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    Practical Guidance to

    Overcome Chronic Pain

    Knowledge + Understanding = Empowerment. Find out how simple lifestyle changes & muscle release techniques can make a dramatic difference to quality of life. There is life after chronic pain.

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    Trigger Points Self

    Treatment Techniques

    Discover simple, safe & pain free ways to release trigger points. Join the thousands of self treaters & professionals who have discovered effective ways to turn off trigger point pain - fast!

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What You will Learn

  • Self Help for Chronic Pain

    We believe that you are the best person manage your health. Understanding = empowerment + positive action.

  • Treat Your Tigger Points

    These are huge cause of muscle pain - and they're often overlooked. Find out more...

  • Mind Body Connection

    Learn techniques for pain relief without surgery or medications. More...

  • Muscle Releases

    Safe, painless techniques for releasing spasms and tension in muscles.

  • Lifestyle Changes

    Posture, nutrition, stretching, exercise - these are all key to getting back your normal life after chronic pain

  • Education for Professionals

    Education for massage therapists, physios and physicians to help them help people with muscle & joint pain. More...

Current Videos

  • Pain Sensitisation

    Over the decades spent treating chronic pain, I've slowly come to realise that one of the KEY causes is Pain Sensitisation. Watch this video to find out more...

  • My Story

    Following a serious hangliding crash where I nearly died, I then had 6+ years of back pain. My journey out of chronic pain was the motivation to create this site - and help others do the same.

Overcoming Chronic Pain

Chronic pain seldom has a 'magic bullet' one shot solution. When someone has been in pain for 6+ months it's seldom just one thing they need to look at. The good news - there are some simple lifestyle changes that you can make that can have a powerful and dramatic effect on your quality fo life. Below are some of the key areas most people need to address to overcome chronic pain.

Choose an Area

  • Area I - Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Area II - Mind Body Connection
  • Area III - Restorative Sleep
  • Area IV - Exercise & Endorphins
  • Area V - Posture & Workspace

I - Myofascial Trigger Points

Trigger points are tiny micro-spasms in your muscle. They are part of a natural mechanism in your body that switches on to protect you - then doesn't switch off.

The fascinating thing about a trigger point in your muscle is that it causes pain in predictable pattern - and this pain can sometimes be far from the site of the trigger itself - and it can at times be quite severe.

Fascia is the glue that holds all the joints and muscles of your body together. It smooths out movements by coordinating the individual muscles into groups which pull together. (And it stops your insides from falling out onto the road.)

Trigger points are a neuromuscular dysfunction. This means that the pain and stiffness they cause comes from the interface between nerve and muscle. It is quite possible to switch the trigger off using simple techniques you can learn to do yourself. Find out more....

II - Mind Body Connection

A group of people can have the the same underlying problem on xray or MRI – for example damage to the disc in your spine. However one of the most fascinating things is that everyone presents with their own unique blend of symptoms.

So one person will wake up free of pain and the pain increases over the day- they need to lie down to relieve it. The next person will be pain free during the day and will be woken at 2 am with excruciating pain.... & so on. The patterns of pain are all different and all unique to each individual.

So therefore there must be something else which is more important in causing pain than the disc, the joint, the muscle, ligament. What can it be?

Click here to explore this concept further - because understanding this is the key to understanding, managing and curing chronic pain.

III - Restorative Sleep

Sleep is a vital part of getting out of chronic pain. However, when you do have pain, solid natural sleep can be difficult to come by.

There are several things you can do to increase your likelihood of getting a good night's sleep. This practice is known as sleep hygiene.

The first important thing is to make your preparation for sleep a habit. This means you do the same things at the same time every day.

Firstly, you need to make sure you've done some exercise during the day. If you are recovering from an injury or have a disability, this exercise can be as gentle as walking to the post box and back. Doing some for of physical activity during the day will mean that your body is more primed to rest at night. It's best practice to have no tea, coffee or caffienated drinks after lunch.

Start your preparation about 1 hour before you are due to go to bed. Click here to find out more...

IV - Exercise & Endorphins

Endorphins are our body's natural painkillers. Producing them is a crucial part of overcoming chronic pain and decreasing the reliance on medication for pain.

Endorphins are produced naturally when we exercise. However, if you have been in pain for months or longer, it can be difficult to exercise. This produces a downward spiral. The pain prevents exercise, which then leads to poor sleep, less endorphins and more pain. Which in turn decreases exercise and so the cycle continues.

Fortunately there is a way to break out of this negative spiral. It involves creating an aerobic incremental exercise program.

What does this mean? It means that you do gentle aerobic exercise, and gradually increase it each day. Until you get to the level where your body will be naturally producing endorphins again. Click here to find out more...

V - Posture & Workspace

Poor posture is a major cause of muscle pain that can last for weeks, months or even years.

Why do so many people get pain from their posture? One main cause is the rise of the office job. Sitting for 8+ hours a day is a very new thing in human culture - and unless you take some precautions back, neck and shoulder pain is quite common.

One of the common mistakes with posture is the 'head forward' position. This causes tension in the neck and shoulders, and can also influence breathing. Stress breathing is also a common cause of tension in the shoulder girdle. Click here to find out more about this common posture mistake.

There are now many tools you can use to make your workspace a better and safer place to work. These include ergnomic mouse & keyboards, standing desks, specially designed chairs and back rests. Click here to find out some of the better options.

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What Our Readers Have to Say

  • Sandra Pilet

    "After 2 years of pain in my leg and having spent $1000’s of dollars in treatment for multiple theories I came across your website and instantly recognised my problem. No thanks to pain specialists and other practioners with no knowledge of trigger points.

    “After the first treatment I noticed a difference. Now I am able to sit down without having to jiggle around in pain. "

  • Tina Wattle

    "I have spent lots of time, mileage and money on all of these doctor visits and none of them gave me as much information and (finally) some relief on my trigger point pain and numbing as you have.

    “I finally became so frustrated that I gave up on doctors and began researching my symptoms on the internet. I don’t know how I became so lucky to have stumbled upon your site."

  • Kevin Gallant

    "Hi Jonathan I love the course so far …the course has helped me a lot, I never had any douth after trying a few of your free techniques, that they really worked. I have a lot less pain now after just using it a few times.

    “Best of all Jonathan I have helped a couple of my friends with their shoulder pain and they could not believe that they were pain free after being sore for so long . To me just being able to help a friend was worth more than money can buy. Thank you so much for such a great course."

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Life After Pain Courses

As our readers have asked for more detailed information, we've created practical courses to help people in chronic pain (and professionals treaitng people in pain) to get their life back. These courses go step by step over the key areas to address including: exercise, nutrition, posture, trigger points, dry needling, neck pain, shoulder pain, & the mind body effect. Click here to find out more...

About the Site

  • Biography

    After Dr Jonathan Kuttner had a serious hangliding accident above the cliffs of his home coastline, he had 6 years of back pain. This lead him to specialise in the treatment of chronic pain in muscles and joints.

  • Philosophy

    This site is for people who want to get better. While being in pain makes life more difficult, that doesn’t mean you need to stop living life. Positive attitude and consistent action are the most important factors in getting better.

  • Motivation

    At Life After Pain.com we believe passionately in the power of knowledge and understanding to empower people to take action - and regain their lives.

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