Overcoming Chronic Pain


Francis Cole, Helen Macdonald, Catherine Carus and Hazel Howden-Leach

Overcoming Chronic Pain is the work of three pain specialists, Cole, Macdonald and Carus, working as a team together with a learning technology adviser, Howden-Leach. Frances Cole and Helen Macdonald are both Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (Cole is a GP and Macdonald a mental health nurse), while Catherine Carus is a physiotherapist. Drawing on feedback from hundreds of pain patients, the four have brought their collective knowledge and wisdom to bear on the problem of chronic pain, helping readers to choose and learn skills to enable them to manage the worst aspects of their pain.

Overcoming Chronic Pain, a self-help book based on proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, can help you to understand your pain, what causes it and how best to cope with it.




This useful self-help guide is in two parts.

Part One will help you to understand your pain, what causes it and what its impact can be. Part One also describes the roles played in pain management by healthcare professionals, medicines and treatments.

Part Two introduces the self-help approaches advocated by the authors. Here you will learn how to deal with pain and its consequences, how to change your day-to-day lifestyle to make making progress easier. You will also learn strategies to help you return to work, or to continue working. In addition, diagrams in an appendix show sexual positions which can be comfortable to people with chronic pain.

Topics in Part Two include:

  • Setting goals
  • Getting fitter and being more active
  • Understanding sleep and sleep problems
  • Maintaining progress and managing setbacks

Overcoming Chronic Pain is a classic self-help guide now recommended by the NHS as part of its Books On Prescription scheme.

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Overcoming Chronic Pain is laid out beautifully and written by a team who know.

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