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Avoiding Self-Induced Stress – A personal experience

Avoiding Self-Induced Stress – A personal experience

One evening not recently I received a call from my son who was in A&E, having had an accident while kite-surfing at an event on the south coast.  We live more than 5 hours north from where he was and he lives 4 hours west of there, so he was completely on his own...

The Importance of Silence

The Importance of Silence

These days most of us live such hectic, busy lives with very little time spent without some form of distraction from how we really feel.  Even in childhood it’s become common for children to have numerous after-school activities and many have parents who are...

Chronic Pain – An integrated approach for health professionals

Chronic Pain – An integrated approach for health professionals

Leading medical journal, The Lancet, recently published a series of articles about the ineffective results in the treatment of back pain.  They stated that the medical profession should stop offering “ineffective and potentially harmful treatments” and that “strong...

Pain Recovery: When is it OK to just be OK?

Pain Recovery: When is it OK to just be OK?

I started the SIRPA program with Georgie Oldfield a few months ago when I was experiencing recurrent shoulder pain which resulted in early awakening. Many of the concepts were familiar to me as I had encountered similar ideas as I am a practising hypnotherapist and...

Physiotherapy Pain Association study day 2018

Physiotherapy Pain Association study day 2018

A few months ago I was contacted by Diarmuid Denneny MCSP on behalf of the UK’s Physiotherapy Pain Association to see if I would speak at their annual study day, which was held in London on Friday 27th January 2018.  Having only been in touch via email it was great to...

The Role of Emotions in Chronic Pain

The Role of Emotions in Chronic Pain

Last October I attended the SIRPA conference - “The role of emotions in chronic pain”.  I’ve blogged about the work of SIRPA before and you can find that information in this previous blog  Chronic pain is a massive problem globally and we are seeing huge increases in...

The whispers of our mind!

The whispers of our mind!

A number of people I meet who have regained their lives once they recognised that their symptoms were stress-induced tell me that they are about 95% better.  This is because they occasionally experience a ‘relapse’ or another symptom pops up.  When speaking with them...