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The Neuroscience of pain, with Dr Romy Sherlock, Director of Retraining Pain

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This week, Dr Romy Sherlock takes us beyond ‘issues in the tissues’ and into the neuroscience of pain: it’s not just about treating physical symptoms, but encompasses our use of language, the client relationship, and the way we deal with witnessing others’ pain. Brace for the traditional top tips for Personal Injury professionals, and an invitation to join the discussion.


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2:33 Romy’s interests and what led her to specializing in pain7:10 The neuroscience of pain12:48 Moving away from only treating the physical17:50 Use of language in treating pain21:31 How to deal with witnessing pain in others26:00 Polyvagal theory and its relevance to pain28:00 Client relationship as part of pain assessment30:52 Three top tips for Personal Injury professionals to use in their work35:20 Shabnam’s reflections37:00 Pain webinars


7:55 “It’s more than just ‘issues in the tissues’ sometimes we can’t make sense of why people have pain.”

11:33 “We need to ask ‘What is setting off your danger system?’ and ‘How do we help you create safety in your nervous system?’”

Free webinar on pain management run by Retraining Pain on 16 November 2021:

Guest: Romy Sherlock: Retaining Pain |

Presenter: Dr Shabnam Berry-Khan, Director of PsychWorks Associates

Editor: Emily Crosby Media