Mindfulness and pain – Alison Bale
There is a clear overlap between persistent/chronic pain and mental health.
Around 40 per cent of people with chronic pain report psychological distress, most commonly anxiety and/or depression.
Chronic pain can be secondary to a long-term illness. Or it can be primary – chronic pain is the diagnosis. And in some people, it can be both.
With pain, everything matters. It has biological, psychological and social components.
Alison Bale trained originally as a chiropractor and has worked with people in chronic pain for 20 years. She trained in mindfulness initially as an adjunct to her chiropractic work, and now focuses on how mindfulness can support people living with chronic pain.
In this talk, Alison will explore:
- The evidence for using mindfulness to manage pain
- How mindfulness helps
- Some mindfulness-based exercises.
The talk will be aimed at those who use mindfulness in their work, poeple who experience chronic pain, and those who care for them.