Working with Chronic Pain - 4 in-depth webinars and a brilliant accompanying handbook

Pain can be thought of as a direct result of ‘unresolved emotional trauma held within the body’ (Levine & Phillips 2012).

In this new web series, we’ll explore different types of pain and their underlying neurobiological mechanisms. We’ll learn how to use our trained touch, as well as language, movement, and relational skills to help regulate our clients’ nervous system, and to gently release any held emotional charge or traumatic imprint.

We’ll learn how to help clients understand their pain, which is in itself a good way of reducing fear and relieving pain. Using simple techniques such as body mapping, you can help your clients to develop new ways to move, think about and feel their bodies, increasing the input of ‘safety signals’ to the brain and dialling down pain signals.

We’ll also look at ‘red flags’, contraindications to treatment, awareness of pain medications and medical management so you can be confident in understanding when and how to refer a client for medical care or review.

Pain Series

Pain Webinar Series 1, 2, 3 & 4

  • An in-depth exploration of the science of pain and learn how to address all kinds of painful conditions in a truly holistic way. If you’re looking to enhance your skills in working with pain, and if you want a busier, more successful, and affluent practice, this new web series will provide the knowledge and skills you need.

  • To watch these recorded webinars, 'Buy Now' & details will immediately be emailed to you on how to access this via your free School of Bodywork members account. 

    By purchasing acess to the recordings, you are agreeing to create a free School of Bodywork member account where you can access all 4 videos for a period of 6 months.

    Please look for your email to create your account after booking and remember to check your spam folder just in case.

  • Time:

    Each webinar is about 1 hour long

  • Tutor:

    Tanya Desfontaines

  • Fee:

    £120 for all 4 of these brilliant informative webinars plus downloadable handbook to keep.

1. Introduction to the field of pain and its relationship to trauma work.
What is pain? How does pain relate to trauma? In this first session we’ll explore how pain perception is a result of complex neural processing. The interplay of nerves and immune cells, memory and emotion combine to create a ‘neurosignature’. Pain perception therefore relates directly to our perception of threat or safety. Factors such as tissue damage, history of trauma and psychological state will all influence the unique protective responses a person will experience. These can include tiredness, stress, dissociation, and inflammation as well as physical pain. As with trauma work, we’ll look at ways to create a sense of safety for our clients, so that the process of pain regulation can begin.

2. Nociception and nerve facilitation.
The neurobiology of pain; How do we perceive pain? We’ll look at reflex arcs and protective responses, the useful function of acute pain and the ways in which the inflammatory and healing processes can be interrupted or over-ridden, producing chronic symptoms. We’ll learn about neural sensitization and facilitation, understanding how pain can spread far from an area of actual tissue damage. We’ll also look at ways to help our clients understand and begin to relate differently to the experience of pain and tension in their body.

3. Psychoeducation and language in the treatment of pain.
In this session we’ll look at ways in which our nervous system can wire in what are known as ‘pain tapes’ and the ‘pain body’. We’ll explore the capacity of the human nervous system to learn by changing its wiring. Neurons can change, growing new synapses and connections in response to repeated stimulus or input. We can make therapeutic use of this quality of neuroplasticity in helping clients to change their wiring! We’ll look at common misconceptions about causes of pain in the tissues, using metaphor and imagination to deconstruct the pain
body. We’ll revisit body mapping (also useful in trauma work), an invaluable method to increase body awareness and interoception (sensing the inside of our body). We’ll also discuss ways to work with movement in helping clients to recover from chronic pain.

4. The medical management of pain
In our final session we’ll look at pain medications and their actions in the body. Understanding the ways in which neurotransmitters and membrane receptors are affected in situations of chronic pain and inflammation is important in helping our clients to recover and improve their functional abilities. For safe and professional practice, we need to know the ‘red flags’ and contraindications to treatment, so you can be confident in understanding when and how to refer a
client for medical care or review. Finally, we’ll discuss some specific conditions and case histories, for example phantom limb pain, allodynia, chronic regional pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia.

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Tutor:

Tanya Desfontaines; BSc (Hons) MCSP SRP RCST BCST
has been a bodyworker for over 30 years, beginning as an NHS physiotherapist and exploring many avenues of holistic health & well-being before retraining as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist in 2007. She is a supervisor and teacher of BCST in the UK and internationally, most recently holding the prestigious position of senior tutor and course coordinator on the foundation training at Karuna Institute, Devon. She lives with her family in Dartington, South Devon, where she maintains a lively private practice. We feel privileged to be collaborating with her on this brilliant Trauma series.

Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli (WHO definition)

It is the number one symptom which leads clients to seek medical care, and for bodyworkers it is essential to understand its mechanisms, how we can help to reduce our clients’ pain and how our work relates to the medical management of painful conditions.

In this series we’ll take an in-depth look at the subject of pain; we’ll learn to recognise and understand the neurobiological, psychological, and emotional aspects of this universal human experience.

Pain is part of the body's defence system, producing a reflex withdrawal from the painful stimulus, and tendencies to protect the affected body part while it heals, and avoid that harmful situation in the future. Acute pain is extremely important as it changes the way we behave to protect tissues whilst they repair. Acute pain perception is therefore vital to healthy survival.

Chronic pain, that is pain which persists for a period of 3 months or more, is not so useful for our survival. Some researchers go so far as to call it a disease. (Krane 2011).

Pain series

In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition. However, it is a subjective experience, coloured by our past experiences and mindset. Our understanding of the protective mechanisms of pain correlate closely to modern understanding of trauma. Pain is experienced when a person’s brain decides something is unsafe and you need to know about it.

The brain uses the body to create a warning signal. The mind and body are inextricably linked; changes in the brain result in changes in the body physiology. Both chronic pain states and post-traumatic states involve maladaptive changes in the mind-body system which can in turn limit the physical, mental, and emotional capacity of a person to lead a fulfilling life. Indeed, pain can be thought of as a direct result of ‘unresolved emotional trauma held within the body’. (Levine and Phillips 2012).

Idiopathic pain (pain that persists after the trauma or pathology has healed, or that arises without any apparent cause) may be an exception to the idea that pain is helpful to survival, although some psychologists argue that such pain is psychogenic, enlisted as a protective distraction to keep dangerous emotions unconscious.

  • An in-depth exploration of the science of pain and learn how to address all kinds of painful conditions in a truly holistic way. If you’re looking to enhance your skills in working with pain, and if you want a busier, more successful, and affluent practice, this new web series will provide the knowledge and skills you need.

  • To watch these webinars, 'Buy Now' & details will immediately be emailed to you on how to access this via your free School of Bodywork members account. 

    By purchasing acess to the recordings, you are agreeing to create a free School of Bodywork member account where you can access all 4 videos for a period of 6 months.

    Please look for your email to create your account after booking and remember to check your spam folder just in case.

  • Time:

    Each webinar is about 1 hour long

  • Tutor:

    Tanya Desfontaines

  • Fee:

    £120 for all 4 of these brilliant informative webinars plus downloadable handbook to keep.