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The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability offers comprehensive webinars on chronic pain management.  In this session, Dr Ingrid Federoff explains that pain isn't all in your head, but that psychological factors do affect the likelihood of your recovery so are worth paying attention to.

Here are eight of Dr Federoff's key points to help you in your own care and when working with others:

Christiana is hypermobile. She was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in 2009 and had been bed-ridden and unable to work since. Christiana wanted to find a balanced level of energy to sustain daily activities and to learn to use her body in a safe way to build strength. Christina’s osteopath agreed that Yoga for Pain would be a good way for Christina to take control of her body and create new habits to build physical and emotional resilience.

Pudendal neuralgia and yoga with Vanessa WatsonVanessa was told she had Pudendal Neuralgia, which had given her seven years of excruciating pelvic pain that made it impossible for her to sit. Pudendal neuralgia is inflammation and compression of the pudendal nerve in the pelvis. While considered rare, it can occur after childbirth or trauma to the pelvis. Vanessa attended Yoga for Pain  and learnt to manage her pain, reduce visits to the physio, and do things she never dreamed possible.