Our Goals

  • Learn how to differentiate between tissue damage and pain.

  • Examine modern conceptions of pain and how to practically apply them.

  • Develop an understanding of empirical reasoning and the various models used to make sense of pain.

  • Establish a scope of practice and responsibilities of working with clients in pain.

A Painsplanation

- with Oliver Crossley and Jon Yuen

Pain affects us all to varying degrees. 
For some, it lasts but for a moment, for others, it's a permanent feature of their lives.

It is also one of the most disputed topics in the fields of medicine, health, and fitness. You, or your client, could go to a hundred different therapists/trainers, and you'd hear one hundred different explanations about what's wrong with you and your body. More often than not, these explanations describe a specific flaw that demands a specific solution.

Whether or not the solution works seems to be rather arbitrary.

In this course, instead of asking "What's wrong with me and how do I fix it?", we wish to focus on what pain itself is and how we, as professionals, can help manage it. 

Over the course of six weeks, from October 12th to November 23rd, we'll attempt to bridge the gap between what current science tells us about pain and how we relate to it. We invite all those who wish to approach this subject with fascination, flexibility, and humility to join us.

What's in it for you?

  • Three online lectures per week.
  • One live call per week - Sundays - 8:15 CEST.
  • Access to our online community.

Oliver Crossley

Head Coach

Founder of Yogic Physio, Registered Physiotherapist, Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Oliver will be delivering all of the content of the course, talking with Jon and the group on each weekly call to expand on topics addressed each week and answer any questions.

Jon Yuen

Trainer and founder of TMG and OMU. Jon's main areas of responsibility in this course are to facilitate the conversations we'll be having about the various aspects of pain, give examples from personal experience and to help manage the community.

True or False?

  • Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of chronic low back pain.

    False. Chronic low back pain and disc degeneration have almost nothing to do with each other. Not only is degenerative disc disease incredibly common (52% of people 30 years and older have it, and over 90% of people over 70 have it) but disc and facet joint degeneration have been shown to have no association with pain and disability in long-term follow up studies.

  • Acute low back pain episodes are commonly caused by disc bulges.

    Nope! Whilst disc bulges can be a contributing factor to the emergence of acute low back pain, research shows that one in every three 20-year-old’s, and one in every two 40-year-old’s have bulging discs on MRI scans and yet don’t report pain at all.

  • Acute pain indicates that something is damaged or inflamed in the body somewhere.

    False! There are many cases of people experiencing extreme agonizing pain (e.g. seeing a nail pierced through a boot) that on closer examination, have no tissue damage at all. And visa versa, cases of people experiencing extreme tissue damage (like facial trauma from shrapnel) that report experiencing no acute pain. In other words, it's fully possible to experience pain in the absence of injury and to experience no symptoms despite bodily trauma.

  • Spinal injections can relieve chronic pain by anaesthetising the nerves around the injured area.

    Would you like some fries with that McNope? Recent research shows that even when people have local injections to their lower back for ablation of the surrounding sensory nerves show no better outcome in pain and disability compared to a control group that was just given exercise.

  • Corticosteroid injections are a great primary treatment option for shoulder pain.

    A wild False appears! Whilst corticosteroids have been shown to successfully reduce shoulder pain in the short term, after 3 months they are actually a worse option compared to active exercise, and have been shown to be catabolic to collagen tissue in the long term.

Our Questions

  • Week 1

    What stories do we tell ourselves about pain?

  • Week 2

    Do we really know why we feel pain?

  • Week 3

    What has history taught us about pain?

  • Week 4

    Which working models do we have and how do we apply them?

  • Week 5

    How do we work with the clients in pain?

  • Week 6

    What does the future of pain science look like?

Join before October 9th..

To gain access to 18 online lectures, 6 live calls, and a passionate community!

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