The Meaning of Pain

What it is, why we feel it, and how to overcome it

Nick Potter
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A book which offers a new understanding of the causes of pain, and how to manage them.

Nearly half of us at some point in our lives will suffer chronic pain. We go to the doctor, where the standard treatment on offer is either medication - which only masks the problem - or surgery - which can make things worse.

For osteopath Nick Potter, the reason why traditional medicine doesn’t work is because chronic pain often has less to do with twisted muscles and more to do with far deeper-rooted anxieties.

One of the leading experts on pain in all its forms, Potter has had 25 years’ clinical experience of treating people – ranging from elite athletes and hedge-funders to over-stretched families – who come to him with real symptoms and real physical pain for which there appears to be no root cause.

In this fascinating book, he takes us on a journey into biology, evolution and contemporary social behaviour and anthropology to examine our relationship with pain. He presents his own roadmap for wellbeing (including his acclaimed theory of breathing), along with success stories from the consulting room, and shows us how to spot the signs and break the vicious cycle of stress, pain and anxiety before the damage is done.

Author bio:

Nick Potter started training in medicine until a bad back injury forced him to rethink how exactly pain and injury work in the body. He has been an osteopath for 25 years and specialises in the treatment of injury by addressing the causes of pain.

Category: Health
ISBN: 9781780723907
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Short Books
Pub Date: August 2019
Page Extent: 224
Format: Book
Subject: Medicine