A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Esther Smith, inviting me to take part in some online courses that focus on educating people about chronic pain & how to deal with it. The first course I’m taking part in is A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain; the course is set over 6 weeks & after every session I’m going to do a quick write up about what I learned & what my thoughts are. I’m going to keep these posts short because I don’t want to give too much away, but I hope they’ll make you consider looking into Esther’s work.
An Introduction to Pacing for Chronic Pain
During week one students are introduced to Esther & her story; Esther experienced an injury during a chiropractor session & ever since she has dealt with chronic pain. Over the years Esther has come up with her own guide about to how to deal with, manage & sometimes reduce chronic pain, & has put this guide into a course for other people so that they can benefit from her research & experiences.
The introduction covers what chronic pain is, the different ways in which people deal with it & starts to make some suggestions about how you can manage your pain, whilst trying to live a productive life. The course material then shifts to some scientific research about chronic pain – now, I know some of you will be thinking that the doctors tell us that chronic pain is all in our head, that that’s what the research says, but Esther has put together information about research that is positive & supportive toward people with chronic pain, rather than insulting & demeaning.
My thoughts after finishing week one of this course include feeling concerned that I may not be able to pace myself whilst working – but Esther has said that it is possible for everyone, regardless of their circumstances, to pace themselves in one way or another so I’m also hopeful about this. I’ve also realised that I already use some of the pacing techniques that this course will cover, but before now I’ve never realised it – I’m intrigued to find out more about the techniques I’ve already started to explore, & I’m excited to find out new ways to manage my pain.
If you’d like to learn more about Esther, or her courses you can click here.