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Airing Pain 4: Diet, CBT and Mindfulness

How diet can help man­age pain, the ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness, CBT and exer­cise, and a Q&A with pain spe­cial­ist Mark Turtle

In this pro­gramme Air­ing Pain looks at a range of lifestyle changes and psy­cho­log­i­cal approach­es we can use to help with man­ag­ing pain. Dr Rae Bell tells us how a good diet can help in man­ag­ing pain, telling us about foods which are nat­ur­al painkillers and why we should per­haps give cola a miss. Ron Par­sons describes the exer­cise rou­tine which has helped him to man­age his low­er back pain.

Chris Main dis­cuss­es Cog­ni­tive Behav­iour­al Ther­a­py and Vidya­mala Burch explains how mind­ful­ness can help peo­ple to live in the moment and accept pain while over­com­ing fear, anx­i­ety and depres­sion. Pain spe­cial­ist Dr Mark Tur­tle answers your ques­tions on weight loss, get­ting referred to a pain man­age­ment pro­gramme by your GP and cop­ing with vis­its to the den­tist in our Q+A session.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: CBT/cognitive behav­iour­al ther­a­py, back pain, mind­ful­ness, diet, lifestyle, exer­cise, weight, injury, stiff­ness, stretch­ing, nutri­tion, anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, habits, pain beliefs, caf­feine, Omega 3 and Omega 6.


  • Rae Frances Bell, Head of Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Clin­ic, Hauk­land Uni­ver­si­ty Hospital
  • Vidya­mala Burch, Founder of Breathworks
  • Ron Par­sons, Patient
  • Chris Main, Pro­fes­sor of Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gy, Keele University
  • Dr Mark Tur­tle, Con­sul­tant Anaes­thetist and Pain Specialist.


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