This CD begins with a series of questions
about self-care, treatment and medication to discover where you are
Chronic Pain Cycle
This cycle explains how the mind and body
interact in the development and maintenance of chronic pain. Negative
or unhelpful thoughts and feelings can lead to pain sensitisation.
People react by trying to protect themselves, changing their posture,
restricting movement and tensing muscles, and this, in turn, creates
more pain. Once the cycle is established it persists independent of
the original cause of the pain. Learning to change these reactions
breaks the pain cycle and provides a path
out of pain.
Core beliefs which
developed in our childhood are deep, and strongly defended. Healing
involves changing some of these, but, it can take time and a lot
The Self-Management Program
Relaxation, Exercise, Attitude and Occupation
are the four components of this self-management program. The
good self-care and learning skills of relaxation and exercise are
explored. An integrated approach to movement incorporating aerobic
exercise and SSS (stretching,
strengthening and stabilising) is recommended. Above all the program
involves developing self-awareness and self-acceptance by exploring
patterns of movement, behaviour and thinking.