Pain Coaching Project

Richmond Stace pain coaching
Richmond Stace

UP Pain Coaching Project

Free Pain Coaching to overcome your persistent pain

Understand Pain (UP) is offering 1:1 Pain Coaching sessions (face to face & Skype) and in small groups (4-5 people) for people suffering persistent pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). The programme has been designed and will be delivered by Richmond Stace, pain specialist, physiotherapist, pioneer of Pain Coaching and co-founder of UP. The project is supported by GSK and hence there are no fees for participants In return for providing this service, an anonymised transcript of your discussion will be shared with GSK.

Understand your pain and move on to live a fulfilling life

The project has two main purposes. Firstly, to deliver Pain Coaching to people suffering OA related pain to help them improve their lives, and secondly to study key moments in the conversations. For the latter, we will be recording the sessions, anonymising the transcripts and looking at the data. All the recordings and transcripts will be held securely according to GDPR regulations.

“Finding Richmond was the start of a journey that has gotten me back doing the things I love and most importantly, feeling myself, something which I didn’t think would be possible”.

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What is Pain Coaching?

Pain Coaching brings together the latest pain science and strengths-based coaching. Strengths-based coaching is a commonly used coaching model in sport and business that focuses on a person’s strengths to achieve results, in this case overcoming pain. In essence, it is about helping the person understand their pain and symptoms and how to move on to live a fulfilling life.

Pain Coaching gives you practical knowledge and skills to overcome pain and improve life. Overcoming pain means that it is no longer the dominant feature of your life. This is an active process, which is why coaching is effective and now being used in the NHS. You are placed at the centre of the process, clarifying what is really important to you and what you want to achieve. We then design a programme for you to follow, encouraged and supported by the Pain Coach.

For this programme, you will receive four sessions. They are practical so that you can take away the skills to use immediately. We will look at a number of interrelated areas including the purpose of pain, why it has persisted, how to desensitise, sleep, building wellness, movement, planning and periodising your day, resting, breathing, exercise, mindfulness, focus, peak performance and more. With this skill set, you will be set up to move on.

There is no treatment involved as this is purely a coaching programme that can sit alongside existing strategies.

Next steps

If you have OA related pain and want to sign up for your programme, email us here, putting ‘OA’ in the subject bar. We will then send you the forms to complete (consent, outcomes measures) and arrange the dates of your sessions.