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Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain includes many types of conditions from a variety of causes. This book is designed to help those suffering from chronic pain learn to better manage pain so they can get on with living a satisfying, fulfilling life. This resource stresses four concepts: each person with chronic pain is unique, and there is no one treatment or approach that is right for everybody; there are many things people with chronic pain can do to feel better and become more active and involved in life; with knowledge and experimentation, each individual is the best judge of which self-management tools and techniques are best for him or her; and, the responsibility for managing chronic pain on a daily basis rests with the individual and no one else.

Manage Your Pain

Chronic pain has been described as a silent epidemic. More than one in ten people – over ten per cent of the population – suffer from persisting pain. Over the last month, how often have you: 1. taken painkillers so you could do something you know would stir up your pain? 2. completed a task, regardless of pain, then ‘paid’ for it later with more pain? 3. found that pain is interfering with your sleep, work, sport and social activities? 4. had one or more long rest periods during the day because of your pain? 5. felt you cannot go on as your pain gets worse 6. worried that your doctors have ‘missed something’? 7. been told to ‘live with the pain’ but not shown how to do it? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then Manage Your Pain will help to improve your life. All too frequently, chronic pain cannot be successfully treated – and drugs are not always the answer. But the combination of approaches provided by Manage Your Pain can help you learn to minimise the impact of pain, and put persisting pain where it belongs – in the background of your life.

Explain Pain

Imagine an orchestra in your brain. It plays all kinds of harmonious melodies, then pain comes along and the different sections of the orchestra are reduced to a few pain tunes. All pain is real. And for many people it is a debilitating part of everyday life.
It is now known that understanding more about why things hurt can actually help people to overcome their pain. Recent advances in fields such as neurophysiology, brain imaging, immunology, psychology and cellular biology have provided an explanatory platform from which to explore pain.
Explain Pain aims to give clinicians and people in pain the power to challenge pain and to consider new models for viewing what happens during pain. Once they have learnt about the processes involved they can follow a scientific route to recovery.

Overcoming Functional Neurological Symptoms: A Five Areas Approach

Overcoming Functional Neurological Symptoms uses the proven and trusted five areas model of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to help people experiencing a range of medically unexplained symptoms, including chronic headaches, fatigue, dizziness, loss of sensation, weakness and numbness.

Easy to use and practical, this CBT workbook:

  • Presents the insights of award-winning authors who are experts in the field
  • Contains therapeutic advice proven to work through years of research and practice
  • Ensures patients success through specific plans leading to positive results
  • Provides advice for friends and family of patients

This book is designed for CBT practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and healthcare workers to share with their patients.

The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook

The Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) Handbook details a novel three-stage synaptic exercise process for neuropathic pain that progresses in graded and monitored steps using left/right discrimination, imagined movements and mirror therapy. Exploring the representation of body parts in our brains and how they may be affected by injury, GMI aims to alter pain “neurotags” or sensitive networks in the brain. Arising from 15 years of neuroscience, clinical trials and clinical reasoning science, The GMI Handbook explains the process with patient-therapist narratives and a practical tutorial on getting the best of the online program, smartphone app and other GMI tools. Use in conjunction with the NOI Mirrorbox Triangle and NOI Recognise Flash Cards for optimum results.