Chronic Pain Basics

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

June 2nd, 2011 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

Chronic pain creates chain reactions and vicious cycles that undermine every aspect of a person’s life — including mobility, autonomy, confidence, mood, and financial stability. The compounded impact often triggers additional health issues, such as depression and eating disorders.

Pain is one of the most under-treated health conditions in America today: 76 million people live with pain, and 80% percent of doctor visits are related to complaints of pain; yet only 3% of medical schools offer even one course on pain — leaving doctors uninformed about and unprepared to treat people living with chronic pain.

Even among those who have been trained in pain management, few health professionals listen adequately and respond appropriately to the special needs of those in chronic pain – leading to an unintentional exacerbation of problems, both physical and emotional.

In addition, there is gender disparity in treating chronic pain: Research shows that women in pain are disproportionately told that the symptoms are all in their heads and are otherwise ridiculed or dismissed — adding layers of frustration, shame, and anxiety to their chronic pain condition.

What’s more, while there has been a growing body of research on pain medication and management — offering both pharmaceutical and natural pain relief – few health professionals are equipped to offer comprehensive guidance through the maze of conventional and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) resources now available to those who suffer from chronic pain.

Based on the real, day-to-day struggles of those in pain, Dancing with Pain® offers a pioneering methodology for navigating through the physical, emotional, spiritual, and medical elements of dealing with chronic pain. Pre-order the first in the downloadable audio dance class series!


Headache Network Canada June 7th, 2011

Great idea that the dancing can be done in any position for comfort.

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