My approach to overcoming pain uniquely blends the science of pain with a coaching model. Having identified the type of pain and the influences upon pain, we start a full programme of treatment, training and pain coaching.
Treatment — a range of pain relieving techniques that target the biology of pain including joint mobilisation and massage.
Training & rehabilitation — specific exercises, movements and sensorimotor training that you are taught to do at home, work or in the gym.
Pain coaching — unique to this programme, these are a range of techniques that optimise your training and treatment, and give you the understanding and skills that you need to overcome your pain. Pain knowledge is a vital first step but you also need to know how to apply this knowledge. This is the pain coaching dimension, and you learn to become your own coach.
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Treatment | Training | Rehabilitation | Pain Coaching
The treatment process is proactive so that you can reach your goals successfully. It involves learning, understanding, practice, dedication, commitment and courage, and I am here to help.
The strategies and techniques use the latest neurosciences. I consider you as a unique individual, how your problem is emerging and what factors are influencing and maintaining the pain. From there we can construct and deliver a programme that fits your needs.
The treatments, strategies & training include:
Pain education & training - to beat pain and gain control you must understand it and know how to apply your knowledge (the pain coach).
Mobilisation & massage techniques – for pain relief, to reduce stiffness, ease movement and gain a good sense of your body; all important in the recovery process
Specific exercises - to mobilise tight & stiff body regions, to develop normal control of movement.
General exercise – to progressively build up your tolerance and confidence for daily activities and your chosen exercises & sports
Graded exposure & pacing – there are often particular activities that are challenging, painful and sometimes avoided for fear of causing damage or harm. With new knowledge of pain and confidence to move we can gradually re-engage with these activities. Pacing means that we set a baseline and work towards your goals.
Brain focused strategies – modern neuroscience has delivered us new ways of approaching pain though our understanding of the brain when we are in pain, in particular chronic or persisting pain. We can target the adaptations and changes that have been found via particular types of sensory and motor training. For example, the graded motor imagery programme and tactile discrimination training.
Mindfulness & focused attention training – to gain control over your attention and emotional regulation; there has been a spotlight placed upon these techniques in recent years due to their effectiveness in stress and pain. We teach and practice mindfulness and other cognitive methods as a way of reducing the emotional aspects of pain, to directly tackle stress and to optimise performance. Click here for an example of one of the mindfulness techniques.
Imagery & visualisation – motor imagery is used as part of the graded motor imagery programme and as a stand alone brain focused training. When we think about movement, the same areas of the brain are active as when we actually move. Using this physiology within the cortical network allows us to re-train normal movement (how the brain plans and then executes precise and well controlled actions) at the early stages of rehabilitation. Visualisation is a way of changing the body physiology in a positive manner thereby benefiting the physical self, mood and creating a positive context for rehabilitation.
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The resources on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Users seeking information about pain should consult with a qualified healthcare professional.