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Yoga, Physical Therapy, Mind-body Therapies

Pain Science – Yoga – Life

Bridging neuroscience and yoga for pain care

£29.95 GBP / $40.00 USD Free delivery in the UK and USA

Internationally renowned pain experts Lorimer Mosely and David Butler welcome publication of Pain Science – Yoga – Life…

As a pain scientist and educator, I regularly sit on the cutting edge with the very people driving scientific revolutions. The very best moments however, are those shared with true champions, striving for better outcomes at the coalface. Marnie and Niamh are two such champions – applying sharp minds and generous hearts to serve, with integrity, intent, kindness and care, those they treat. And here they both are – yoga within the context of contemporary scientific understanding of pain? That sounds pretty good to me.  Lorimer Moseley

Yoga is at least 5,000 years old. Pain sciences are maybe 40 years. Both areas offer each other enormous resources and wisdom for the benefit of mankind. ‘Pain Science – Yoga – Life’ promotes the numerous practical and novel ways yoga and pain sciences are potentially made for each other.  David Butler

 

Pain Science – Yoga – Life combines the neuroscience of pain with yoga philosophy and practice for pain care. Rooted in evidence-based practice, this book is a unique blend of the science of pain, the art and science of yoga and its practical application. It aims to bridge the gap that exists between a person in pain and their ability to move beyond suffering and back to life.

Part One sets the foundation for pain science fundamentals, the Eight Limbs of Yoga, as well as mindfulness practices to aid in shifting perspectives and enhance interventions for those struggling with persistent pain.

Part Two delves into key dimensions of pain and its care such as, perception, emotions, physical contributions, exercise, and sleep. Each chapter has three sections:

  1. Headspace: presents a review of pain neuroscience and yoga research related to each dimension.
  2. Out of the Head and onto the Mat: translates information from ‘Headspace’ into an experiential practice on the yoga mat.
  3. Off the Mat and into Life: demonstrates how to extend knowledge and practice into daily living.

 

 

Click the Mandala to flip through some of the beautiful pages from Chapter 1 ‘How pain works: Deepening roots of pain science knowledge’.

 

 

 

Pain Science – Yoga – Life is a valuable resource for healthcare and yoga professionals, and is designed to deepen pain science knowledge and skills in the use of yoga for pain care. The combination of scientific information along with practice sections will enable professionals to directly apply the information in the clinic or studio. This book will also engage anyone who has an interest in deepening their understanding of pain and the use of yoga to gain resilience in the face of pain.

 

Niamh Moloney and Marnie Hartman joined host, Elizabeth Larkam, to talk about pain and about how yoga practice can interrupt pain and support a return to normal life in this episode in our free webinar series Moved to Learn! Share this unique learning experience here…

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Part One

Chapter 1 How Pain Works: Deepening Roots of Pain Science Knowledge

Chapter 2 Yoga: Roots of Yoga and How it Pertains to Pain

Chapter 3 And This Too: Shifting Perspectives Through Mindfulness Practices

 

Part Two

Case Study: Meeting Phillip

Chapter 4 Thoughts, Beliefs and Pain

Chapter 5 Emotions and Pain

Chapter 6 Physical Aspects and Pain

Chapter 7 Perception and Pain

Chapter 8 Exercise and Pain

Chapter 9 Sleep and Pain

Conclusion

 

Appendix 1 – Meditation and Pranayama

Appendix 2 – Asana

Glossary of Scientific Terms

Glossary of Brain Areas and Spinal Cord

Glossary of Yoga Terms

 

Nils Oudhuis MSc, Creator of Trust Me, I’m a Physiotherapist; Co-Founder of Trust Me-Ed
I think this book is very important for people practicing or considering practicing yoga for pain care. The pictures look beautiful and the text is very clear and interesting to read. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions in our wider community that the body is fragile and must be protected, especially when pain is present. Yoga is a perfect movement practice for healthy joints and a healthy back and Niamh and Marnie explain how we can approach movement with a sense of deeper exploration to effectively use movement well within pain care. They also share how common thoughts and beliefs about our body may negatively influence our progress but how using yoga and mindfulness practices may foster more balanced, positive mindsets in pain care optimising recovery. I would recommend this book to all those teaching yoga or using yoga as therapy as well as healthcare professionals wishing to use yoga as part of pain care.
 

Kent Fyrth, MCSP, MMACP, SEP,  JEMSTutor, Elphinston Performance Ltd, Cardiff

Overall, I found this book was well-presented, thoughtfully structured and easy to read. The content was informative, delivered holistically and reflected current research with extensive referencing throughout. The applications to patient pain management are easily transferable to practice, whether you are an experienced yoga practitioner or not, and most readers should discover some take-home information, for personal use as well as with their patients.

The aim of this book has been to integrate current pain science with the philosophy and practice of yoga and then to provide examples of how this may be applied in practice with patients in pain. This is no small undertaking and I think the experience and efforts of the authors have been largely successful, resulting in this useful and commendable text.

The initial three chapters form a foundation that is interwoven throughout the rest of the book. The first chapter summarises current pain science, including nociception and pain models, while the second introduces yoga practice with a description of the Eight Limbs of yoga, of which asana and pranayama may be the most familiar to non-devotees. The third chapter introduces mindfulness and how our thoughts may impact on the pain experience.

The following chapters present various aspects of contemporary pain science in relation to yoga practice, including thoughts and beliefs, emotions, physical considerations such as tissue physiology and movement, perception, exercise and sleep. They are summarised in a Pain Mandala, indicating the multi-dimensionality of the pain experience and the interrelatedness of the systems that they influence. Each chapter is structured into three parts: the first explaining the related pain science; the second taking this information ‘onto the mat’ into yoga practice; and the third providing examples of how this may be applied in daily life. The authors acknowledge that yoga practice is not currently fully supported by empirical evidence and that they have extrapolated the research data to suggest that potential beneficial effects may exist. A selection of examples and case studies have been provided throughout the text to help illustrate the relevance.

The book is aimed at yoga teachers and clinicians, or other interested parties. For those wishing to delve deeper into the different yoga practices, other sources may be more comprehensive, although some examples of guided meditations, breathing exercises and asana postures are presented in the appendix. For yoga teachers and those using yoga in their patient management, considerations for integrating current pain science into practice are provided. For those conversant with pain science this book will offer a different viewpoint in its application to patients in pain through the concepts of yoga philosophy and practice.

 

Australian Pain Society Newsletter, February 2021 – Review by Dr Alison Flehr PhD in Pain Medicine

Pain Science – Yoga – Life provides valuable insights into the power of yoga for pain care and the science in support of it. It also has the endorsement of some very well respected pain researchers whose opinions I value greatly. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone interested in pain medicine and management.

I very much enjoyed this book and welcome the bridging pain science with yoga therapy. Pain Science – Yoga – Life is a well set-out, approachable
and is a widely successful integration of pain science and research with yoga therapy and practice. Both authors are trained physical therapy clinicians as well as yoga teachers and therefore have the knowledge and lived experience of pain medicine and yoga therapy.

The first three chapters comprise an overview of our understanding of pain and introductions to the concepts of yoga, and mindfulness. This lays a strong foundation for the reader, irrespective of their familiarity with the subject matter, to carry with them throughout the rest of the book. Following these are the sections ‘Headspace’, ‘Out of the Head and Onto the Mat’, and ‘Off the Mat and Into Life’, all presenting their information in an easy to understand, relatable way.

The integration of pain science with yoga begins on the first page of Chapter 1 with an overview of pain and yoga concepts presented in a Mandala. The ‘Pain Mandala’ is visited in every chapter of the book and is effective in layering complex information into a more digestible format. Also, I particularly liked their ‘text book’ approach, where at the end of each chapter there are exercises for the reader to practice the concepts they have just read about.

Another technique that I thought particularly successful was the author’s use of case studies and their own personal experiences, scattered throughout the book and then revisited in later chapters providing a lived experience translation of the pain and yoga concepts being discussed. However, I feel this was also a missed opportunity by the authors. They could have been more inclusive of autonomic functioning, specifically the role of the vagus nerve, in their integration of pain science with yoga. Such content would have fit very nicely within the framework of the ’Emotions and Pain’ chapter as it is a critical component of emotional processing. Further to that, the outer layer of their ‘Pain Mandala’ is comprised of the ‘Autonomic nervous system’, the ‘immune System’, and the ‘Endocrine system’, all of which are under the influence of the vagus nerve; and there is certainly research available connecting vagal activity and functioning with the ascending modulation of pain and also with yoga. Lastly, I have personally found that an explanation of the vagus nerve as the information superhighway connecting the mind with physical sensations in the body invaluable in dispelling “it is all in my head” misconceptions.

Regardless, Pain Science – Yoga – Life provides valuable insights into the power of yoga for pain care and the science in support of it. It also has the endorsement of some very well respected pain researchers whose opinions I value greatly. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone interested in pain medicine and management.

 

5 ***** review from a physical therapist, Amazon, March 2021

‘The authors have made this a bright, detailed book with good pictures and figures accompanying the text. It is easy to read and follow whether you come from a medical background, are a yoga teacher; or as an individual with an interest in both. I could read it cover to cover in order of chapters with pain science and understanding the roots of yoga being the first two chapters. I really liked the way the authors use a mandala in the form of a lotus flower to break up the chapters. Each of these chapters provides detail on many aspects relevant to pain (especially persistent pain). Each chapter has a section on the application of these aspects with moving on to the mat; followed by a discussion on moving off the mat and into life. As a physiotherapist I am finding the book a great reference for helping educate patients about pain, make positive adaptive movement changes (with use of yoga asanas) and recognise the multitude of benefits that exercise brings. An amazing book that you will keep referring too (and it also has a very good mindfulness and asana (physical positions of yoga) appendix).’

 

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Niamh MOLONEY

Niamh Moloney PhD, MManipTh, BPhysio, SMISCP is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Yoga Teacher and Pain Researcher. She practices in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, but also holds an Honorary Fellow position with Macquarie University, Sydney, where she was previously a Senior Lecturer.

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Marnie HARTMAN

Marnie Hartman DPT, CSCS, RYT, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Registered Yoga Teacher.

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Pain Science – Yoga – Life

Bridging neuroscience and yoga for pain care

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Buy now

  Buy eBook >
View sample pages here

Internationally renowned pain experts Lorimer Mosely and David Butler welcome publication of Pain Science – Yoga – Life…

As a pain scientist and educator, I regularly sit on the cutting edge with the very people driving scientific revolutions. The very best moments however, are those shared with true champions, striving for better outcomes at the coalface. Marnie and Niamh are two such champions – applying sharp minds and generous hearts to serve, with integrity, intent, kindness and care, those they treat. And here they both are – yoga within the context of contemporary scientific understanding of pain? That sounds pretty good to me.  Lorimer Moseley

Yoga is at least 5,000 years old. Pain sciences are maybe 40 years. Both areas offer each other enormous resources and wisdom for the benefit of mankind. ‘Pain Science – Yoga – Life’ promotes the numerous practical and novel ways yoga and pain sciences are potentially made for each other.  David Butler

 

Pain Science – Yoga – Life combines the neuroscience of pain with yoga philosophy and practice for pain care. Rooted in evidence-based practice, this book is a unique blend of the science of pain, the art and science of yoga and its practical application. It aims to bridge the gap that exists between a person in pain and their ability to move beyond suffering and back to life.

Part One sets the foundation for pain science fundamentals, the Eight Limbs of Yoga, as well as mindfulness practices to aid in shifting perspectives and enhance interventions for those struggling with persistent pain.

Part Two delves into key dimensions of pain and its care such as, perception, emotions, physical contributions, exercise, and sleep. Each chapter has three sections:

  1. Headspace: presents a review of pain neuroscience and yoga research related to each dimension.
  2. Out of the Head and onto the Mat: translates information from ‘Headspace’ into an experiential practice on the yoga mat.
  3. Off the Mat and into Life: demonstrates how to extend knowledge and practice into daily living.

 

 

Click the Mandala to flip through some of the beautiful pages from Chapter 1 ‘How pain works: Deepening roots of pain science knowledge’.

 

 

 

Pain Science – Yoga – Life is a valuable resource for healthcare and yoga professionals, and is designed to deepen pain science knowledge and skills in the use of yoga for pain care. The combination of scientific information along with practice sections will enable professionals to directly apply the information in the clinic or studio. This book will also engage anyone who has an interest in deepening their understanding of pain and the use of yoga to gain resilience in the face of pain.

 

Niamh Moloney and Marnie Hartman joined host, Elizabeth Larkam, to talk about pain and about how yoga practice can interrupt pain and support a return to normal life in this episode in our free webinar series Moved to Learn! Share this unique learning experience here…

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Part One

Chapter 1 How Pain Works: Deepening Roots of Pain Science Knowledge

Chapter 2 Yoga: Roots of Yoga and How it Pertains to Pain

Chapter 3 And This Too: Shifting Perspectives Through Mindfulness Practices

 

Part Two

Case Study: Meeting Phillip

Chapter 4 Thoughts, Beliefs and Pain

Chapter 5 Emotions and Pain

Chapter 6 Physical Aspects and Pain

Chapter 7 Perception and Pain

Chapter 8 Exercise and Pain

Chapter 9 Sleep and Pain

Conclusion

 

Appendix 1 – Meditation and Pranayama

Appendix 2 – Asana

Glossary of Scientific Terms

Glossary of Brain Areas and Spinal Cord

Glossary of Yoga Terms

 

Nils Oudhuis MSc, Creator of Trust Me, I’m a Physiotherapist; Co-Founder of Trust Me-Ed
I think this book is very important for people practicing or considering practicing yoga for pain care. The pictures look beautiful and the text is very clear and interesting to read. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions in our wider community that the body is fragile and must be protected, especially when pain is present. Yoga is a perfect movement practice for healthy joints and a healthy back and Niamh and Marnie explain how we can approach movement with a sense of deeper exploration to effectively use movement well within pain care. They also share how common thoughts and beliefs about our body may negatively influence our progress but how using yoga and mindfulness practices may foster more balanced, positive mindsets in pain care optimising recovery. I would recommend this book to all those teaching yoga or using yoga as therapy as well as healthcare professionals wishing to use yoga as part of pain care.
 

Kent Fyrth, MCSP, MMACP, SEP,  JEMSTutor, Elphinston Performance Ltd, Cardiff

Overall, I found this book was well-presented, thoughtfully structured and easy to read. The content was informative, delivered holistically and reflected current research with extensive referencing throughout. The applications to patient pain management are easily transferable to practice, whether you are an experienced yoga practitioner or not, and most readers should discover some take-home information, for personal use as well as with their patients.

The aim of this book has been to integrate current pain science with the philosophy and practice of yoga and then to provide examples of how this may be applied in practice with patients in pain. This is no small undertaking and I think the experience and efforts of the authors have been largely successful, resulting in this useful and commendable text.

The initial three chapters form a foundation that is interwoven throughout the rest of the book. The first chapter summarises current pain science, including nociception and pain models, while the second introduces yoga practice with a description of the Eight Limbs of yoga, of which asana and pranayama may be the most familiar to non-devotees. The third chapter introduces mindfulness and how our thoughts may impact on the pain experience.

The following chapters present various aspects of contemporary pain science in relation to yoga practice, including thoughts and beliefs, emotions, physical considerations such as tissue physiology and movement, perception, exercise and sleep. They are summarised in a Pain Mandala, indicating the multi-dimensionality of the pain experience and the interrelatedness of the systems that they influence. Each chapter is structured into three parts: the first explaining the related pain science; the second taking this information ‘onto the mat’ into yoga practice; and the third providing examples of how this may be applied in daily life. The authors acknowledge that yoga practice is not currently fully supported by empirical evidence and that they have extrapolated the research data to suggest that potential beneficial effects may exist. A selection of examples and case studies have been provided throughout the text to help illustrate the relevance.

The book is aimed at yoga teachers and clinicians, or other interested parties. For those wishing to delve deeper into the different yoga practices, other sources may be more comprehensive, although some examples of guided meditations, breathing exercises and asana postures are presented in the appendix. For yoga teachers and those using yoga in their patient management, considerations for integrating current pain science into practice are provided. For those conversant with pain science this book will offer a different viewpoint in its application to patients in pain through the concepts of yoga philosophy and practice.

 

Australian Pain Society Newsletter, February 2021 – Review by Dr Alison Flehr PhD in Pain Medicine

Pain Science – Yoga – Life provides valuable insights into the power of yoga for pain care and the science in support of it. It also has the endorsement of some very well respected pain researchers whose opinions I value greatly. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone interested in pain medicine and management.

I very much enjoyed this book and welcome the bridging pain science with yoga therapy. Pain Science – Yoga – Life is a well set-out, approachable
and is a widely successful integration of pain science and research with yoga therapy and practice. Both authors are trained physical therapy clinicians as well as yoga teachers and therefore have the knowledge and lived experience of pain medicine and yoga therapy.

The first three chapters comprise an overview of our understanding of pain and introductions to the concepts of yoga, and mindfulness. This lays a strong foundation for the reader, irrespective of their familiarity with the subject matter, to carry with them throughout the rest of the book. Following these are the sections ‘Headspace’, ‘Out of the Head and Onto the Mat’, and ‘Off the Mat and Into Life’, all presenting their information in an easy to understand, relatable way.

The integration of pain science with yoga begins on the first page of Chapter 1 with an overview of pain and yoga concepts presented in a Mandala. The ‘Pain Mandala’ is visited in every chapter of the book and is effective in layering complex information into a more digestible format. Also, I particularly liked their ‘text book’ approach, where at the end of each chapter there are exercises for the reader to practice the concepts they have just read about.

Another technique that I thought particularly successful was the author’s use of case studies and their own personal experiences, scattered throughout the book and then revisited in later chapters providing a lived experience translation of the pain and yoga concepts being discussed. However, I feel this was also a missed opportunity by the authors. They could have been more inclusive of autonomic functioning, specifically the role of the vagus nerve, in their integration of pain science with yoga. Such content would have fit very nicely within the framework of the ’Emotions and Pain’ chapter as it is a critical component of emotional processing. Further to that, the outer layer of their ‘Pain Mandala’ is comprised of the ‘Autonomic nervous system’, the ‘immune System’, and the ‘Endocrine system’, all of which are under the influence of the vagus nerve; and there is certainly research available connecting vagal activity and functioning with the ascending modulation of pain and also with yoga. Lastly, I have personally found that an explanation of the vagus nerve as the information superhighway connecting the mind with physical sensations in the body invaluable in dispelling “it is all in my head” misconceptions.

Regardless, Pain Science – Yoga – Life provides valuable insights into the power of yoga for pain care and the science in support of it. It also has the endorsement of some very well respected pain researchers whose opinions I value greatly. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone interested in pain medicine and management.

 

5 ***** review from a physical therapist, Amazon, March 2021

‘The authors have made this a bright, detailed book with good pictures and figures accompanying the text. It is easy to read and follow whether you come from a medical background, are a yoga teacher; or as an individual with an interest in both. I could read it cover to cover in order of chapters with pain science and understanding the roots of yoga being the first two chapters. I really liked the way the authors use a mandala in the form of a lotus flower to break up the chapters. Each of these chapters provides detail on many aspects relevant to pain (especially persistent pain). Each chapter has a section on the application of these aspects with moving on to the mat; followed by a discussion on moving off the mat and into life. As a physiotherapist I am finding the book a great reference for helping educate patients about pain, make positive adaptive movement changes (with use of yoga asanas) and recognise the multitude of benefits that exercise brings. An amazing book that you will keep referring too (and it also has a very good mindfulness and asana (physical positions of yoga) appendix).’

 

Paperback, eBook
978-1-912085-58-3
1
230
36 line drawings; 49 photos, all full colour
246x189
Published
12 August 2020
Handspring Publishing

£29.95 GBP / $40.00 USD

Yoga, Physical Therapy, Mind-body Therapies

Niamh MOLONEY

Niamh Moloney PhD, MManipTh, BPhysio, SMISCP is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Yoga Teacher and Pain Researcher. She practices in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, but also holds an Honorary Fellow position with Macquarie University, Sydney, where she was previously a Senior Lecturer.

Read More ›

Marnie HARTMAN

Marnie Hartman DPT, CSCS, RYT, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Registered Yoga Teacher.

Read More ›

You may also be interested in:

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