After an Injury, Chronic Pain Turned an Accident Victim into a Pain Coach

Thankfully, most of us don’t have to deal with daily chronic pain. Neither did Becky Curtis, until she was in a car accident that left her an incomplete quadriplegic. The medication that eventually dulled her nerve pain also made her dysfunctional. After attending a functional restoration program, Becky learned how the brain processes pain, and also learned that she wanted to help others in chronic pain.

MRI studies have shown that “what we focus on, we empower and enlarge.” Focusing on pain unfortunately just allows the brain to focus on pain even more. Pain coaching can change that by helping patients help themselves, as Ms. Curtis has taught in client centered programs, and at PAINWeek, the national conference on pain for frontline practitioners.

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