Getting Chronic Pain Under Control

man with back pain

If you have been in pain for more than three to six months, you have to consider a number of influences on your pain: your fitness levels, your flexibility and the most powerful organ in your body, your brain. Bringing chronic pain under control involves working on all of these, and this is what makes the BrainWorks approach to chronic pain so much more effective.

What is chronic pain?

Have you been in pain for more than three to six months? If you have, then you are officially classified as suffering from chronic pain. However for in some cases the pain may persist for many years. Long-term pain can impact on so many aspects of your life:

  • You wake up in the morning so stiff and in so much pain that you struggle to get out of bed.
  • You worry about the future and whether you will ever be able to go back to work.
  • You’ve had to give up doing many of the things you love because of the pain.
  • You don’t feel safe being physically active.

If you have been in pain for more than three months and the pain isn’t improving then you are suffering from chronic (i.e. persistent) pain. You may have tried all sorts of drugs and therapies and nothing gives you lasting relief. You may have had steroid injections or even surgery and yet you are still in pain.

If this is your experience you need a strategy which will enable you to get the pain under control and start moving forwards again. After three months, pain is more a product of what is happening in your brain than what is going on in the tissues. So it is only by working with the brain that we can reduce pain levels.

So what is the solution?

BrainWorks offers a new approach to working with persistent pain. It draws on the ground-breaking work of the Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute (NOI), and the OsteoMAP programme developed by the British School of Osteopathy. It combines osteopathy with NLP coaching and special techniques developed by NOI to reduce the sensitivity of the brain. These include explaining how pain works (Explain Pain) and graded activity. There is an initial consultation lasting 80 minutes to find out whether we can work together and follow-up sessions last 60 minutes. I would normally expect patients to need four to six sessions depending on how long they have been in pain.

How can I find out more about BrainWorks?

To introduce the concepts which lie behind BrainWorks, I offer a two-hour workshop. The workshop gives you a chance to learn about how pain works and to explore the reasons why your pain won’t go away. This will give you a base from which to develop a strategy for managing your pain and getting it under control.

Different parts of the brain work together to produce the experience of pain. During the workshop you learn about how the brain decides whether or not pain is an appropriate response in any situation.  You explore your pain triggers and we look at the measures you can take to start the journey out of pain and towards doing the things that matter to you.

Numbers at the workshops are limited to a maximum of 10, so that we can work together as a group. There is a chance to break out into smaller groups or pairs to discuss your experiences and talk about possible solutions. Tea, coffee and refreshments are available and participants are encouraged to stand up and mobilise frequently, so that you don’t stiffen up.

The workshops are held on Saturday afternoons at Bedford Quaker Meeting House. If you’d like to book a place, you can do so at the bottom of this page or go to online booking.

For further information please email me on sorrel@oxalisosteopathy.co.uk or phone 01234 409538 and leave a message. I will call you back as soon as I can.