Pain and Injury

Pain and Me a video by Tamar Pincus

This video is my personal interpretation of my research on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain.

It took me a long time to understand that acceptance was not the same as giving up or losing hope, but instead I’ve come to see it as a conscious decision to completely engage with life, including pain.

There is plenty of evidence and science behind the approach, but here I wanted to introduce the way I think about it. It’s really simple (which doesn’t make it easy!).

Lorimer Moseley ‘Body in mind – the role of the brain in chronic pain’

Do we actually experience pain, or is it merely illusion?

In this video, Lorimer Moseley explores these questions, and position the pain that we feel as our bodies’ way of protecting us from damaging tissues further. He also looks at what this might mean for those who suffer from chronic pain.

Professor Lorimer Moseley is a pain scientist. He is Professor of Neuroscience and Chair in Physiotherapy, The Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia and a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.

He has published over 200 papers, four books and numerous book chapters on pain science.

‘The relationship between the body, the brain and the mind is complex and magnificent, which is why lots of people are investigating it…. Prof. Lorimer Moseley, is particularly interested in the role of the brain and mind in chronic and complex pain disorders. Through collaborations with clinicians, scientists, patients and thoughtful friends, the team is exploring how the brain and its representation of the body change when pain persists, how the mind influences physiological regulation of the body, how the changes in the brain and mind can be normalised via treatment, and how we can teach people about it all in a way that is both interesting and accurate. This website includes links to published articles, current projects, teaching resources for clinicians and lecturers, books, seminars and conferences and other info that the team thinks is intriguing, important or irresistible.

Treating Pain Using the Brain – Dr. David Butler

Over the past two decades there has been a revolution in our knowledge of how pain is made by the brain, but very little of this information has reached pain sufferers. Much of the complex pain science can be reduced to a simple formula, “we will have pain when our brain has more credible evidence of danger to our body than credible evidence of safety to our body.”

The Divided Mind – The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (1 of 5)

“Dr. Sarno brilliantly explores the chasm between the conscious and unconscious minds, where psychosomatic ailments originate.” (Mehmet Oz, M.D., co-author of You: The Owner’s Manual)

Publisher’s Summary
The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno’s long and successful career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer. While his earlier books dealt almost exclusively with musculoskeletal pain disorders, here Dr. Sarno addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mind-body) disorders. In Dr. Sarno’s view, the crucial interaction between the reasonable, rational, ethical, moral conscious mind and the repressed feelings of emotional pain, hurt, sadness, and anger characteristic of the unconscious mind is the basis for many mind-body disorders.

The Divided Mind traces the history of psychosomatic medicine, including Freud’s crucial role as well as his failures. Most important, it describes the psychology of the human condition that is responsible for the broad range of psychosomatic illness. Dr. Sarno believes that the failure of medicine’s practitioners to recognize and appropriately treat mind-body disorders has produced public health and economic problems of major proportions in the United States. One of the most interesting and important aspects of psychosomatic phenomena is the fact that knowledge and awareness of the process clearly have healing powers.

“As far as Dr Sarno and his colleagues are concerned, fibromyalgia is a severe form of TMS, and is best treated like any other form of TMS, i.e. by providing knowledge and understanding of the true source of the pain. The core of this treatment is a lecture presentation in which Dr. Sarno (or a colleague) leads the patients through a process of realisation of the relationship between emotions and physical symptoms and explains to them the importance of understanding what is going on as the basis for curing many common pain syndromes.”

John E. Sarno, M.D. is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine. He has been practicing medicine since 1950. Dr. Sarno is the acclaimed author of Mind Over Back Pain, the #1 New York Times bestseller Healing Back Pain, and the bestselling The Mindbody Prescription. Dr. Sarno lives in New York.


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