Freedom from Pain
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Persistent Pain Recovery
If your pain has been present for more than 3 months and has not been attributed to a physically damaging condition such as a cancer, infection, fracture or an autoimmune disease and your medical team &/or physical therapies have been unable to explain or help you further, then it is possible we can teach you the tools with which to discover relief.
"The Reign of Pain lies Mainly in the Brain"
Dr Howard Schubiner
There is a widespread misbelief that pain must have a physical cause. Much academic research in recent years has taught us that it is often past and present life stresses and emotional trauma that are behind our long-term/persistent pain.
Even if you have been told in the past that you have some degeneration/osteoarthritis or disc problems in your joints or back from X-ray or scans, we now know these changes are less than likely to be the cause of your pain.
The subconscious brain produces pain (even without bodily damage) as a way of protecting us from perceived danger or as a way of distracting us from ‘even more painful’, unresolved emotional turmoil.
Nerve pathways in the brain can learn to produce pain in response to certain movements, time of day, fear & anxiety, or even just a thought. The good news is we now have discovered how to re-programme the brain and alter these nerve pathways by using a variety of strategies. These can include understanding pain physiology, free-writing/journaling to self-investigate personal history, improving your response to stress, mindfulness, meditation, enhancing emotional awareness, visualisation, recognising self-worth and managing your lifestyle differently. You can achieve relief, no matter how severe or long standing the chronic pain.
Georgie Oldfield, also a Chartered Physiotherapist, was the first health professional in Europe to further develop this particular ground-breaking specialism which originated in the USA with Dr John Sarno. With such positive life-changing results she was impelled to train others to help the much wider population. Georgie set up the "Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners Association", SIRPA, to train other medical professionals. As a fully qualified SIRPA practitioner, I can help you learn the skills and provide the support you may need in your journey towards freedom from pain.
Here's what we do!
Before you fully commit to this approach, please go to or email me at Catherine@PhysioConnectDurley.co.uk to book a free 20 minute telephone consultation to discuss your history and symptoms. If we are both in agreement, I will then email you a detailed assessment form for you to carefully consider & complete in private before returning to me ahead of your first visit.
I am happy to ‘see you’ either in person here at PhysioConnect in Durley or, if you live further away, via FaceTime/Skype.
At your first 75-minute consultation, in full confidentiality, we will start to identify various factors that are likely to be contributing to your long-term symptoms. Different cognitive strategies, behaviours and lifestyle changes will gradually be prescribed for you to engage with at home on a regular basis.
You will begin to realise and acknowledge how certain elements from your past and present life are subconsciously having a major influence on your symptoms today. You will be encouraged to deepen your knowledge with suggestions for further reading.
A number of follow up appointments are likely. These will also be for 75 minutes so that we have the time to discuss and deliberate the variety of life-factors that we discover need addressing.
To view a summary of some of the research behind this approach, please go to SIRPA at https://www.sirpa.org/chronic-pain-infographic/
You can find more detailed information about this whole approach, including enlightening video testimonials and helpful products, at www.sirpauk.org
To find out more from me please call 07979 852519 or email