One of the most powerful tools to combat pain is expanding your own knowledge of the subject and allowing yourself to take back control. 

Pain is complicated and often multiple factors are involved. There is a hell of a lot more involved than just a sore muscle. Blaming body parts does not do anyone any favours and treating pain by repeatedly rubbing a muscle probably isn't the best way to go about it. 

With this in mind, I have created this page for you to use as a guide so that you can identify what factors are involved in your own pain and what you can do about it. At the bottom of the page there is a large volume of references I highly recommend browsing through.  

Disclaimer: I am not giving medical advice, my goal is to share information so you have the ability to make informed decisions going forward.  

Step 1: Expand your knowledge and move onto step 2. 

This is a basic synopsis of pain, that can get you pointing in the right direction.


Step 3: Put content to your own situation. 

A personal example.


Step 4: Time to be brutally honest.

Read these questions and answer as quick as you can and say the first thing that comes into your mind.

  1. Do you trust your lower back?
  2. Are you confident in bending over to touch your toes? 
  3. If it is just your own body weight, would you round your back and just bend over or would bend your knees and put your hands onto your leg for support?
  4. Have you ever being told you have a weak body part (eg core) If so, do you believe it to be true? if so, why? Does this serve you any purpose?
  5. Do you hold your breath when bending down to pick something off the floor or to put your shoes on?

After watching the videos and going through the questions above, what have you found out about yourself that you didn't previously know? Do you feel you have more control now, knowing this?

Instead of lying on a table and letting someone treat your body like a piece of meat, do you think it's time for you to take ownership over your own body. With this new information, you are now in a position to make an informed choice about your situation. 

If you need some guidance, please contact me, I would be happy to help.

Recommended Education about Pain


  1. Why Things Hurt - Lorimer Moseley
  2. Short intro - It's time to rethink Persistent Pain - Tame the Beast
  3. Jack's Story with Peter O'Sullivan
  4. The Myth of a Slipped Disc - Lorimer Moseley
  5. Lectures by Lorimer Moseley
  6. Disc's Don't Slip Dammit
  7. Pain Scientist David Butler answers questions about pain
  8. Learn about Danger & Safety in your body (DiM's & SiM's)
  9. Treating Pain Using the Brain - David Butler - excellent 1 hour lecture

websites and Blogs

  1. - Paul Ingraham - One of the best resources out there
  2. - Pain is Weird
  3. - Joletta Belton (patient’s perspective)
  5. Blog and Free download
  6. - Database that can direct you to any of your interests
  7. - Database of tonnes of lectures from leading pain science researchers
  8. Systematic literature review of imaging features of spinal degeneration in asymptomatic populations.

  10. The Ultimate Guide to Pain


  2. - Free
  3. Who Switched Off My Brain? Revised: Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions
  4. The Body Has a Mind of Its Own
  6. 'Explain Pain' by Lorimer Moseley and David Butler

Additional Books:

'The Challenge of Pain' by Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall

'Therapeutic Neuroscience Education' by Adriaan Louw and Emilio Puentedura

'The Sensitive Nervous System' by David Butler

'At the Edge of Being: The Aporia of Pain' by Heather MacKenzie, John Quintner and Gillian Bendelow

‘Meanings of Pain’ ed Simon van Rysewyk


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