Here is a very short introduction to chronic pain. A great place to start for those who are interested but also short on time.
A great podcast for those who want to move better, be happier in their bodies and better understand pain and its relationship to movement.
Todd Hargrove is the creator of https://www.bettermovement.org/ and author of the book, A Guide to Better Movement is an expert on pain, the nervous system, and motor control. In this podcast he talks about how posture does not predict back pain, and the role of the brain in movement and perception.
For those who want a more in depth understanding of what pain is, Neil Pearson explains what pain is and how it relates to our bodies.
Neil Pearson is a Physiotherapist and Yoga practitioner with years of clinical experience treating pain with movement and embodiment based therapies.
The ‘Curable’ App
Free to download here:
I highly recommend this app for those who feel they need extra support when on the move. Made in America by experts in their field, it is very easy to use and includes video and audio content. The app is designed to help pain with reeducation of your nervous system and also to help manage pain on a day to day basis. It features a variety of guided exercises to help you to cope with flare ups and to rewire your brain.
Understanding Persistent Pain Booklet
Here is a great little online booklet taken from www.knowpain.co.uk.
Very easy to digest and gives a good overview of the current understanding of persistent pain and why we may hurt even though our tissues have supposedly healed:
For those interested in some more in depth reading, these two articles are very informative, a must read.
No 1: Though the article is aimed at sports injury pain, it is very relevant for anyone who has previously had trauma or injury and is currently suffering from persistent pain.
No 2: This article is more focused on how to treat persistent pain, utilising a more holistic approach, the biopsychosocial model.
The relationship between pain and sensitisation
For those who want to look at some research and understand more about the neurobiology behind how pain can become hard wired into the nervous system. This article is a very good start:
This Ted X talk is a great introduction for anyone who wants to understand pain in more detail.