About Specialist Pain Physio Clinics

The Specialist Pain Physio Clinics were started in London and Surrey by Richmond Stace to provide modern and innovative physiotherapy for chronic pain and injury, complex conditions and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).

A refreshing approach

Taking physiotherapy to a higher level

Our physiotherapy treatment and proactive training programmes are based upon the latest sciences and understanding of pain. The biopsychosocial approach is the contemporary way of addressing enduring pain, considering the biology, psychology and social impact.

Why do people choose Specialist Pain Physio?

We focus exclusively on conditions and problems that persist or recur. It maybe an on-going back or neck pain, a sports injury that keeps coming back or a chronic condition like arthritis. It may also be an unusual condition or pain that continues despite the fact that investigations reveal no tissue damage or basis for the symptoms. You could have seen consultants and other health professionals already.

We provide a patient journey that includes a detailed assessment, a full explanation of the pain and the problems, and a bespoke treatment and training programme.

The treatment techniques and proactive strategies target the pain mechanism(s) and the influences upon the pain such as stress, anxiety and general health factors. We show you how to obtain the most out of your training and support you fully through the process and beyond.

Pain is complex

We know that the experience of pain is complex. One of the Fathers of modern pain medicine, Pat Wall, stated that ‘it is almost impossible to replace widely accepted medical dogmas, especially where the paradigm being challenged has to be replaced with a more complicated one!’ (Thacker & Gifford, 2002). Here at Specialist Pain Physio this is exactly what we have done. By constantly challenging our understanding of pain with the newest science we can offer up-to-date, wise, science-based, integrative, holistic and innovative treatment.

Our influences

Over the years there have been a number of individuals who have had a significant impact on the way in which we work. This has been through education, research and writings on pain and health. It is through the integration of their work with basic sciences and original thought that the treatment programmes have evolved and continue to be updated as knew knowledge comes to light. In no particular order they include Mick Thacker, Lorimer Moseley, Pat Wall, Ron Melzack, Herta Flor, Clifford Woolf, Jon Kabat Zinn, Thich Nhat Hahn and others who contribute to the understanding of pain, stress and health across the dimensions of brain, body and mind.

Richmond Stace MCSP MSc (Pain) BSc (Hons)

Richmond Stace

Richmond is a Chartered Physiotherapist and registered with the Health Professions Council. Originally training as a Registered General Nurse, Richmond developed an interest in pain whilst observing the varying responses in recovery after operations. Richmond continued to train as a physiotherapist and has a further degree in Sport Rehabilitation and a Masters Degree in Pain Science. His passion is providing the latest in treatment for chronic and complex pain and seeing people relieved of symptoms, develop healthy habits and change so that they may lead normal and fulfilling lives once more.

Richmond is on the editorial team for the Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA), a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), The Royal Society of Medicine and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

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