Pain management using SIRPA

Pain management using SIRPA™

Course overview

Is pain management enough or can we aim for resolution?
The aim of this one day workshop is to raise the awareness of the limitations of current biopsychosocial pain management paradigms and explore the suggestion that complete pain resolution and restoration of function is frequently possible. As a participant you will gain an understanding to enable you to to safely begin suggesting a possible psychophysiological cause to the clients, and to begin recommending some basic educational, and self-empowering suggestions for them.

You will learn how to identify when chronic pain is actually of a psychophysiological origin, and the tutor will demonstrate some of the evidence-based treatment strategies that can be used to help patients recover once this diagnosis has been made and accepted by the patient.

Throughout the day you will discuss current paradigms about the cause of musculoskeletal chronic pain and its management. In particular, you will explore the suggestion that chronic pain may be a maladaptive protective response, created by the brain and central nervous system as a result of the experiences and environment of the individual.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for any physical or mental health professional / student who is frustrated by the limitations of the current biopsychosocial model of pain management and is interested in finding out more about the psychosocial approach to pain resolution.

What will I learn?

This unique course is an introductory day aimed at providing you with an insight into a cutting edge approach that has seen thousands of people recover from chronic pain, rather than just ‘manage ‘ it. It will primarily be a theoretical, educational and discussion day, interspersed within the day with experiential use of some of the simple therapeutic strategies used within the SIRPA™ approach to pain resolution.

By the end of the workshop course participants will have a basic understanding of:

the neurophysiology underlying psychophysiological / stress-induced pain
how to identify a psychophysiological condition
some simple educational and self-empowering approaches that can be taught to help patients recover from chronic pain
the differences between the understanding and approach by Specialists in the tutors field and within NHS pain management clinics.
how this management approach can easily be integrated within manual and physical therapy modalities
And topics covered throughout the day will include:

The current accepted approach for chronic musculoskeletal pain and its limitations as far as the end-user is concerned
The anomalies we frequently see with our musculoskeletal patients and why we should be questioning them more
The reviewing of the evidence-base demonstrating the limitations of current practice in chronic pain management and why we should be considering psychosocial issues in relation to cause, rather than just affect.
Basic neurophysiology relating to chronic pain and emerging evidence related to this.
The stress response and how this relates to chronic pain and it’s resolution
The evidence-base around some of the simple, yet self-empowering strategies used within the SIRPA™ approach

How many hours CPD?

7 hours CPD
The day will run from 9.00 to 5.00 pm

Is the course assessed?


Other information

The course is purely for CPD and does not form part of the SIRPA™ course / certification process.
Pre course reading / literature
Prior to this course it is expected that the attendees will have read at least one of the following books:

John E Sarno MD: The Mindbody Prescription
John E Sarno MD: The Divided Mind
Georgie Oldfield MCSP: Chronic Pain: your key to recovery
Sirpa chronic painmind body prescriptionthe divided mind