Very good and very worthwhile doing it.
The course has been very carefully constructed and I feel it would help someone who is in constant pain to find a positive way forward. But, of course, it is up to you to do it for yourself.
The course was very intuitive, i was able to take the steps and build them into a working plan for myseelf and was able to go from confining myself to my bedroom day and night to getting down stairs and playing with my daughters.
The course has helped me to understand a bit more about the causes and the management of pain. It also confirms much of what I already knew or believed: that reinforcement is good. It reminds me particularly of the value of stretching oneself physically, so I have been a bit more conscientious about walking and cycling regularly and often. I recommend PtP therefore.
My name is Reece Harding, I am 23 and live in Somerset. I am glad I did this course and would recommend it to anyone with long term pain because even though I had seen many different specialists and been in many different help groups, I still learnt new techniques,i could do as little or as much as I liked and could go back over what I had done so even if I was in too much pain to move or read I could continue or go over old subjects because the majority of it is watching simple videos and it was kind of nice when I couldn't sleep to switch on my laptop and see a friendly face and take my mind off my problems slightly.
I found the course very helpful. It was engaging and easy to follow. The advice was solid and in particular for me the stretching, relaxation and re thinking steps really have changed my view. I still get pain, but now I do not panic and can see that I will feel better again.
When Mr Collins asked me if I would like to go on this course I've got to be honest I thought it would be a waist of time. But how wrong was I . When I started it I can truly say I was in a lot of pain and didn't know what to do with myself. I couldnt do exercises which I can now. and I could not walk long before the pain would kick up. I have just come back from a short break and I can say we walked every day. I had a couple of times were I was in pain but I did the things I learnt on this course and got through it. All I can say is I can't thank the team enough for what they have done. I'm not saying I'm totally pain free but I can manage it better.
Of course I was skeptical when I heard about an online "pain management" course but I tried to approach it with an open mind even though those around me didn't take it seriously. The techniques and ways of thinking have really helped me moving forward. I now feel I have things I can actively do whereas before I felt powerless. My pain made me feel very negative but now even though that still happens I try to think about the course and what I could try to help me. I couldn't recommend this course highly enough - what do you have to lose?!
This course has helped me more than you will ever know. I had never practised any relaxation before this, however, it will be something that I continue with and will share with my family, it's unbelievable how it makes you feel. The stretching excercise's are really helping me and I am starting to feel a difference. I actually feel sad that the course has finished and would like to thank you all for giving me confidence and helping me to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
I was not sure to start with but it has helped me a little I can do more than I used to thanks .still in pain but I'm fighting it better now.
To be honest I didn't expect to get much out of this course but I've seen a small change in my depression mainly through the relaxation and meditation which helps with sleeping and taking the edge off my pain I know it's going to take time and patience but glad I was considered for this course and I will keep it up Thank you so much
Very good has helped me alot especially the stretching.
I have experienced pain over 40 odd years in my later years it has become more difficult to fight back and reclaim my life. I know in the near future I will need more surgery I know I have to try and accept that but I want to try and improve my life by other means e.g meditation relaxation etc I feel this is my last chance I cannot carry on living with this pain and its hold on me.
I was very pleased to try this course as I no longer feel alone with my pain and more confident and thank Gill for talking me into trying it.
The course has giving me confidence in resuming a normal life.
I've really enjoyed this on-line course. The exercises and meditation have been a great help. Although after suffering pain for several months I became run-down and tired but hope to overcome this in time. I have goals to attain which I hope will be possible over the next few months. Thank you again for putting me on this course.
Doing this course has taught me not to be scared of my pain and that there are things I can do to help myself. It has given me lots of information and techniques to try when I'm having bad days.
I have found the relaxation therapy really helpful the exercises have been a little more difficult. I have had to stop swimming at work as I suffered badly for 3 weeks afterwards with the pain from the fybromyalga, but my work has been very good about it. I hope to carry on with the meditation and exercise as much as is possible.
I wish to thank all the members of this team,I am going to try these methods hopefully it may help I'm still not good but will try . Gillian kaye.
I have found parts of the courses extremely helpful. thank you.
I have really enjoyed the course, it was a lot better than reading a leaflet because I felt a friendship with the people that were taking me through the course, so I didn't feel so alone. I have been doing a easy TaiChi and Qigong exercise that has helped me to pace myself more, instead of always rushing. I will continue doing daily exercise, breathing and meditation also the mindfulness of realising that PAIN DOES NOT MEAN TO DAMAGE! I would recommend the course to anyone, I have already told my family and friends about it. Thank you for your time, help and support.
I have found this course of great help in reinforcing exercises and information I have gathered over many years dealing with pain. Your meditation sessions will be of assistance as I go forward. I will try very hard to keep up with the information you have passed on. It was of great help to be able to undertake these sessions at home on line and not to have to make appointments and travel to various clinics. The fact that the programme is free and available to access when the course ends is amazing! I enjoyed listening to the various people who lead the sessions. I would recommend this course to anyone coping with new pain and chronic ongoing problems.
Catherine Howlett writes
I've been really happy with the outcome after having done this course. I found it extremely well planned and each session was always just long enough to keep one totally engrossed in what was being discussed. All advice was extremely helpful and relevant. As the course progressed I found my neck pain had lessened and by the end of the course I found that there were many days when I was not aware of it. I also found the meditations/mindfulness exercises invaluable and it was always good to come home in the evening and find the next session waiting with someone there to talk me through my problem. I will definitely be visiting the library often especially as I am now dealing with a troublesome IBS problem. My thanks to everyone for the tremendous help.
I was sceptical at first if the online course would work. I am so pleased I decided to do it. I felt as if the course was one to one. I felt I personally was being spoken to. I recommend people try it, it has benefitted me especially in the relaxation techniques,
I found this course very helpful as before it I couldn't pace myself correctly or relax the stretching exercise very helpful Barbara