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The Meaning of Pain: A new understanding of pain and how to manage it

Nick Potter



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Short Books
05 August 2019
Medicine; Pain & pain management; Sports injuries & medicine; Chiropractic & osteopathy; Popular medicine & health
Nearly half of us at some point in our lives will suffer chronic pain. We go to the doctor, where the standard treatment on offer is either medication - which only masks the problem - or surgery - which can make things worse.

For osteopath Nick Potter, the reason why traditional medicine doesn't work is because chronic pain often has less to do with twisted muscles and more to do with far deeper-rooted anxieties.

One of the leading experts on pain in all its forms, Potter has had 25 years' clinical experience of treating people - ranging from elite athletes and hedge-funders to over-stretched families - who come to him with real symptoms and real physical pain for which there appears to be no root cause.

In this fascinating book, he takes us on a journey into biology, evolution and contemporary social behaviour and anthropology to examine our relationship with pain. He presents his own roadmap for wellbeing (including his acclaimed theory of breathing), along with success stories from the consulting room, and shows us how to spot the signs and break the vicious cycle of stress, pain and anxiety before the damage is done.
By:   Nick Potter
Imprint:   Short Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781780723907
ISBN 10:   1780723903
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   05 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nick Potter started training in medicine until a bad back injury forced him to rethink how exactly pain and injury work in the body. He has been an osteopath for 25 years and specialises in the treatment of injury by addressing the causes of pain.

Reviews for The Meaning of Pain: A new understanding of pain and how to manage it

`The man who taught me how to breathe,' Sir Elton John `Nick Potter is an exceptional osteopath, and has an extraordinary ability to instantly know what I have been doing wrong physically to cause me pain and then alleviate it. I am certain that if I followed all his advice and did all the exercises he wants me to do I would never be in pain again. Unfortunately I am too lazy, which is why I'm booked in again with him next Thursday at 2pm!' Michael McIntyre `Pain - whether chronic or transient - is an insidious threat to mental well-being and emotional stability. In this excellent, well informed and optimistic book, Nick Potter applies his extensive experience and expertise to helping readers understand the experience of suffering from pain, and shows them that there is a surprising amount they can do on their own to address and manage it. It is a pleasure to read.' Professor Robert Bor, Consultant Clinical & Aviation Psychologist, Royal Free Hospital `Most medical adversity is short term. But chronic spinal pain, which is enduring and literally at the core of every movement, is for its millions of victims disheartening, disabling and disenfranchising of life. Nick Potter has distilled years of front line experience to provide an excellent resource that will equip his readers with an ability to regain control. Many I am sure will have cause to thank him.' Peter J HAMLYN MB BS, BSc, MD, FRCS, FISM Consultant Spinal and Neurological Surgeon `With his easy, flowing prose, Nick makes the science of pain understandable, dispels the myths and emphasises always the importance of attending to the equilibrium of the individual, by recognising and dealing with stress in all its forms... A book that is written from the heart by someone who is truly passionate about his subject and cares tremendously for his patients.' Dr Sean White FRCA FIPP FFPMRCA 'Thoughtful and provocative... Nick Potter is a brilliant osteopath and diagnostician.' Gail Rebuck

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