integration of traditional and alternative therapies in the treatment of any chronic illness or disease.”
— Karen Axelrod, CMT/Diplomate-Certified CranioSacral Therapist

“As someone who changed her career from being a science, hard facts based engineer, to a Myofascial Release Therapist and also dealing with Chronic low back pain, I am so happy that Mary Ruth wrote this book. She very clearly describes the transition from close minded western medicine to an awakening awareness of her own belief systems and how her pain led her on a journey to true self discovery. A must read for anyone dealing with chronic pain, Mary Ruth tells her story in terms that anyone can understand and imparts a sincerity that is immediately credible. This book makes me feel like I am not alone in my journey, especially the realizations she makes about the pain going and coming in cycles and learning how to trust it and use it, rather than fear it. She describes Myofascial Unwinding in an approachable way that makes it easy for clients to make the leap necessary in the their minds to being to contemplate a new way of healing. I have decided that her book should be recommended reading for all of my clients with chronic pain.”
— Nicole Russo BS, LMT

People with Chronic Pain
“I really enjoyed the book and found that it resonated a lot with my experience of this illness – although IC has taken some things away from me it has taken me down a different path in life and one that has proved quite beneficial in many ways.”
Susannah Fraser
Communications & Liaison Officer
UK Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation

“Recently read your wonderful book. I can’t tell you how helpful it was as I begin my own journey with the pain clinic. Thank you for your bravery, honesty and compassion.”
— Annie Buchanan

“I can relate to Ms. Velicki’s book because I suffer from IC and a pelvic disorder myself and I had to leave my job and go on disability. The pain is insurmountable. You wouldn’t believe it unless you felt it yourself. When you read Ms. Velicki’s book you don’t feel alone in your pain. You find as time goes on you come into contact with people who “get it” because they’ve “been there.”
— Lynne LaBianca

“Great book describing a woman’s journey about healing by moving away from traditional scientific thinking to understanding the body as a whole (mind, body, and spirit) and how that led to relief from chronic pain. I’ve been through a very similar journey (just pain on a different location) and she hits everything spot on. I’d recommend this for anyone dealing with chronic pain.”
— Hollywood