Pain self management titles

There are lots of books out there to help people manage their persistent pain. The titles listed below are a selection that Live Well with Pain has found to be useful.

Overcoming Chronic Pain

This self-help book is based on highly effective self-help methods developed by specialists and used in community and hospital pain management programmes. Your experience of pain can be greatly reduced by pacing daily activities, reducing stress, learning relaxation techniques and effective ways to cope with depression, anxiety, worry, anger and frustration.

This easy-to-follow book sets out:

  • Why pain can persist when there’s no injury or disease present
  • How to become fitter and pace your activities
  • Practical ways to improve sleep and relaxation
  • Tips for returning to work, study and gaining a life you value

Available from Little, Brown

An Introduction to Living Well with Pain

Change is possible. Effective pain management requires a practical multi-focused approach. This self-help guide brings together tools that have worked with thousands of people with pain. It guides you through skills that help you stop struggling and cope well with pain, including:

  • Goal-setting, making action plans and rewarding yourself
  •  Pacing your day to day activities and building in relaxation practice
  •  Developing healthy exercise and eating routines
  •  Sleeping well again
  • Coping with setback

Available from Little, Brown

The Pain-Free Mindset

NHS pain consultant Dr Ravindran brings his 20 years of experience to offer you an effective set of techniques that will help you take back control and overcome your pain.

In this groundbreaking guide you will:

  • Discover what happens to your body and brain when you experience pain
  • Learn how you can change the way you perceive and respond to pain – without taking addictive medication
  • Find the best pain-management plan for you and your lifestyle

Packed with science-backed tips and inspiring case studies this book will transform your mindset and show that you have the power to live pain free.

Available from Waterstones

Chronic Pain the Drug-Free Way

Written with humour, and making use of cartoons and line drawings, this book encapsulates 20 years of pain management courses given by Phil Sizer at Pain Association Scotland to patients, GPs, and other health professionals.

Divided into three sections (Understanding, Managing, Coping) its approach is based on a holistic, bio-psycho-social model of health including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), positive psychology, relaxation, hypnotherapy, motivational interviewing and coaching.

“Buy this book and make sure that your doctor reads it too!” – Dr Steve Gilbert, Staff Specialist in Anaesthesia and Pain Management, former Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain in Scotland

Available from Hive

Where Does it Hurt?

Part memoir, part medical investigation and part manifesto for non-medical cures, Tim Atkinson’s candid and revealing memoir about his own, lived experience of pain will help start a conversation on this medical mystery.

Why do some people continue to feel pain long after they’ve healed? How can people feel pain from limbs that have been amputated? And what makes people with horrific injuries sometimes insensitive to pain?

The truth is that pain is far from straightforward, and most of what is now known about it has only recently been discovered.

Available from Amazon

The Painful Truth

From twinges to torture, Lyman explores the cutting-edge research into pain science, transforming our understanding of a sensation that most of us go out of our way to avoid.

Exploring cutting-edge research that encompasses everything from phantom aches to persistent pain, as well as interviews with survivors of torture and those who have never felt pain, Dr Lyman not only provides hope for reducing and managing pain but takes us to a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. This is the untold story of pain – our most elusive feeling.

Available from Waterstones

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