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Airing Pain 111: Physiotherapy, Mind, Body And The Social Component

Anx­i­ety and expec­ta­tions, how ‘fear cir­cuit­ry’ affects self-man­age­ment, and the impor­tance of social prescribing

This edi­tion is sup­port­ed by friends of Pain Concern.

Direc­tor of CSPC Phys­io­ther­a­py in Leeds, Ali­son Rose, spe­cialis­es in work­ing with high-lev­el ath­letes, par­tic­u­lar­ly those with com­plex injury his­to­ries. Rose speaks to Paul about her expe­ri­ence with chron­ic pain as being sub­jec­tive for both ath­letes and non-ath­letes, explain­ing it as a unique ‘puz­zle’ that needs to be put togeth­er to find the core mech­a­nisms that cause pain. We also hear about the many unex­pect­ed phys­i­cal rela­tion­ships with­in our bod­ies that cause pain, as well as the impor­tance of social networks.

We then hear from Cardiff Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­fes­sor of Med­ical Edu­ca­tion Ann Tay­lor. Pro­fes­sor Tay­lor speaks about her work explor­ing how those with chron­ic pain per­ceive non-pain relat­ed infor­ma­tion, and how this infor­ma­tion is processed through ‘fear cir­cuit­ry’ which can have detri­men­tal effects on self-man­age­ment. Pro­fes­sor Tay­lor pro­motes more focus on the ‘social’ aspect of the biopsy­choso­cial mod­el and the ben­e­fit of con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tions between patients and their health­care pro­fes­sion­als, some­thing which Pain Concern’s Nav­i­ga­tor Tool aims to do.

We hear again from Pro­fes­sor Mark John­son of Leeds Beck­ett Uni­ver­si­ty, con­trib­u­tor to Air­ing Pain 110, about the impor­tance of deliv­er­ing health­care with a social emphasis.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Anx­i­ety, com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies, con­fi­dence, cul­ture, depres­sion, edu­cat­ing health­care pro­fes­sion­als, emo­tion­al sup­port, fibromyal­gia, flare-up, GP, hyper­sen­si­tiv­i­ty, men­tal health, Nav­i­ga­tor Tool, phys­io­ther­a­py, pol­i­cy, psy­chol­o­gy, social care, sports injury, sup­port groups and time banking.


  • Ali­son Rose MCSP HCPC, Direc­tor of CSPC Phys­io­ther­a­py, Leeds
  • Pro­fes­sor Ann Tay­lor, Pro­gramme Direc­tor for the MSc in Pain Man­age­ment at Cardiff University
  • Pro­fes­sor Mark John­son, Pro­fes­sor of Pain and Anal­ge­sia and Direc­tor of the Cen­tre for Pain Research, Leeds Beck­ett University.

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