This is an exciting time to be working in the field of chronic pain where the understanding has escalated in the past 15+ years due to the breadth of studies being published.
The work of Lorimer Moseley and Peter O’Sullivan has helped considerably in the way patients with chronic pain are being treated in many centres in the western world. As a result of their studies and others, at last there is a growing awareness that we can do more than just help our patients ‘manage’ their pain, which also makes this a more rewarding job for health professionals working in this field.
With the knowledge that chronic pain is often neuroplastic, with the neural circuits involved having become conditioned and sensitised, we now know that individuals can unlearn these neural circuits. This was demonstrated in a recent study undertaken and published by some of my US colleagues*. In this study they demonstrated that not only did 66% of the subjects with chronic pain become pain-free or nearly pain-free (VAS 0-1/10) post treatment and a year later, but for the first time in a study fMRI scans showed that the brain regions associated with pain processing had quietened considerably.
With the evolving evidence also demonstrating strong links between psychosocial factors, learned behaviours, personality traits and trauma with the development of chronic pain and its persistence, we are able to provide far more hope to our patients than ever before when we consider these factors in a treatment programme.
Our conference in London will be the 3rd SIRPA has organised and hosted and yet again we have an exciting array of international speakers. All are highly respected clinicians or scientists, two of whom were involved in the study mentioned above.
One of our VIP guests in 2017 was Dr Martin Johnson, who was the then Vice-President of the British Pain Society and in his feedback he told us,“Attending the SIRPA conference completely changed my mind! Without exaggeration the conference was one of the most interesting and enjoyable meetings I have been to for years. Here was something different that made sense of many of the anomalies that I have witnessed in pain medicine for years. The speaker presentations were of the highest quality, presenting high grade evidence and rationale scientific explanations for ACE theories. I will be very happy to support SIRPA in the future and look forward to the next conference.”
Osteopath, Pippa Cossens, attended out 2017 conference having suffered from fibromyalgia for many years. Pippa now says that attending the conference was ‘life-changing, both professionally and personally’. Having resolved her symptoms, she decided to undertake the online SIRPA training and since then she is not only on SIRPA’s Membership Board but through their cutting edge work with chronic pain her Osteopathic practice won ‘Practice of the Year’.
Why not join us for what we know will be another exciting and thought-provoking conference where the emphasis is on why and how we can provide our patients with hope and focus on RECOVERY, rather than on ‘management’.
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*Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Yoni K. Ashar et al, JAMA Psychiatry. 2022;79(1):13-23