Neuro Health Coaching

The SIRPA Approach to Chronic Pain Relief in Dorset

I am continually looking into ways I can improve client outcomes for chronic pain conditions so when lockdown hit in 2020 I embarked on my training with SIRPA (Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners Association).

SIRPA provides a cutting edge approach to chronic pain, as well as other persistent symptoms, and is aimed at those for whom conventional medicine has failed to find an answer.

“SIRPA’s approach involves an educational, evidence-based and self-empowering approach to help individuals identify and acknowledge the underlying causes of their chronic pain while also developing healthier neural pathways that allow a pain free, healthy life.”

Neuroscience explains how stress can fuel persistent pain. Once the pain cycle starts to repeat, the brain and central nervous system can become wired to make the body feel continuous pain, often in the complete absence of any structural or tissue damage.

This helpful visual shows the cycle of stress and pain.
Neuro Health Coaching can help you break this cycle and achieve freedom from pain.

Neuro Health Coaching combines beautifully with Myofascial Release. I offer an integrative programme which incorporates hands on work and coaching sessions. The sessions are independent but there is one united goal; supplying your central nervous system with new information (awareness) that allows for change.

As a SIRPA trained practitioner, I can help you:

  • Figure out what is really behind your pain, and how to heal.
  • Change your beliefs about your chronic/persistent pain; 
  • Recognise that the pain is caused by an over-sensitive nervous system which is causing the pain to persist. Pain is  your body’s way of protecting you from danger. It can help to look at all the things that affect the nervous system and work on how to calm these down or change the neural pathways;
  • Understand that pain is linked heavily to our emotions and perceived dangers (notably repressed/unresolved emotions such as anger) and high or chronically high stress levels;
  • Learn ways to deal effectively with stressors and thereby remove the perceived danger. This will include mindfulness and breathing techniques which are proven to calm the nervous system.

If you think this approach may benefit you please contact me to arrange a complimentary consultation call.

If you are interested to know more, I recommend reading some of the following resources:

The  Information Leaflet on the SIRPA website explains how pain caused by tissue damage tends to be short term pain; whereas pain produced by the brain (conveyed via neural pathways between the brain and the body) can end up not switching off by itself. By retraining the brain and nervous system and creating the right conditions internally, pain can be resolved.

Watch this entertaining Ted-X talk by Lorimer Mosely. ‘Why things hurt?

The book ‘Chronic Pain: your key to recovery’ was written by the Founder of SIRPA, Georgie Oldfield MCSP.

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The book “The Pain Habit” was written by a SIRPA trained practitioner, Drew Coverdale.

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The book “Healing Back Pain (Reissue Edition): The Mind-Body Connection” was written by Dr. John E. Sarno. The book describes his groundbreaking research on Mind / Body Syndrome and reveals how stress and other psychological factors can cause back pain

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