Dr. Raymond J. Petras, B.E., M.A., Ph.D.

Sports Psychology, Pain Doctor, Hypnosis, Concussion Treatment
Testimonials for Dr. Raymond J. Petras
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Sports Performance & Injury/Pain Management

Raymond J. Petras, Ph.D.

TESTIMONIALS

(Physicians, Coaches, Athletes, Business, Clients)

Professional
Olympic
US Archery
NBA
NFL
PGA & LPGA
NHL
Gymnastics
Canadian Jr Hockey
Kickboxing
US Skiing
US Speed Skating
Swimming
US Track & Field
Cross Country
Shot put
Baseball
Softball
Rodeo
Barrel Racing
Goat Tying
Horse Showing
Steer Wrestling (Bulldogging)
Soccer
Weight Lifting
Clients
Medical
Business

Interesting Testimonials
  • Sessions performed over-the-phone, in person (individual or group).
  • Matt Blair-former NFL star
  • John Gagliardi-winningest football coach in history
  • C. Norman Shealy-neurosurgeon, pain specialist and developer of the TENS unit
  • Jack Willis-former President & CEO, Twin Cities, MN Public Television
  • Olympians-Ron Backes (USATF) and Kristina Koznick(USA Skiing)...more

 

Session performed over the telephone:

Breast Cancer Surgery Pain

"I don't quite know where to start... I guess I will start with an update on Patty. She sailed through yesterday (cancer operation) - no pain, no problems, and a fantastic outcome... the initial report is no cancer spread and all clear margins from the lumpectomy site... Findings that were expected given our conversations with you. Patty and I both spoke with the different healthcare providers about your help and work yesterday and they seemed understandably impressed - especially seeing how well Patty did. This morning, the surgical nurse specialist called Patty for a routine follow-up and asked how Patty was doing and how the pain was - was the pain med. working adequately? To which Patty replied that she had no pain and although she took one pain pill last night, she really did not need it. This truly impressed this nurse and she commented that "we need to get him (you) here. We do attribute her remarkable experience to your help." Dr. Ward Brown, M.D., F.A.C.C., Cardiologist - Gundersen Lutheran Heart Institute, La Crosse, WI.

 

The categories listed in following order:

Medical
Business
Athletics
Archery
Barrel Racing
Baseball
Basketball
Bobsleigh
Bulldogging
Cross Country
Equestrian
Football
Goat Tying
Golf
Gymnastics
Hockey
Horse Showing
Kickboxing
Rodeo
Skiing
Soccer
Softball
Speed Skating
Steer Wrestling
Swimming
Track & Field
Shot put
Volleyball
Weight Lifting
Clients

 

MEDICAL

 Dr. Petras, "worked on ten of our patients, most of them among our most difficult patients. All of them had at the time of his session an excellent response with either marked reduction or elimination of pain." Dr. C. Norman Shealy - Neurosurgeon, Director-Shealy Institute for Comprehensive Care, Springfield, MO

"I had never seen such a rapid improvement in a injured athlete's symptoms in all my 15 years of Sports Medicine. The PsychoNeuro Pain Response™ (PNPR™) Technique is very safe and effective in reducing pain and improving range of motion. I highly recommend his service to both professional and amateur organizations wishing to accelerate the return to play of their athletes." Dr. Gary Greenberg, M.D., FRCPC - Medical Director, Sports Medicine, Emergency Medicine Physician, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Dear Dr. Kelly: (Medical Director - Canadian Workplace Safety & Insurance Board) - 2/03 I am writing to you on behalf of Dr. Petras. I was the Director of the University of Ottawa Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Centre during the years that Dr. Petras developed the technique called the PsychoNeuro Pain Response. As a Sports Medicine physician who provided medical care to varsity athletes at the University of Ottawa, I had personally witnessed this technique performed by Dr. Petras on athletes who had sustained both acute and subacute injuries. Not only was the technique safe, it was very effective in providing significant pain relief both immediately and long term as well as providing immediate and lasting improvement in function as measured by range of motion and ability to return to play. Although the mechanisms of how this technique works are not fully understood by me, I have seen the results and they have been impressive. There is no doubt in my mind that if this technique were applied to patients with even chronic pain, there would be beneficial results. It is unfortunate that Provincial Health Plans or private health insurance coverage do not cover his services. Had they done so, we would have employed him with us a long time ago in managing the patients who present with painful injuries and dysfunction due to painful joints." Dr. Gary H. Greenberg, M.D., FRCPC, Medical Director - University of Ottawa Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Centre, N203 801 King Edward Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

"I observed Dr. Petras' work and am astounded at the immediate, effective and lasting results... he worked with many of my patients and friends for a variety of head and neck pain due to whiplash, headaches, TMJ, tic douloureux (trigeminal neuralgia) and other injuries. Each time he visits Ottawa, I have patients scheduled to see him. The patients have commented on, as I have observed, his caring and respectful attitude toward their injury and pain. I find his approach to patient care healthy and refreshing. Because he uses no drugs, manipulation or surgery I feel that his work is completely safe. Further, the results are immediate. Few alternatives are so effective. Not once in the years that I have worked closely with Dr. Petras, have I observed or heard of any adverse reaction to his technique. I have always remained the primary doctor, while Dr. Petras has been an important adjunct in helping me return these patients to normal function as quickly and safely as possible." Dr. Paul Greenacre, D.D.S. - Medical Director, TMJ/Facial Pain Clinic, McGill-1970

"... the three patients you saw have had good results with their pain control... jaw and neck, age 65... able to control the pain significantly... MJ... significant reduction in pain... chronic headaches... out of work for over a year and was ready to take early retirement. He has noted excellent response... and is going back to work tomorrow." Dr. Mary Ezzo, M.D. - Family Physician, HealthEast Clinics, Family Practitioners, Cottage Grove, MN

 

"I would like to tell you that the patient that you worked on was clearly very difficult, and from my perspective almost hostile. I was actually quite impressed with your methodology... I will continue to use your services..." Dr. Matthew Monsein, M.D. - Medical Director, Sister Kenny Institute, Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, Minneapolis, MN

 

"The patient had cholecystitis... intermittently bothering over months... When we went to her house (Guatemala City, Guatemala) the patient was in extreme pain that had been lasting over 12 hours. Following a 30 minute mental procedure (through a translator), that Dr. Petras performed on her, the patient stated the pain was completely gone... There definitely appears to be a role for PsychoNeuro Pain Response (PNPR) in some patients with chronic pain not amenable to other modalities. I would recommend Dr. Petras highly for consideration in those cases." (Pain never returned) Dr. Adam Costarella, M.D. FACEP, MAC - Emergency Medicine, Youngstown, OH

"While working side by side, I witnessed remarkable recovery in a wide range of conditions..." Dr. Paula Strait, D.O. - Family Physician, Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness Practice

"I'm impressed with the results that he has achieved. I recommend him highly." Dr. Dennis Conroy, Ph.D. - Psychologist, Police Officer, St. Paul Police, MN-Employee Assistance

"He is a pleasure to observe in action. His gentle approach with pain patients allows them to be easily relaxed and responsive to his approach... I have found Dr. Petras competent, professional, and effective in our office. He is a pleasure to have on our clinical team." Dr. Michael W. Loes, M.D. - Director, Arizona Pain Institute

 

"Female, 64 yrs... with recurrent neck and shoulder pain with frequent headaches... treated by us with manual therapy, TENS, exercise, ultrasound and acupuncture... she plateaued and no therapy to date could manage effectively her recurrent occipital headache... After 3 sessions with Dr. Petras she had pain free periods... could manage the pain more effectively, was less tired and had a happier frame of mind... Case 2 , female 43 yrs., whiplash and shoulder injury from auto accident... history of physical and mental abuse, reported frequent headaches, tight chest feeling and disturbed sleep... She saw Dr. Petras once and has reported full undisturbed sleep, no occipital headaches... Case 3, male, 52 yrs., post alcoholic, 2 severe heart attacks, aggressive personality with chronic epichondilytis of elbow... saw Dr. Petras four times... has increased ability to control mood changes... elbow pain is a lot lower. As a clinician, I have found this a very positive experience... Objectively it is hard to explain scientifically what is occurring (with Dr. Petras' work) but subjectively I have seen positive results." Lucie Blench, M.C.P.A. - Director, Owner, Physiotherapist, Movement Analysis and TreatmentCenter, Nepean, ON, Canada

 

"As athletic therapist for the Hull Olympiques, a Major Junior Hockey Team in Hull, Quebec (Canada), I have examined athletes both prior to and after the intervention. I have observed rapid recovery that I did not believe possible. In the three years that I have worked closely with Dr. Petras, I have come to the conclusion that the technique is both very safe and effective... I highly recommend..." Serge Hache - Athletic Therapist, Hull Olympiques (Canadian National Champions), Hull, Qubec, Canada

 

"Dr. Petras proved to be very effective in lessening and more often completely eliminating pain from our athletes. His work also substantially increased range of motion in many cases." David Berry, B.P.E. (Hon), Dip. S.I.M., C.A.T. (C) - Athletic Therapist, Ottawa Senators/University of Ottawa, Canada

 

"... Dr. Raymond Petras did an exceptional job in working with my cross country athletes in the areas of sports performance and injury management. His work in mental imagery, progressive relaxation, pain control and goal setting is impressive and unparalleled in some respects. Students, staff, and athletes alike have been impressed with the results of his skillful techniques and his professional and caring demeanor... his work for and with me has been that of the consummate professional as evidenced in the interviews with him, in his writings and as a presenter in my classes and before teams and professional groups." Dr. Larry Russ, B.A., D.C. - Head Coach, Mens Cross Country, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

 

"The sessions you spent individually and as a group on our athletes proved to be a great success... resulting in them returning to play in a faster, safe manner." Mick Matuszak, A.T.C. - Head Athletic Trainer, Lambuth University, TN

 

"I am a P.T. (physical therapist) who was in a lecture group you instructed. I followed along as your talked with a volunteer subject and (I) definitely have felt better with less tightness in my upper trapezius since then. Amazing!"Vi Kelm, P.T., Minneapolis, MN

 

"... I especially want to remark at how respectful you were of the patient." Diana Colardi - Program Manager, FairviewPainManagementCenter, Minneapolis, MN

 

"2002 USA Soccer Tournament in Blaine, MN. The patient, male had fractured his arm... Dr. Petras worked prior to the injection to numb fracture... During the injection the patient did not show a lot of pain... he tolerated the reduction with only minimal discomfort. Usually reductions of fractures are fairly uncomfortable for patients and they exhibit a lot of pain behavior... this patient, did not... I think it would have been a much different outcome if Dr. Petras was not available to help... another case, female athlete had sustained a hip injury and was unable to walk... she was in a lot of pain, anxious and guarded... Dr. Petras then worked with her... she got off the table and walked without pain... third case... female on back board with neck injury... hyperventilating and anxious... Dr. Petras helped reduce anxiety and pain so that we could get a better assessment. In summary, I would like to commend Dr. Ray Petras for his assistance in dealing with these athletes, helping me to better treat them in a more timely fashion, decrease their pain and anxiety, and subsequently enable them to return to play and activity with less need for medical intervention, therapies, etc. Often times these injuries can turn into more chronic problems if the anxiety and pain continues at a higher level that it need be, and so I am sure that his work helped prevent some chronic problems as well. Dr. Petras conducted himself in a very professional manner, it was easy for these patients to talk with him and the results in some cases were fairly amazing. I wish more people had the opportunity to work with him, as a lot of people have acute pain and chronic pain and his approach can accomplish things that we cannot accomplish with medications, therapy, etc." Dr. Brenda Wilcox Abraham, M.D., M.S. - Family Physician, Dept. of Family Practice, HealthPartners, Como Clinic, St. Paul, MN

 

"... We saw 540 patients during the week of the USA Cup and your efforts were strongly supportive of our goal to provide excellent care in a multidisciplinary setting. I am enclosing a letter from the mother (Nancy Shoup, RN-see below) of a patient who sustained a radial and ulnar fracture during USA Cup play. This case exemplifies the your ability to complement traditional management and allow for a successful reduction under local anesthesia. As I reviewed the visit records there were many cases where your skills in pain management allowed for a more thorough evaluation of the injury and served to improve the comfort of the patient. This, of course, is of fundamental importance in providing exemplary standard of care. Thanks once again for your efforts and I sincerely hope that the rest of the sports medicine community will integrate your approach into what ought to emerge as a standard of care." Dr. Steven R Elias M.D., Ph.D. - Medical Director, Schwan's USA Cup Soccer Tournament, National Sports Center, 1700-105th Avenue NE, Blaine, Minnesota 55449

 

"... 2002 USA TOP Soccer Tournament in Blaine, MN. The patient is a 13-year old boy... X-rays showed the evidence of a displaced fracture of his left distal radius. He had significant pain, swelling, and deformity of his distal radius... Typically, this type of fracture is treated in the emergency room with reduction of the fracture under IV sedation, as well as a local lidocaine hematoma block. In this instance, conscious sedation with intravenous medications were not available... you were able to provide adequate relaxation for this patient by your use of verbal relaxation and hypnosis techniques. Excellent relaxation was obtained and an anatomic closed reduction of the distal radius fracture was performed. The patient indicated that he had no significant pain with the procedure." Dr. Peter Parten, M.D. - Orthopedic Surgeon, Summit Orthopedics, LTD., St. Paul, MN

 

"... my son Jacob... broke his wrist, fractured radius with deformity as well as a fractured ulna. With the expert care of the physicians... as well as the assistance of sports psychologist Dr. Petras, the fracture was able to be successfully reduced under local anesthesia... They (physicians, Dr. Petras) were amazingly skilled and so kind and gentle in their approach. Being an RN, I had some knowledge as to what should transpire in the procedure but my focus was on my son. I watched Jacob's face during the procedure and he only winced once... I could not be more pleased with the care that Jacob received..." Nancy Shoup, RN, Pierre, SD

 

**Noteworthy -- Sessions performed over the telephone:
"I don't quite know where to start... I guess I will start with an update on Patty. She sailed through yesterday (cancer operation) - no pain, no problems, and a fantastic outcome... the initial report is no cancer spread and all clear margins from the lumpectomy site... Findings that were expected given our conversations with you. Patty and I both spoke with the different healthcare providers about your help and work yesterday and they seemed understandably impressed - especially seeing how well Patty did. This morning, the surgical nurse specialist called Patty for a routine follow-up and asked how Patty was doing and how the pain was - was the pain med. working adequately? To which Patty replied that she had no pain and although she took one pain pill last night, she really did not need it. This truly impressed this nurse and she commented that "we need to get him (you) here. We do attribute her remarkable experience to your help." Dr. Ward Brown, M.D., F.A.C.C., Cardiologist - Gundersen Lutheran Heart Institute, La Crosse, WI.

 

"... On November 5 of this year, I had had a fairly painful surgical procedure. Although I had Percocet for pain, it wasn't doing much good. Dr. Petras came over to my house and spent about an hour working with me to teach me to control my pain level, and by the time he finished, I had hardly any pain at all! Much to my surprise, the benefits lasted for at least the next week, and when my surgeon saw my incisions about 10 days later, she said that they looked a good two weeks more advanced in healing than they actually were... I know you are inundated with letters and calls from various therapists who are trying to get their hands on the Suns players, because that used to be one of my jobs with the medical team, handling all the offers and demands of well-intentioned people who had better answers than we did, to hear them tell it, at least! But Dr. Petras really does have something worth considering, that I think could significantly help speed injury recovery time and reduce costs of treatment. His treatment is unique in that he can conduct sessions over the phone just as effectively as in person, which means that treatments could even be provided on the team plane going to or from a game, as well as at hotels or player's homes. His methods would in no way conflict or compete with the methods you use, and would in fact complement them nicely. He has had many years experience in working with coaches, trainers, and team physicians in a wide variety of different sports. On numerous occasions, he has been able to return players to active status without the use of medications or surgery, although he can also help to speed recovery from surgery when that is indicated. Dr. Petras is also sensitive to issues concerning the "media" and he prefers to remain in the background and refer all inquiries to the trainers or physicians. He is a "team player" par excellence! I can assure you that this method is unlike anything else you have ever seen!" Marilyn C. Wells, D.O., Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Mercury physician, Medical Director-Oasis Medical Associates

 

BUSINESS

 

"Cost Benefits--PNPR was a part of St. Paul's cost-benefit evaluation of various worker's compensation initiatives implemented in 1998. As a whole (no break down available), these initiatives saved the City of St. Paul over $1,000,000.00. Injury costs per employee were reduced from $1553.00 in 1997 to $660.00 in 1998." Roger Schwagmeyer - Safety/ADA Coordinator, City of St. Paul, MN

 

"We (City of St. Paul, Risk Management Division) commissioned Dr. Petras to do a study with our employees. At first, we provided our most difficult employees who were not progressing through conventional treatment for their worker's compensation related injuries and reported chronic pain... Most left his treatment with little or no pain... after two years, most are still pain-free... I have personally attended a meeting with Dr. Petras and management representatives from Medtronic's when he worked with a young man with chronic back pain. In a matter of 15 minutes, the young man's back was gone... One of our employees had Lyme disease... her pain was completely gone after the first session with Dr. Petras." Roger Schwagmeyer - Safety/ADA Coordinator, City of St. Paul, MN

 

"I realize a couple of participants were nonbelievers... It was simply a matter of doing a demonstration, and you certainly converted the group... You were obviously the talk of the town..." Bill Claflin - Vice President, Construction Industry Division - Willis Corroon Corporation of Minnesota

 

ATHLETICS

 

Archery

 

"In just 7 minutes under your suggestion, I was able to enjoy full range of motion with my right arm, which, as you will recall, was not possible before the session. You have much to offer sports psychology, in both pain management and psychological motivation." Kitty Frazier - US Women Archer of the Year-1990, US Field Archery Champion-1989

 

"The effect this procedure had on my shoulder was amazing to me. For the whole tournament, I did not have any pain in my shoulder." (Note: Later athlete indicated that the pain never returned) Sherry Robberson - Olympic Festival, Gold Medalist ('90), USA Archery Team

 

"It is my opinion that Ray's technique is very effective and should be considered by any sports program interested in relieving sports pain without drugs." Terry LaBeau - West Team Leader - Archery, 1990 Olympic Festival

 

"You worked on the rotation of his shoulder for about 10 minutes and his pain went away. I've heard since then that the pain hasn't returned." Earl Meyers - North Team Leader - Archery, 1990 Olympic Festival

 

"... Glenn asked if you would work on his shoulder, you did and he said he felt good and had no pain... Kitty (Frazier) told me you worked with her for about 10 minutes... her range of motion was almost 100% and no shoulder pain... I believe you have something of value to offer in the way of helping to remove pain..." Ed Krushnosky - National Coach, USA Archery, 1990 Olympic Festival, East Team Leader - Archery

Barrel Racing

Baseball

Case 1-MLB Pitcher, Shoulder

During Cactus league spring training, a pitcher was referred to me by the team chiropractor. He had been in therapy for a shoulder injury, for approximately six months. He still had limited range of motion and was in a lot of pain. Using only mental techniques, in approximately 20 minutes, he was pain-free with complete range of motion.

Case 2- Runner Injures First Baseman-Rapid Return
On Wednesday, June 23, a first baseman was knocked unconscious. He received a broken wrist, a concussion with amnesia and a cut in his eyelid and brow requiring stitches. While he was fielding a throw from the third baseman, the batter ran into him. Two days after his accident, June 25, I taught the first baseman visualization techniques to eliminate his pain and speed his healing. His pain immediately decreased. On June 29, the day before his appointment with an orthopedic physician, he had another session with me.  During this session, he practiced visualization techniques to further speed his recovery.

The next day, June 30, exactly one week after his injuries, the athlete saw an orthopedic surgeon. His mother said that when the surgeon saw the X-ray, he asked if the injury was a year to one and a half years old.  When told it was one week old, he could not believe it. The following week, two weeks after the wrist was broken, the orthopedic surgeon removed the player’s cast. He indicated that he had never removed a cast earlier than six weeks before. “It was amazing,” he said.


Case 3- Pitcher and Outfielder: Wrist & Shoulder
On Saturday, February 26, I worked with two college softball players, a pitcher and an outfielder, to prepare for their spring tour. Their AD/Coach asked if I could help with the players’ injuries. Both, under the care of the team trainer, had shoulder injuries with a lot of accompanying pain. The pitcher also had a painful wrist injury. After the initial session, which lasted approximately one hour each, neither experienced any pain. The trainer was amazed and pleased. Upon follow-up (four days later), neither felt any pain since the initial session. On Monday, February 28 the pitcher was strong, confident and able to pitch and do push-ups without any pain. By the way, the sessions were over the phone.

Basketball

 

"Our players found Dr. Petras' techniques to be quite helpful in terms of managing pain and in some cases eliminating pain altogether. Their performance on the court improved. In addition, their recovery times during their injuries was accelerated greatly." Jack Eisenmann - Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

"Our starting Post player (Daniell Larose - see below) who had been injured for an entire year with a stress fracture in her foot. She had been having continued pain even though the injured area had healed and the sports medicine doctors on our staff were predicting a continued 2-3 month layoff. Dr. Petras" intervention resulted in an immediate full return to training at 100% capacity and the pain never returned. I found Dr. Petras' approach with the athletes to be very polite, nonaggressive, and low key. He did not attempt to integrate into the team and was never a distraction. His work was a tremendous asset to our program... Dr. Petras is a very likable individual who has a genuine interest in helping athletes manage their pain. His work is innovative, interesting and most of all effective." Wanda Pilon - Head Basketball Coach - Women, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

"I had sat out all last season due to a stress fracture... I was still experiencing pain... after our first session, I never experienced the sharp pain again... I worked with Dr. Petras for a sternoclavicular sprain and CMP syndrome in both knees... after two days, I had no more knee pain an the sprain seemed to heal within one week." Danielle Larose - Basketball Player, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Bobsleigh

To Olympic, Elite, Professional Athletes & Others

     I highly recommend Dr. Raymond Petras for elite, professional or regular athletes and non-athletes, for that matter, who wnat to improve their performance or safely reduce or eliminate their pain and improve their range-of-motion using quick and effective noninvasive, drugless techniques.

     In about 10 minutes, after months of having limited motion in my left shoulder and working with many therapists, using Dr. Petras' mental techniques, in one session, I was able to. permanently, gain range-of-motion, in my left shoulder.  The next session, I was able to increase my strenght and decrease my pain by using similar techniques.

     I have worked with many sport psychologists and have found their methods to be outdated and ineffective with me.  Dr. Petras' performance enhancing techniques, however, are unique, easily understood, learned and implemented and have helped me tremendously.  Gea Johnson, 2002 US Olympic Bobsleigh Team, 1989-1993 Ranked 2nd in US Heptathlon, 1998-1999 1st 63K Weight Lifting, 1998 1st World Weight Lifting Team Trials

Bulldogging

Athlete had shoulder pain as well as performance issues. Both were resolved.

Cross Country

This is to inform you that Dr. Raymond Petras did an exceptional job in working with my cross country athletes in the areas of sports performance and injury management.

His work in mental imagery, progressive relaxation, pain control and goal setting is impressive and unparalleled in some respects. Students, staff, and athletes alike have been impressed with the results of his skillful techniques and his professional and caring demeanor.

In conclusion, I can state unequivocally that his work for and with me has been that of the consummate professional as evidenced in the interviews with him, in his writings and as a presenter in my classes and before teams and professional groups. Larry Russ, BA, DC, Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, Men’s Head Cross Country,Track & Field Coach


Equestrian

Dr. Petras has worked with outstanding, ranked equestrian athletes for excellence in various rodeo events, including goat tying, barrel racing and steer wresting (bulldogging).

Football

 

"... it was amazing and dramatic to see how effective and immediate the results were. Perhaps the best way to describe our experience is to quote one of the players who was treated. He said, 'It is like a miracle.'" John Gagliardi - Head Football Coach (Winningest Football Coach in History), Saint John'sUniversity, Collegeville, MN

 

"Dr. Petras' two biggest contributions involved Gary Trettel, a junior running back, and Steve Muetzel, a junior quarterback. As a sophomore Gary had been a very average performer. Gary started for us the last half of the season but was very average... This season Gary broke 12 school records and the conference rushing record. Steve was a very average quarterback his sophomore year. As a freshman he only played J.V. and as a high school senior he was second team. Dr. Petras worked with Steve on confidence and assertiveness. This season Steve tied the school record for most TD passes in a game, and he moved to sixth place in career total offense and sixth place in career passing offense. The most astonishing thing Dr. Petras did was work with pain control... We had a quarterback [Steve Metzel, at St. Thomas] who injured his shoulder and couldnt lift his arm. We sent Steve to one or two orthopedic doctors and our training room was treating him with conventional methods. Dr. Petras worked with him for an hour or so on Thursday. On Saturday, he threw five touchdowns with his throwing arm. The injury never recurred. The same happened prior to the eighth game of the '94 season when Lambuth was two wins away from a conference crown and national playoffs. We had an all-America tight end [Justin Taylor] who was on crutches and unable to put weight on his ankle. We had him X-rayed by an orthopedic doctor who said he wouldn't be able to play. Then I called Dr. Petras and asked him if he ever worked with someone over the phone. He said he worked with Canadian ice hockey players before... We put Justin in an office and Dr. Petras worked with him for 40 minutes over the phone. Taylor came out of the room carrying his crutches and the pain was gone. He played on Saturday. We went on to win the conference and we went on to the national playoffs. His pain never returned. Our university president saw what Dr. Petras had done for Taylor... He actually bought a ticket and flew Dr. Petras to Tennessee to work with more football players and other athletes - about 30 total... I'd say in the experience Ive had working with him with my athletes since 1989, it significantly helped 80 percent... Dr. Petras worked on my son who was a high school senior. It was the day of an important game, and Mark was not supposed to be able to play because of a hip flexor injury. Dr. Petras removed the pain, Mark started on both offense and defense, had a pass interception and punted for a 40-yard average." Vic Wallace - Head Football Coach, University of St. Thomas, MN, Lambuth University, Jackson, TN


 Matt Blair - "As you may know, I was a Pro Bowl Linebacker and played with the Minnesota Vikings, NFL, for twelve years. During my career I sustained an injury to my left knee which required surgery. When I met Dr. Petras, my good (right) knee, was hurting me and I was concerned. After a friendly game of golf, Craig (Master PGA golfer), Dr. Petras and our guests sat down for a brief presentation and demonstration of his Talking Away Pain (TAP) technique. It was amazing. In 15-20 minutes, I was without any pain in my right knee. That was June 5th. I have played a lot of golf and been very active this Summer and I am still pain free. I feel that Dr. Petras has something that could be of great benefit to professional athletes or anyone in pain for that matter." Matt Blair - NFL Pro Bowl Linebacker - Minnesota Vikings, President - Matt Blair's Celebrity Promotions, Edina, MN

 

"Dr. Petras worked on a helmet injury to my forearm and a slight groin pull I had during the Macalester game. In just one series of downs, on the sideline, he had my pain gone and my strength back to almost 100%. Amazing, just by using my mind. I also feel that Dr. Petras has improved me 100% on my mental preparation this year." Gary Trettel - Kodak All American Football-1990, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

 

"I must say I am amazed at the effectiveness and the immediacy of your technique. I have been told that athletes who had been unable to compete, walked out of your session and competed a full speed... thank you for contributing to our conference championship and NAIA Final Four finish by our football team." Dr. Thomas F. Boyd, President, LambuthUniversity, Jackson, TN

 

"I turned my ankle over... sharp, bursts of pain would occur frequently... I continued to go to physiotherapy... I saw Dr. Petras for about 45 minutes and after the session I had no pain. I was able to do any type of physical activity including bounding off the previously injured ankle." Randy McPhee - Football Player, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Goat Tying

Golf

 

"... I have a fused vertebrae in my low back and a partially fused vertebrae in my neck. My neck always gives me problems after only a few holes. On January 12, 1999, Dr. Petras, in connection with the PGA, gave a seminar to Minnesota Golf Professionals on "The Mind-Body Approach for Enhanced Golfer Performance/Playing Pain Free". As I was the host of the seminar, Dr. Petras asked me to participate as his test subject. I'm happy he did. In a very short time using his method of "Talking Away Pain", my mobility increased by 20% in my neck, without pain. It truly was amazing. Having dealt with this problem for years and to have it improve drastically, almost immediately, was incredible. Every day I use Dr. Petras' simple steps and I continue to play pain free." Rick Sitek - PGA Golf Professional/Manager, Dwan GC, Bloomington, MN

 

"... I had an injury that sidelined me from competitive golf for months and am still in the recovery and rehabilitation mode. Your techniques work! My rehabilitation has accelerated at a tremendous rate thanks to you." Craig Waryan - PGA Master Professional, Troy Burne GC, Hudson, WI

 

"... my one session with you was a turning point in my game... your technique for focusing was very effective."Kris Gentile - OhioState Golf Team, Columbus, OH

 

Gymnastics

 

"... Becky competed at the first gymnastics qualifier meet of this year and won fifth place on the beam... 15 months ago she shattered her ankle dismounting... she was preparing to complete again but needed the coach's physical help to dismount... After her second session with you, she was able to do a basic dismount with minimal spotting... after the final session, was doing the dismount on her own! (Her coach noticed that her limb was disappearing...)" Diane Pietrs, Parent, Gymnastics

Horse Showing

Hockey

 

"... Your pain management work has a ton of implications and obvious applications. I predict you'll be hearing again from myself and those with whom I speak about your work." E. J. McGuire - Coach Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Hockey

" A Major factor in our winning the Championship, was Dr. Ray Petras... Just before the playoffs, Dr. Petras worked with our injured athletes to relieve their pain and speed their healing. Many of these athletes were not expected to play because of their injuries. Not only did they play, but they played superbly. Dr. Petras worked closely with our doctors and trainer... when we got into a slump, we flew in Dr. Petras and in less that a week, he was able to help us get back on track... I am impressed with Dr. Petras' expertise... He is likable, knows his role, is low key and was never a distraction. He has been a tremendous asset to my athletes, coaches and me. I highly recommend..." Robert Mongrain - Head Coach, NHL - former player, Hull Olympics (Canadian National Champions), Hull, Qubec, Canada

 

"For the past three year, we have employed Dr. Petras to work with our hockey players for performance enhancement and pain management... our players returned to play more quickly than with standard physiotherapy methods alone. Our athletic therapist, Serge Hach, was amazed by the immediate recovery. I highly recommend..." Charles Henry - Governor, Hull Olympiques (Canadian National Champions), Hull, Qubec, Canada

 

"Dr. Petras was a major factor in the success of the team (Division champions, Canadian rank - five)... with his special pain management technique players were able to control their pain and play... In cases such as dislocations, he was able to expedite the healing process. Injuries that normally took four to five weeks, would take half the time... Dr. Petras always worked in conjunction with our team doctor and athletic therapist... Our captain had a cruciate ligament operation and with Dr. Petras' help was back in half the time it would normally take... we had six players injured... he flew out and within a couple of days, under the supervision of our doctor, five of the players were ready to play... I can't help but feel that Dr. Petras would make a strong contribution to your team's success. When Dr. Petras reduces the time lost due to an injury, the player and the team both benefit. It's a win, win combination." Michel Goulet - Head Hockey Coach, OUAA East Division Coach of the Year, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

"Dr. Ray Petras has shown what an impact, he can have on a team. The 2002-3 University of Ottawa hockey team had a number of injuries throughout the season. Before playoffs, there were five players injured and out of the lineup. By playoff time, Dr. Petras was able to help all the players' back by reducing their recovery time and eliminating their pain. After he worked with them, they returned to our trainers and doctors who okayed them for play." Mickey Goulet - Head Hockey Coach, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

"... Dr. Petras not only helped me with my injuries but he also helped my play by improving my concentration and in developing a pregame routine... injury to muscle above the knee... pain disappeared... two other injuries... ligaments in knee slightly stretched and torn and bruised hip... pain did not disappear instantaneously. However, Dr. Petras did help in alleviating the pain... These two injuries were healed more quickly than expected." Alain Tardif - Canadian All Star - Hockey, Co-captain - 1st year player, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

Kickboxing

"I'm ranked number two welterweight in Canada... diagnosed with stress fractures in both feet... I saw Dr. Petras once for my pain therapy... I then trained for three days for the Canadian Title and didn't experience any pain... Although I lost on a decision, I didn't experience any pain that day. On that day I gave it my all and threw hard kicks." Troy Libbus - Kickboxer, Number Two Ranked Welterweight Canada

Rodeo

Barrel Racing
Goat Tying
Horse Showing
Steer Wrestling
(Bulldogging)

Skiing

"Dr. Petras. Thank you for showing me what I'm capable of doing." Kristina Koznick - Olympian, USA Alpine Ski Team, 1998, Nagano, Japan, 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah - Slalom skiing

"...in a matter of 2 or 3 minutes with your guidance, I was able to alter the amount of pain I was receiving from my chronic knee condition. The remarkable thing is that I am still having the same success today with the 'absent' pain as I did at our first meeting... I never realized the role that my 'fear-of-pain' played in the actual pain I was feeling... Also, I would like to express the positive reaction from the team members who attended our evening with you focusing on the benefits of psychology in sport. It was a hit! Many kids, as well as their parents, approached me on the subject long after your visit." Tony Olin - Head Coach, Buck Hill Ski Team (a former coach of Olympian Koznick), Burnsville, MN

Soccer (Medical Team- Schwan's USA Soccer Cup)

"2002 USA Soccer Tournament in Blaine, MN. The patient, male had fractured his arm... Dr. Petras worked prior to the injection to numb fracture... During the injection the patient did not show a lot of pain... he tolerated the reduction with only minimal discomfort. Usually reductions of fractures are fairly uncomfortable for patients and they exhibit a lot of pain behavior... this patient, did not... I think it would have been a much different outcome if Dr. Petras was not available to help... another case, female athlete had sustained a hip injury and was unable to walk... she was in a lot of pain, anxious and guarded... Dr. Petras then worked with her... she got off the table and walked without pain... third case... female on back board with neck injury... hyperventilating and anxious... Dr. Petras helped reduce anxiety and pain so that we could get a better assessment. In summary, I would like to commend Dr. Ray Petras for his assistance in dealing with these athletes, helping me to better treat them in a more timely fashion, decrease their pain and anxiety, and subsequently enable them to return to play and activity with less need for medical intervention, therapies, etc. Often times these injuries can turn into more chronic problems if the anxiety and pain continues at a higher level that it need be, and so I am sure that his work helped prevent some chronic problems as well. Dr. Petras conducted himself in a very professional manner, it was easy for these patients to talk with him and the results in some cases were fairly amazing. I wish more people had the opportunity to work with him, as a lot of people have acute pain and chronic pain and his approach can accomplish things that we cannot accomplish with medications, therapy, etc." Dr. Brenda Wilcox Abraham, M.D., M.S. - Family Physician, Dept. of Family Practice, HealthPartners, Como Clinic, St. Paul, MN
 

"... We saw 540 patients during the week of the USA Cup and your efforts were strongly supportive of our goal to provide excellent care in a multidisciplinary setting. I am enclosing a letter from the mother (Nancy Shoup, RN-see below) of a patient who sustained a radial and ulnar fracture during USA Cup play. This case exemplifies the your ability to complement traditional management and allow for a successful reduction under local anesthesia. As I reviewed the visit records there were many cases where your skills in pain management allowed for a more thorough evaluation of the injury and served to improve the comfort of the patient. This, of course, is of fundamental importance in providing exemplary standard of care. Thanks once again for your efforts and I sincerely hope that the rest of the sports medicine community will integrate your approach into what ought to emerge as a standard of care." Dr. Steven R Elias M.D., Ph.D. - Medical Director, Schwan's USA Cup Soccer Tournament, National Sports Center, 1700-105th Avenue NE, Blaine, Minnesota 55449

 
"... 2002 USA TOP Soccer Tournament in Blaine, MN. The patient is a 13-year old boy... X-rays showed the evidence of a displaced fracture of his left distal radius. He had significant pain, swelling, and deformity of his distal radius... Typically, this type of fracture is treated in the emergency room with reduction of the fracture under IV sedation, as well as a local lidocaine hematoma block. In this instance, conscious sedation with intravenous medications were not available... you were able to provide adequate relaxation for this patient by your use of verbal relaxation and hypnosis techniques. Excellent relaxation was obtained and an anatomic closed reduction of the distal radius fracture was performed. The patient indicated that he had no significant pain with the procedure." Dr. Peter Parten, M.D. - Orthopedic Surgeon, Summit Orthopedics, LTD., St. Paul, MN


"... my son Jacob... broke his wrist, fractured radius with deformity as well as a fractured ulna. With the expert care of the physicians... as well as the assistance of sports psychologist Dr. Petras, the fracture was able to be successfully reduced under local anesthesia... They (physicians, Dr. Petras) were amazingly skilled and so kind and gentle in their approach. Being an RN, I had some knowledge as to what should transpire in the procedure but my focus was on my son. I watched Jacob's face during the procedure and he only winced once... I could not be more pleased with the care that Jacob received..." Nancy Shoup, RN, Pierre, SD

Softball

Case 1 & 2- Pitcher and Outfielder: Wrist & Shoulder

On Saturday (2/26/11), I worked with two college softball players, a pitcher and an outfielder, to prepare for their spring tour. Their AD/Coach asked if I could help with the players’ injuries. Both, under the care of the team trainer, had shoulder injuries with a lot of accompanying pain. The pitcher also had a painful wrist injury. After the initial session, which lasted approximately one hour each, neither experienced any pain. The trainer was amazed and pleased. Upon follow-up (four days later), neither felt any pain since the initial session. On Monday (2/28/11), the pitcher was strong, confident and able to pitch and do push-ups without any pain. By the way, the sessions were over the phone.

Speed Skating

 

" I was very pleased that Dr. Petras was willing to put in extra time and effort to get the best results... I was pleased that Dr. Petras taught the skaters to solve problems themselves and not to become dependent upon him... A unique aspect of Dr. Petras' work is a pain relief technique that he uses to "Talk Away Pain." During one group, sport psychology session, he demonstrated this technique on a female skater with knee pain. In just a few minutes, her pain was totally gone. Dr. Petras also worked with a male skater, during an individual session, for hip pain. Again, in a few minutes, the pain was gone. I spoke with both skaters in the days following and for up to a month. The pain never returned. The possibilities for this type of treatment are... I am happy to recommend Dr. Petras' services in the areas of performance enhancement (sport psychology) and pain management to coaches, teams, and athletes for both group and individual sessions." Bart Schouten - Olympic Coach, 2002 Olympics/USA National Speed Skating Coach

Steer Wrestling (Bulldogging)

Swimming

 

"You enabled me to relax and have more confidence when I swim. Before I came to you my times haven't had any improvement for about two years... After two sessions with you it helped me achieve three personal best times and make state qualifying standards which I couldn't do two weeks before I saw you." David Villanfana - Olympic hopeful, Swimmer, St. Paul, MN

 

"I had shin splints and back pain from diving. In one session Dr. Petras got rid of my pains. He worked on my shin splints and amazingly my back pain went away also." Terry Starr - Diver - Nationally ranked, #1 in age group, Cleveland, OH

Track & Field

Using Mind Over Matter - Military Fitness - Military.com
"When I tell an athlete that they can adjust their pain level by using mental techniques, they're amazed," says Raymond J. Petras, Ph. D.

"I want to thank you for all your time in helping me prepare for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. The various techniques of visualization and relaxation helped me to focus and gave me a quiet confidence I needed to perform at my very best. My only regret is that I did not meet you earlier in my career. I think it is essential for athletes, especially young athletes, to develop their mental strength as well as their physical strength. It is a guaranteed edge in today's competitive world of athletics." Ron Backes - Olympian, 1992, Shot put, Barcelona, Spain

 

"Thanks so much for a great presentation. Marja the Finn ran with little to no pain yesterday. Cool!!!!!!!!!" Coach Wilson - Head Track Coach, University of Minnesota, Women's X-Ctry

 

"Before I started working with Dr. Petras, I had recurring pain in my hamstring. Doctors, Physical Therapists and Coaches worked with me to resolve the problem. All had varying degrees of success. After the first session with Dr. Petras' pain management technique, I found that my pain had disappeared. That was nice, but I really didn't think it would last, as it had come and gone before. Now, it has been over a year and I can honestly say that the pain has never come back. That's terrific!" Mary Howell - USA National Team, USA Track & Field, Board Member, Race Walking

 

"I always believed that I had all the answers for my athletes, but suddenly I found I was helpless in dealing with an athlete's problem (athlete was passing out during races). I never really believed in sport psychologists. Dr. Petras changed that. Dr. Petras successfully treated the problem... Michele (see below) placed well in the regional and national events... enabling the team to place sixth in the nation. I have total confidence in Dr. Petras and recommend that others utilize his skills to help maximize performance." Joe Sweeney - Head Coach, Women's Cross Country, University of St. Thomas, MN

 

"I am a 22 year old cross country runner who had been having problems passing out during my races... we worked on visualization and self-talk... The results were amazing... I ran my best time on this particular course, helping my team to a NCAA Central Region victory." (The next week she helped her team place sixth in the nation; runner-up 3000m NCAA Division III Championships) Michelle Auger - Cross Country, GTE Academic All-America

"... but I never thought I would take away as much from your speech as I did. The visualizing and concentration exercise really helped me to clear my head. I have tried it several times since and every time I am able to clear my head and really think straight. Then you told me you were going to erase the pain from my stress fracture in my left tibia, and I thought to myself "He is nuts." At first I visualized my pain on a thermometer at 20. But with concentration was able to lower it to 5 and then to 0. When we ended I was surprised to see I had no pain or soreness in the part of my leg that was fractured. I thought it was just a momentary relief but to my surprise when I got up (in the morning) there was still no pain. Even more surprising to me was the fact that I've had no pain in that area of my leg since. The one-hour you spent talking to my team and the ten minutes you spent working with me helped lead me to getting my cast off two weeks early and allowed me to start training sooner than I would have otherwise. I never though it was possible to completely get rid of pain solely by visualizing that it was gone. I intend on continuing to use the visualization techniques you taught me to help over come stressful times and painful injuries." William Duckworth - Cross Country athlete, Ursuline High School, Yo., OH

Volleyball
University of Minnesota-concussion, performance
University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada-injury, performance

Weight Lifting

"Trevor is lifting near pre-injury weights now and it is pain free which thrills him..." Dick Cockerill, D.C.

 

Clients

 

"Dr. Petras was an enormous help to me at a very important moment in my life. He helped alleviate the pain caused by a crippling accident, and perhaps more importantly, helped me gain the proper mental attitude necessary to allow my body to help heal itself." Jack Willis - President & CEO, Twin Cities Public Television

 

"The last two years, I've suffered from a pain in my knees. I couldn't bend down without pain... After the 'treatment' (about 15-20 minutes), I was able to bend my knees... a wonderful feeling." Sven Pettersson - Mental Trainer, Sweden

 

"I had been suffering from neck pain and limited range of motion for several months prior to this conference. On my drive to the conference, I was having particular difficulty turning my head to check for traffic while driving. After Dr. Petras worked on me, I not only felt no neck pain, but I was able to freely turn my head on the drive home." ('Sue Johnston told me you changed her life forever' (she was at the conference last year with the neck problem) - no more pain! Great!!!" -MLinnihan, Director- Metro Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program/Minnesota <melinnihan@earthlink.net> Wed, 19 Apr 2000 14:15:26 -0400 (EDT)) Sue Johnson, MSW, LICSW, St. Paul, MN

 

"I want to thank you for the relief you have given me with my foot pain... You asked for a volunteer (at CISM Conference) who was suffering from pain and could not find relief. Using your technique, I am glad to say I am no longer suffering from the severe pain I had in my left foot. I am now able to walk in the morning and complete workouts pain free." Renee Meuwissen - Police Officer, Hopkins Police Dept., MN

 

"Dr. Petras demonstrated on Frank and told the rest of us to follow along. After approximately ten minutes, Frank's back pain was totally gone and the pain in his neck was negligible. I, myself, experienced a reduction in pain and improved to full range of motion, just watching... Since the demonstration, over two and half months ago, I have been able to turn my head around and look back as I drive out of my driveway. This had not been possible since my auto accident two years ago. Frank reports no pain." James Wagner - Business Manager, IBEW Local Union 110, St. Paul, MN

 

"I need to testify that in about 20 minutes on Thursday, Sept. 4 (1997), I was talked out of my pain by Dr. Petras. My pain was from a broken toe certified broken by x-ray at Smiley's Clinic. Friday, Sept. 5, I rock 'n rolled danced on a concrete floor for nearly four hours without pain connected to that broken toe. I still felt the bruise/blister on the bottom and the end of the toenail but that is all. The greatest benefit, however, is that I no longer contorted the rest of my lower body to relieve the pain." James Livingston, (Age-mid 60's),Minneapolis, MN

 

"I was in a car accident in mid-January. I'm not a hospital type person and do not like taking muscle relaxers just to cover up the pain I was having in my back. Dr. Petras was able to help me control and manage the pain everyday, not to hide it and pretend it is not there. His techniques I use everyday in any situation." Audrey Gonzales, Auto Accident victim

 

"I've suffered from chronic knee pain for 10-12 years... I received different diagnosis... taken anti-inflammatories for the last 6-7 years...Since the one session with you, my knees have bothered me only twice. On both occasions I was able to get rid of the pain by rerunning our session through my mind... I am ever so grateful." Angeline Poirier - Student, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

"I want to thank you again for helping me with the pain in my neck and shoulders... It as so persistent and so painful that I was starting to feel other pains... I had been to a doctor, a chiropractor (whose treatment made it worse!), and even a rolfer, but nothing helped... Your treatment had almost immediate effect. The next day I was able to move my head around freely... Thank you so much for your treatment." Gail Duke - Writer

"I just wanted to thank you for teaching me the technique to deal with my chronic pain. I feel that your technique has been very beneficial for me and hopefully others will benefit from it. The tape you made for me has been very helpful and I listen to it frequently." (Steve's doctor reported to John Brandtjen [worker's comp. manager] that Steve reports no pain - Roger Schwagmeyer, Risk Mgt. City of St. Paul, MN) Stephen Schwietz - Fireman, Department of Fire and Safety Services, City of St. Paul, MN

 

"My father experienced more progress after two sessions with you than he had in the previous, four years since his tragedy (stroke). This means the world to him. He couldn't wait to tell me, 'I can walk without my cane! I can walk without my brace!'" ... Thank you for the priceless present... Leslie Chain - Film Producer

 

"... I was tested for Lyme disease in 1988... and finally diagnosed in 1991... I was told about Dr. Petras... and was skeptical... His method of treatment did not require my body to accept any type of medication or vitamins. I felt it was my answer... The first session... I was pain free for the first time in many years... for the first time in a long time I felt I was in control rather than the disease... Each session brought me closer to my normal self. My energy level was coming back... I am healthier now than I have been in a long time and I can thank Dr. Petras for that." Jan Bunde - City of St. Paul, MN Risk Management, Retired

 

"... the day it met Dr. Petras, I injured my hand and was in considerable pain (I thought it was broken although I did not have an x-ray). My horse had slammed his head against my hand while I was in the saddle... The session, on the backside, took about 10 minutes. Instead of trying to block out my pain though, Dr. Petras showed me how to use my mind to have the pain go away if it was healthy for me to have it happen. Amazingly, the pain left and never returned. His technique was quick and effective. I highly recommend..." Wendy Ohnstad, Horse Trainer (former nurse, jockey)

 

"... I was chosen to help with the demonstration out of about 20 people. I along with quite a few others in the room-noticed a change in their pain. I was amazed!" Eleanor Cicerelli, Participant in Demonstration on Instantaneous Healing (3/29/03), Glendale, AZ

 

Dr. Raymond J. Petras, B.E., M.A., Ph.D.
Sports Performance & Injury/Pain Management Expert
P.O. Box 5295
Scottsdale, AZ   85261-5295
1.888.447.1429
drpetras@reliefforyou.com
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