CHRONIC PAIN is
"We look at the person experiencing the pain rather than the pain experienced by that person"
An overview of
chronic "neuro-musculoskeletal" pain
“Chronic pain is one of the most under-serviced health care problems in the world today, causing major consequences for the quality of life of the sufferer and a major burden on the health care system in the Western world."
Professor Harald Breivik, International Associate for the Study of Pain, 2004
Chronic pain affects around 1.7 billion* people worldwide - that's almost 30% of the world's population. It is defined as "pain that continues for longer than is expected for the condition, usually three months", and cost the Australian economy in 2012 alone an estimated $55 billion.
* Data and figures from World Health Organization
It has been put in the "too hard" basket for the conventional healthcare system, and treated simply as a disease that can be medicated or managed.
To heal chronic pain is to heal chronic stress
It is a profoundly transformative and empowering journey
At SCOPE, the first revolution is to redefine chronic pain as chronic stress! then as Sylviane says often we can...
..."look at the person experiencing the pain rather than just the pain experienced by that person"
Pain as well as fear are primal encoded alert signals that tell us something is wrong, that our well being and eventually our Life is in danger! It is a protective process and the onset of the stress response: These are bodily responses such as the release of Cortisol and increased load on the heart, muscle tension... and are both protective and adaptive in the short-term, but can cause damage if over-used. They are designed to be invoked when faced with acute situations and then ‘turned off’ – chronic stressors create a situation where these bodily responses are invoked too frequently, creating allostatic load. Long-term exposure to allostatic load lead to wear and tear of the body, bodily breakdown, and even diseases.
"...It is not just about the parts of our body that are in pain, but rather, it is a long-term disruption of our natural equilibrium" SGJ
People presenting with long term back pain, tension or joints problems understand their issues as a physical health problem, because they have been told that it is so.
With the help of a Scope practitioner, they discover that unresolved stresses, painful experiences, whether emotional challenges or physical injuries, create maladaptive physical, psychological and behavioral patterns. Over time it continues to translate not only into poor postural alignment, overloading the joints, creating muscles imbalances, wear and tear, discs problems, arthritis, migraines, sciatica, scoliosis, neuromsucular issues and more. It also influences our understanding of the self, our belief systems our relationships and our lifestyle.
Addressing these problems using Postural Psychotherapy has tangible and remarkable results and has already transformed the lives of many people.
Sylviane Gourdon.James gives inspirational public lectures, offers mentoring and life coaching, as well as running a private and successful clinic in Sydney Northern Beaches. She also travels across the globe to help people suffering with chronic pain. She has treated patients in France, Singapore, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Bali and Australia.
"But there is so much more to do," she says, "which is why I am now bringing The Scope Method to the world, not simply to train others in this method but to create the next generation of healers. They will be the leaders in the field, and as innovators will redefine 'health' across the world."