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Personal Trainers Beware #8: Chronic Pain

The longer you are in pain, the more it messes with your head, begins to affect how you think about yourself, destroy healthy routines like exercise, how your relationships work, and finally your deepest beliefs about life, the Divine, and so much more.

According to our favourite publishers on this topic: “Chronic pain and stress are experienced by approximately 20% of the population. The cost is huge and dollar/pound/euro figures do not cover the impact on families and loss of creativity and productivity and its social impact.” [NOI Group]

Long after the damage has healed in your body, your on-going pain will convince you that you are still broken, still needing the magic pill or surgery that will fix you, still the victim, or still being punished for something you did.

The areas that were injured become chemically and physiologically hyper-sensitized (the term “Allodynia” is used here), even to the point that the pain may be triggered by gentle touch, old memories or movements, or emotional events and stresses completely unrelated to the actual physical problem.

To say that Chronic Pain is complex, is an vast understatement. If you suffer from it, you need to know that you are not alone even if you feel totally isolated from those around you because of it.

The best thing I can do is recommend a few resources guaranteed to open you up to new ways of thinking and responding to pain. As Adam reveals in his video, the best book resource is the beautifully designed, easy to read and client-centred approach of “Explain Pain” written by Dr David Butler and Prof Lorimer Moseley.

Or if you are seeking a more scientific approach perhaps start with a technical article of theirs:

Do you have a client who suffers from chronic pain? Nothing better than to delve into this whole space with a view to understanding what it is all about – get the book and read it!

With all compassion and hope for those who suffer from Chronic Pain – you are not alone.

Ulrik