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Conquer Chronic Pain: An Innovative Mind-Body Approach

The focus of this book is on helping people to live effectively with chronic pain by addressing how the mind interprets pain and how a negative social, emotional or physical context to the pain can act as a barrier to recovery.

The author, a physician working with people experiencing chronic pain, uses patient stories throughout the text as autobiographical narratives that bring the book alive. The opportunity for one patient to tell her story leads to the realisation that the constant stress and hectic schedule she was living with were negatively contributing to her experience of pain.

The need to address emotional pain to prevent it progressing is explored. The more negative the emotions, the more pain is experienced. This leads to more negative emotions, creating a vicious cycle that hinders the ability to cope.

The book contains 18 exercises to help the individual break the cycle of chronic pain including breathing exercises, mindfulness approaches, and achieving a balance between exercise and rest.

Despite the target audience being people who are living with chronic pain, this book is written in an accessible manner and will also appeal to

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