This workshop is for all complementary therapists and allied health professionals interested in the role complementary therapies can play in pain management.
Are you a practising Complementary Therapist who would benefit from a greater understanding of what pain is, why it occurs and how your therapy can facilitate better pain management for your clients. Maybe you already see great results with your clients but would like a deeper understanding of the science behind why complementary therapy can be so successful in pain management.
‘Pain is whatever the person says it is, occurring wherever and whenever they say it does’. McCaffery 1968
The workshop is open to practitioners and students from all disciplines of complementary therapy and no previous experience is required.
The day is theory based. No special equipment is required. Handouts will be provided on the day.
Introduction to pain concepts
- What is pain, how is pain defined
- How can pain be classified
- Nociceptive pain and neuropathic pain, how they differ and why they occur
- Pain assessment tools and evaluation
- Biomedical strategies in pain management
- Red flags and when not to intervene
Exploring the role of complementary therapy
- Cartesian medicine versus eastern philosophy
- Acupuncture, why it maintains NHS favour
- Hypnotherapy and mind centred techniques, why all pain is in the mind
- Reflexology and pain, how science can support its efficacy
- Massage, why a gentle touch is as effective in relieving pain as deep tissue massage
- Aromatherapy, why the limbic response is as essential as the chemistry