15 episodes

When it comes to chronic pain, everyone has a unique story to tell. But when it comes to the fears, doubts and struggles around pain, we all have much more in common. Join hosts Alan Gordon, LCSW (Founder of the Pain Psychology Center) and Alon Ziv as they respond to the experiences of real chronic pain sufferers and provide techniques based on the latest neuroscience to help listeners overcome chronic pain. Powered by Curable, an online program that teaches people to use evidence-based techniques to relieve chronic pain. For updates and more information about Tell Me About Your Pain, visit curablehealth.com/tellmeaboutyourpain

Tell Me About Your Pain Curable and Alan Gordon LCSW

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 721 Ratings

When it comes to chronic pain, everyone has a unique story to tell. But when it comes to the fears, doubts and struggles around pain, we all have much more in common. Join hosts Alan Gordon, LCSW (Founder of the Pain Psychology Center) and Alon Ziv as they respond to the experiences of real chronic pain sufferers and provide techniques based on the latest neuroscience to help listeners overcome chronic pain. Powered by Curable, an online program that teaches people to use evidence-based techniques to relieve chronic pain. For updates and more information about Tell Me About Your Pain, visit curablehealth.com/tellmeaboutyourpain

    What Is the Most Important Tool for Overcoming Pain?

    What Is the Most Important Tool for Overcoming Pain?

    Every chronic pain sufferer is searching for the key that will finally unlock their recovery. In the final episode of Tell Me About Your Pain, callers from all over the world share the tools that have been most effective in reducing or eliminating their symptoms. Alan and Alon also talk about the various techniques they’ve covered throughout the podcast, and Alan reveals the single concept that was most important in overcoming his own pain.

    • 31 min
    Why is 'No' the Most Important Word for Healing Pain?

    Why is 'No' the Most Important Word for Healing Pain?

    Alan and Alon talk to Christie Uipi, Director of the Better Mind Center, who recently participated in a groundbreaking study on the treatment of chronic pain. Christie explains how they treated the patients in the study and what the results mean for the future of chronic pain. Christie also talks about her own struggles with chronic symptoms (knee pain, wrist pain, stomach issues) and how she overcame them. Alan, Alon, and Christie discuss the power of 'No' - a word that's difficult for many chronic pain sufferers. And finally, Christie reveals what she thinks is the single most important thing for overcoming pain.

    • 37 min
    How Do I Teach My Brain to Deactivate My Pain?

    How Do I Teach My Brain to Deactivate My Pain?

    Fear is the fuel that keeps chronic pain alive. But as many pain sufferers know, it's hard to overcome that fear when it feels so powerful and so automatic. In this episode, Alan and Alon explain how to teach your brain to turn off the fear by introducing a new concept: corrective experiences and setbacks. Alan talks to Sue, who suffers from multiple painful symptoms, and Christie, who feels pain whenever she types. These sessions provide real life examples of corrective experiences and setbacks in action. Finally, Alan and Alon explain how you can use corrective experiences to help your brain unlearn the fear and deactivate your pain.

    • 31 min
    How Do I Feel My Emotions, and How Can That Help My Pain?

    How Do I Feel My Emotions, and How Can That Help My Pain?

    Alan and Alon talk about the role of emotions in chronic pain. They discuss the benefits of tapping into difficult emotions, and provide a simple and effective technique for doing so. Alan talks to Ginger and Chris who are having trouble connecting with their feelings, and he helps them feel their emotions in a safe way. Finally, Alan talks to Mandi and reveals the one emotion that every chronic pain sufferer needs to address.

    • 34 min
    I’m Trying So Hard to Get Rid of My Pain, Why Isn’t It Working?

    I’m Trying So Hard to Get Rid of My Pain, Why Isn’t It Working?

    Many chronic pain sufferers know the heartbreak of working so hard on their recovery, but not seeing any improvement. In this episode, Alan talks to Paula who's endured chronic headaches and dizziness for two years. Paula has tried everything from medication to meditation, but nothing has worked. Alan helps Paula realize that her approach has been the opposite of what she actually needs to heal. Alan and Alon discuss the common pitfall that's kept Paula stuck and explain how pain patients can get past it to finally find relief.

    • 38 min
    How Can I Heal My Pain by Making My Brain Feel Safe?

    How Can I Heal My Pain by Making My Brain Feel Safe?

    In this episode, Alan and Alon explain how making your brain feel safe deactivates chronic pain. Alan talks to Laura, a pain sufferer who's been in "danger mode" for many years. Due to her past experiences (getting bullied as a child) as well as the way she treats herself (pressure and anxiety), her brain feels very unsafe. Alan guides her through a somatic technique that calms her brain and puts it in "safe mode." Finally, Alan and Alon explain how you can use this technique to make your own brain feel safe, and overcome your pain.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
721 Ratings

721 Ratings

239621Jman ,

Helping with my back pain

I’ve been suffering from horrible back pain and radiating pain down my right leg for two years. A discectomy didn’t really solve the problem. This podcast was mind blowing in teaching me to address the pain from a different perspective. I’m in the process of doing the work — doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a quick fix for me — but I’m very hopeful now! Thank you! I wish I could work with these guys personally!

JasmineDiaz6 ,

Amazing

I stopped listening to this podcast after about four episodes because using what I learned, I was able to get rid of my pain. It feels like a miracle. I’ve been going to chiropractors and doing PT for a year to resolve terrible lower back pain that I was thinking I was gonna just have to deal with for the rest of my life. By reframing how I think about my pain and using the pain-imaging technique they suggest, I was able to get rid of pain when it cropped up and occurrences of my pain reduced and reduced. Now I feel the back pain maybe once or twice a day a few days a week at like a level two at most and I’m able to get rid of it using the technique. All this from not even 2 hours worth of listening! This podcast is incredibly impactful. Thanks for making it.

jeniferst ,

Tragic. Lack of knowledge of fascial lines

Just listened to “how can I tell if my brain is causing my pain”. Host tells person and live audience that gardening and vacuuming are the same - both postures hunched over. Not true. Gardening is involves forceful, stabbing into earth with arms and legs. Activates big muscles. For those with pains related to muscle groups that we work together, fascial tightness can result in wrong muscle groups being used for the activity. Small muscles along spine as opposed to big muscles. That’s what happens with vacuuming. It’s not what happens with gardening if you are digging. I’ve been working on my pain for six years with PT/bodywork person. She made me aware of this. Take a look at Meyers book Anatomy Trains – this is about relationship between muscles in the body and fascia that wraps them in groups. At another point in the podcast he says pain that moves around is a clue to it being brain pain. Fascial lines are connected to each other. Your pain moves around because different parts of your fascia become tight or restricted as you use your muscles. The only positive thing I would say about this podcast after sampling 2 episodes is that yes, fear of pain causes you to tense up. That’s true. I find if I accept that I am working on my pain and try to have a more relaxed attitude about it, I don’t compound it with tightening up my diaphragm/pelvic floor. But some of that is unavoidable because it’s sub- cortical. I have recently tried NMES device- very helpful. Would be the exact opposite approach to this podcast’s focus on your concious mind. ( btw I am just regular person not any kind of specialist and not paid by anybody to promote or disprove anything! Just a person still working on resolving pain.)

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