Neil Pearson is a Canadian physiotherapist, yoga teacher, and educator who has done amazing work on the subject of chronic pain.
I was first introduced to Neil’s work by a physical therapist who had attended a training with him, and it changed my life.
My PT insisted I watch the following three lectures, given by Neil. I would not be able to give any of the explanations for pain that I do on this website without the information they contain. If you have chronic pain, you honestly must watch them.
I have written a series of posts on how my experience in physical therapy changed my life. You can find links to all of the posts in my section on “Calming Your Nervous System.”
Neil’s company Life is Now Pain Care offers great resources and educational workshops for both pain sufferers and medical professionals.
I highly recommend his webinar series Yoga for People in Pain, which explains how yoga and meditation can help people with chronic pain desensitize their nervous systems.
I also highly recommend Neil’s webinar “Building hope: the way through pain to self-management and recovery.” Here, he outlines some fascinating new areas of research on how people can begin to desensitize their nervous systems, including how repetitive gum chewing can increase serotonin levels and reduce pain.
Update, March 2016: Neil has created some really interesting new pain education products, for both patients and professionals. They are now available on his website.
In the process, he has released a lot of cool open-access materials to the public. I find them to be really interesting, because although they might not be as polished as some of his newer products, they reveal a lot about his original thought process, and what went into his developing such a unique approach. I am very pleased to be sharing some of them from my blog– definitely check them out!
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