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Alternative answers to pain: The complete conventional and alternative guide to treating chronic pain

Richard Thomas; London, UK: Marshall Editions; 1999 ISBN 0-7621-0245-4

Millions of people experience chronic pain. For many, it has become a way of life. This book can help break the grip chronic pain has on many of us by detailing the types of pain affecting different body systems and explaining the latest methods to relieve them.

This book provides clear, straightforward advice on the latest treatment options available, including:

  1. Acupuncture and acupressure
  2. T’ai chi and aromatherapy
  3. Visualisation and self-hypnosis
  4. Herbal medicines and the new pain relievers

The book explains the various sources of all kinds of pain – from chronic to acute – and the new forms of pain relief on the horizon. It also contains the latest information from pain experts, enabling you to take a proactive role in treating pain, and assisting you to work more effectively with your doctor.

Pain: Creative Approaches to Effective Management

Eloise C.J. Carr & Eileen M. Mann; Great Britain: Macmillan Press; 2000 ISBN 0-333-77639-9

Pain is a demoralising, dehumanising experience which, despite the advent of new technologies, continues to be under treated. All nurses, no matter how experienced they are or where they work, require an up to date knowledge base. They also need appropriate skills to help them meet the challenges posed by this distressing symptom.

This book has been written by an educationalist/researcher and a specialist practitioner, both of whom are passionate about the nurse’s role in the management of pain. The book explores the realities of managing pain in practice and emphasises the use of evidence based care to solving problems.

Seven innovative chapters cover the multidimensional nature of pain, assessment and the effective management of both acute and chronic pain experiences. In an ideal world, effective pain management can be straightforward, but the realities are often very different. With this in mind, a chapter explores potential barriers to effective pain relief, enabling practitioners to challenge traditional practice. The issues surrounding pain management for patients who may be particularly vulnerable are raised and examined. These patients include those who have suffered severe burns, spinal injury, or are cognitively impaired – those whose pain relief may be inadequate because of the complexity of their needs. The final chapter considers managing pain with individuals who may be the victims of stereotyping and prejudice, such as the patient with a history of substance abuse

The book consistently encourages a dialogue using evidence-based practice and realistic solutions. Evaluation of learning is encouraged, using the multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter, with detailed answers provided.

Explain Pain [2nd Edition]

David Butler, Lorimer Moseley; China: Noigroup Publications for NOI Australasia; 2015 ISBN 978-0-9873426-6-9

Imagine an orchestra in your brain. It plays all kinds of harmonious melodies, then pain comes along and the different sections of the orchestra are reduced to a few pain tunes.

All pain is real. And for many people, it is a debilitating part of everyday life.

It is now known that understanding more about why things hurt can actually help people to overcome their pain. Recent advances in fields such as neurophysiology, brain imaging, immunology, psychology and cellular biology have provided an explanatory platform from which to explore pain. In everyday language accompanied by quirky illustrations, this book discusses how pain responses are produced by the brain: how responses to injury from the autonomic otor and immune systems in your body contribute to pain, and why pain can persist after tissues have had plenty of time to heal.

This book aims to give clinicians and people in pain the power to challenge pain and to consider new models for viewing what happens during pain. Once they have learnt about the processes involved, they can follow a scientific route to recovery.

*The Explain Pain Handbook Protectometer

GL Moseley & DS Butler; South Australia, Australia: Noigroup Publications; 2015 ISBN 978-0-9750910-9-8

Ongoing pain is the most costly health problem facing the world. Based on decades of research, Explain Pain (2003) launched what can only be called a revolution – the Explain Pain Revolution. Explaining Pain has become one of the world’s most effective and inexpensive treatments for pain. It is now the cornerstone of modern pain treatment and rehabilitation – with clinical studies showing its benefits across cultures, conditions and communities.

In this patient targeted handbook, we combine unique and original artwork with material that has been refined over the last twenty years. Scientists now agree that pain happens when the credible evidence of DANGER to your body is greater than the credible evidence of SAFETY to your body. Using this knowledge, we have developed the Protectometer – an easy to use tool that will help you apply this principle to understand and deal with your pain.

The Explain Pain Handbook is for people in pain, their friends, families and health professionals. It will help you map your recovery, implement active coping strategies, safely increase daily activities and find freedom from pain, all by using the power of knowledge and harnessing the remarkable bioplasticity that exists in every single one of us.

The Pain Book

Philip Siddall, Rebecca McCabe, Robin Murray; Sydney, Australia: Hammond Press; 2013 ISBN 978-0-9871892-7-1

This book provides an up-to-date overview of how pain works and the best pain treatments now available. Based on the latest research, this book features information, skills and techniques that form a proven and effective step-by-step approach to treating pain.

The authors are all highly experienced in pain management. Philip Siddall is Professor in Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney with more than 30 years of clinical experience and international recognition for his work in the field of pain management. Rebecca McCabe is a physiotherapist with a particular expertise in chronic pain and many years’ experience in private practice and hospital pain management centres. Robin Murray has a PhD in clinical psychology and has also practised and taught in the field of pain management for many years.

Having devoted much of their lives to working with people in pain, the authors are lead clinicians in the HammondCare Pain Management Service at Greenwich Hospital where they run a successful pain program based on the principles in this book.

The Spinal Cord Injury Pain Book

Philip Siddall, Rebecca McCabe, Robin Murray; Sydney, Australia: HammondCare Media; 2014 ISBN 978-0-9875828-4-3

Pain has been described as the hidden epidemic. One in five people suffer from chronic pain and so clearly it has a wide impact on our community. Behind the numbers is something that is often harder to see, and that is the impact of pain on the individual. Chronic pain takes its toll on the body and it almost always affects the way a person thinks and feels. For some, the effect is so overwhelming that they even question whether life is worth living.

Among the one in five people in our community who experience chronic pain are people with spinal cord injuries. If you have had a spinal cord injury, unfortunately your chances of having chronic pain are even higher than in the general community. Studies from Australia and around the world have shown that around two out of every three people with a spinal cord injury are experiencing ongoing pain of some sort. In one third of these people, the pain is severe. Many people with a spinal cord injury rate dealing with pain as one of the most difficult consequences of their injury.

If you have a spinal cord injury and pain, this book is written for you. It provides the latest information about our understanding of what causes the pain. It also provides information on how pain works generally and what that means for how we can control it. The book also describes the different types of pain that occur following spinal cord injury and the most up to date information on the best treatments available. These treatments include a range of medications, procedures, skills and tools that are now known to be an important part of treating pain.

This book follows on from The Pain Book: Finding hope when it hurts and utilises relevant general pain information from the first book combined with new material written especially for people living with spinal cord injury pain and the people that support them.