Episode 81:

Pain Science Basics 

with Neil Pearson

In part 1 of a 3 part series about yoga and pain science, Mado talks with Neil Pearson, a physiotherapist and yoga therapist and one of the editors of the book, Yoga and Science in Pain Care about the basics of pain science. 

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Episode Highlights

This week’s episode kicks off a series of conversations about yoga and pain science with the editors of the book, Yoga and Science in Pain Care. The guest for part one in this three part series is Neil Pearson. Neil is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. Neil and Mado discuss the basics of pain science, the different ways we experience pain, how the yoga tradition views pain, and how this can be appealing to health care professionals. 

Listen to the very end of the episode for a chance to win a copy of Yoga and Science in Pain Care. All entries need to be submitted by midnight on Tuesday December 17th, 2019.

Included in this episode: 

  • Defining pain and the ways we can begin to talk about such a multidimensional experience.
  • The role of pain as protective mechanism from a pain science perspective. 
  • How yoga teachers can open a dialogue with health care professionals.
  • What science says about being a part of a community and the effect it has on pain.
  • Guidelines for yoga teachers who teach group classes to support and respond to students communicating some level of pain. 
  • Different relationships to pain as it related to wanting to achieve the more difficult/extreme asanas. 
  • How to learn more about pain science if you are interested in bringing it into your yoga teaching

Links and Resources

Neil’s website Pain Care U 

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