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While it is common for health service professionals to measure the temperature, blood pressure, respiratory and pulse rates of their patients on a regular basis and at the earliest opportunity, if pain were routinely assessed with the same priority as the other vital signs then a great deal of unnecessary suffering, stress and anxiety could be avoided.
British Holistic Medical Association(BHMA)
The BHMA was formed in 1983 by a group of medical doctors and students. It is a membership organisation of mainstream healthcare professionals, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners and members of the public. Find out more about the BHMA HERE Join the BHMA HERE
Despite a number of government reports, recommendations and positive research published throughout a period of many years, very little has been done that has directly and positively affected people with chronic pain. People in pain need action NOW.
Pain management and treatment IS A HUMAN RIGHT and so is equal rights to access drug-free treatments Follow my efforts to make drug-free pain interventions accessible to all through the NHSHERE
Pain Association Scotland is a national charity that delivers professionally led pain management in the community. The Association provides a high quality staff led community based service for people burdened with all forms of chronic pain. Our service is specifically designed to target those in the community who are affected by Long Term (Chronic Painful) Conditions. We continue to address the non-medical issues which impact on people’s lives. The service is open to anyone regardless of diagnosis, at any time. Find the Pain Association HERE
Airing Pain is a series of Internet radio programmes produced for Pain Concern, the UK charity that provides information and support for the 7.8 million people living with chronic pain. Click HERE to listen.
Cross-party Group on Chronic Pain Scottish Parliament
The aim of the group is to raise awareness of how those with chronic pain are treated and to work for earlier and better care. The Group aim to raise awareness of the condition amongst parliamentarians, to influence legislation and policy makers in order to improve the lives of people affected. To access our Parliament page click HERE The Group’s minutes can be found HERE
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
Information and advice for people with pain, for families & carers as well as for healthcare professionals. Anyone can access the information here, you only need a password if you want to edit the site or join the pain management community. Click HERE
Did you know that some of the things we eat or drink can make pain and inflammation
better or worse? Some foods make blood pH more acid or alkaline (different parts
of our bodies have different pH values) and this has a direct effect on inflammation
and our immune system.
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An estimated 1 million peoplein Scotland,12 million in Britain and 150 million peoplein Europe suffer from chronic pain.¹ Around 80% of those suffer from musculoskeletal pain. That makes 800,000in Scotland, 9 million in Britain and 120 million in Europe.¹ Approximately 6% of people suffering from chronic pain have high intensity, severely disabling pain - that is 60,000people in Scotland, 720,000 people in Britain and a massive 9 million people in Europe.¹ Effective drug-free treatments already exist outside conventional NHS treatments and are used extensively by people who can afford them. Pain management and treatment IS A HUMAN RIGHT - so is the equal right to access drug-free treatments. Click HERE if you can and want to bring hope and help to take effective drug-free treatments to people suffering from pain.
¹ Developing a National Model for Chronic Pain Services in Scotland (Societal Impact of Pain Symposium), Scottish Government, 5 May 2010
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SIGN Guideline on Chronic Pain Management can be found HERE
New SIGN guideline on chronic pain management now recommends ‘manual therapies’ and manipulation (e.g. massage, acupuncture etc) for non-specific low back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis
A new NHS Scotland chronic pain website has been launched to support health professionals and patients with resources related to the new Scottish chronic pain model. It can be found HERE
Chronic Pain Resources
The effective treatment and management of pain requires an Integrated/Integrative and personal approach. (reasons outlined HERE). Here you will find information on many aspects of chronic pain, for patients and health professionals. Information about drug-free pain management and treatment ranges from treatment options, pain questionnaires, research, possible causes of pain, exercises, news, where to obtain practical support, government policies and much more. There are also lists of general CAM research related to chronic pain for academic search. As pain and other aspects of health are so interconnected, you will also find information about general health, nutrition, supplements, research and links to many other health resources. This website is continuously updated with more resources (about every week) so do come back frequently (this is the reason why there are some pages with ‘blank’ information - it is an indication that those subjects are going to be added soon). If you have any items you would like added on this website, please use any of the email or forms on the page.
- A Call to Action -
When you are unwell and in pain, and your GP diagnoses what is wrong with you, you are not expected to know which is the best treatment for that specific ailment. Yet, when you decide to use alternative, drug-free treatments, this is precisely what you are expected to do. You might end up spending a lot of time and money trying different therapies you’ve heard about from friends, on the news, magazines or the Internet until you find something that works (if it works). You should be able to receive accurate expert advice on how to manage your pain without the use of pharmaceutical drugs if you so wish.