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Airing Pain 105: Singing, Laughter, Speech and Pleasure

Singing, laugh­ing and the feel good fac­tor; Pain man­age­ment, the fun way

This edi­tion was fund­ed by the Charles Wolf­son Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

The British Pain Society’s Annu­al Sci­en­tif­ic Meet­ing (ASM) allows the mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary nature of the soci­ety to be reflect­ed through sem­i­nars, sci­en­tif­ic pro­grammes, lec­tures, and work­shops. Par­tic­i­pants can attend var­i­ous exhi­bi­tions, social events, and sem­i­nars to have well-round­ed expe­ri­ences on the sub­ject of pain.

In 2017, the BPS pre­sent­ed their Well­ness Zone, coor­di­nat­ed by the Dorset Com­mu­ni­ty Pain Ser­vice, to allow ‘well­be­ing’ focused top­ics to have a plat­form. At the Well­ness Zone, Paul speaks to Sarah Stur­man, Dorset Com­mu­ni­ty Pain Ser­vice phys­io­ther­a­pist, about Laugh­ing Yoga. Stur­man pro­pos­es that we are increas­ing­ly find­ing that emo­tion­al health is just as impor­tant as phys­i­cal health, and that Laugh­ing Yoga allows us to cel­e­brate social­is­ing and the nat­ur­al human attrib­ut­es of silli­ness and fun.

Paul also speaks to Pain Concern’s own Renée Blomkvist about how pain can affect the way we project our­selves into the world, and how self-man­age­ment can help find an identity.

Going even fur­ther back to the BPS ASM 2016, Paul talks to psy­chol­o­gist Dr Brock Bas­tion on the nature of hap­pi­ness and pain. Dr Bastion’s speaks about his work look­ing into the nuances of pain and neg­a­tiv­i­ty, and how soci­ety’s view that you “should” be hap­py cre­ates more pres­sure and stress.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Anx­i­ety, arts and crafts, breath­ing exer­cis­es, cannabi­noids, depres­sion, laugh­ing yoga, men­tal health, mind­ful­ness, opi­oids, phys­io­ther­a­py, alter­na­tive ther­a­pies, psy­chol­o­gy, stress, sem­i­nar, singing, group sup­port, well­be­ing and workshops.


  • Sarah Stur­man, Spe­cial­ist Pain Phys­io­ther­a­pist, Dorset Com­mu­ni­ty Pain Service
  • Dr Brock Bas­t­ian, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the School of Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ences, Uni­ver­si­ty of Melbourne
  • Renée Blomkvist, Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gist, Pain Con­cern Researcher.


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