The Pain Service explained

Is your pain taking over important areas of your life?

Do you tend to ignore the pain or get on with it to be able to get things done?

Since your pain started, do you feel trapped and don't know where to begin to get your life back?

Do you often feel on edge, tense or stressed because of pain?

Would you like to increase your fitness levels but you're worried to get  more pain?

If the answer to one of these questions is YES, this is the right place for you! 

The Pain Management approach I offer is evidence-based and it will help you to learn effective ways to manage your symptoms and gain again control over your life. You will also gain a better understanding of your "own physiology", body signals and psychological responses, and from that increased awareness, you will learn how to take care of those responses in a totally new and refreshing way. 

Throughout our work, I will guide you to look at your pain experience from a mind-body lens, taking into account your body, mind (i.e. unhelpful thoughts and difficult emotions), your personal history, values and dreams.

 

The style of the sessions will be mostly experiential (through a mixture of bodywork, cognitive and behavioural exercises that I like to call “little experiments”) and tailored to your personal needs and goals.

 

During the sessions, I will guide you towards:

  • Understanding what persistent pain is and the physiological link between pain and stress 

  • Self-management skills (e.g. learn to observe your body signals, self-regulation techniques, activity pacing)

  • Approaching to your body and painful body parts in a more gentle way

  • Simple movements and exercises to gain strength and flexibility (if needed)

  • Re-focussing and working towards your values, personal goals and activities that matter to you

  • Managing barriers that may occur along the way (physical, psychological and social)

Am I suitable for this approach?

The ACT Model

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT is a behavioral model used in many Pain Management programmes in the UK. The aim of ACT is to increase one’s ability for mindful, values-guided action, to maximize their potential for a rich and meaningful life while handling the pain that inevitably comes with it. ACT teaches mindfulness and self-regulation techniques to handle difficult body sensations, personal internal experiences (e.g. difficult repetitive thoughts and memories, and emotions such as shame or anger) and develop self-compassion and flexibility while engaging in meaningful activities. ACT helps clarify our values and use it as a guide to inspire us to do things that matter to us.  You can find more information about this model on https://contextualscience.org/act_for_the_public.

From my clinical experience I have learned that the ACT model works really well with people experiencing persistent pain and fatigue.

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If you are experiencing long-term pain and/or chronic fatigue that is affecting your ability to have a full life, you might find this approach helpful. Our work will aim to ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life by gaining more sense of control on what you can do to manage your pain, modifying your response to pain, approaching movements or activities in a more flexible way, getting to know your body's needs and getting back to what you love doing.

 

Example of pain conditions are:

  • Widespread pain

  • Fibromyalgia syndrome

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Phantom Limb Pain

  • Neuropathic pain

  • Persistent post-surgical pain

  • Persistent post-traumatic pain

  • Persistent headaches

  • Persistent orofacial pain

  • Visceral pain

  • Any persistent musculoskeletal pain including non-specific low back pain and neck pain

 

Equally, if you experience high levels of stress that give you body-related symptoms such as muscle tension, constant tiredness or difficulty with sleep this approach may be suitable too.

In both cases, please contact me using the function "Contact" and I will be happy to answer your questions and clarify your doubts.