Pain Management

When we experience pain, it is natural to turn to painkillers in the first instance. But how effective is pain relief if it is used long term; what are the side effects, and what other options are there for us to help manage the pain?

If we experience long term (chronic) pain, there are things we can do for ourselves to help to reduce the impact of the pain. These include some of our lifestyle choices, improving sleep, changing our movement patterns, adjusting our relationship with the pain (that might sound odd but changing how we feel about the pain can often dampen the effects of it).

What we eat can also affect inflammation, certain food groups can increase it and certain food groups can dampen the pain.

Nerve reflexology is also considered to be beneficial in dampening down the pain response. Having been taught nerve reflexology by Dr Carol Samuel, the first person in the world to gain a PhD in Reflexology and Pain Management, I can include it in a pain management programme for you.

At Dancing in the Rain, I offer a six week pain management programme, to help you explore options to help you manage your pain. The programme starts with a detailed look at what might be contributing to your pain. We can then develop a plan on how to best support you. Each session will include a session of reflexology and time to discuss opportunities for small lifestyle changes.

If you would like to know more about the research and people that have informedmy approach to pain management, please explore the links below and/or get in touch on 07717 393805. If I can't take the call, please leave a message and I'll call you back as soon as I can.

If you would like to purchase the pain management programme, please use the link at the bottom of this page.

links

  • Prof Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist investigating pain in humans. In this informative and amusing Ted Talk, he explains why things hurt. Please click here for more information.
  • In this fabulous podcast from the Doctor's Kitchen, Dr Rupy Aujla interviews Dr Deepak Ravindran an NHS consultant in pain management. Please click here for the podcast
  • Exploratory study on the efficacy of reflexology for pain threshold and tolerance using an ice pain experiment and sham TENS control. Please click here for the study
  • Reflexology: Exploring the mechanism of action. Please click here for the link
  • This clinical trial investigated the effect of an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) intervention on brain activation in chronic pain sufferers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).Coupled with the psychological measures the findings support the effects of the EFT intervention in reducing chronic pain and its impacts. Ref - Stapleton, P., Baumann, O., O’Keefe, T., & Bhuta, S. (2022). Neural Changes after Emotional Freedom Techniques Treatment for Chronic Pain Sufferers. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 49,

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