What Is Pain Management Coaching?

 

Peter Winslow | Life Coach
Peter Winslow | Life Coach

Peter Winslow became a life coach after his recovery from a severe accident and diagnosis of a form of spinal arthritis. Today, Peter Winslow is an author, motivational speaker, and pain management coach who helps people overcome the daily challenges of living with chronic pain.

Chronic pain stemming from an accident, autoimmune disorder, or other illness can significantly impact a person’s life. Managing chronic pain often includes major lifestyle changes and treatment plans which can initially be overwhelming. In many circumstances, people may also experience shifts in their personal and professional lives due to chronic pain. Many turn to coaches for pain management resources and emotional support.

Pain management coaches are experts who help individuals dealing with long-term pain navigate the changes in their lives. Coaches employ a wide range of therapeutic strategies to help their clients cope with the emotional aspects of chronic pain and the recovery process. Coaches may assist their clients by sharing stress-reduction exercises and cognitive behavioral therapies to manage anxiety and other negative emotions that often accompany chronic illnesses.

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Research Bolsters the Mind-Body Connection

 

peter winslow (life coach)
Peter Winslow, Life Coach

A respected Arizona life coach, Peter Winslow enables clients to transform their lives, achieve goals, and face the world with renewed purpose and intention. One core facet of Peter Winslow’s practice as a life coach is the mind-body connection, whose underlying scientific research he explored in a recent blog post at PeterWinslow.com.

One study conducted by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine involved more than 80 Kosovo high school students who grew up in a war-torn region where virtually all residences were bombed and burned and one-fifth of the children lost at least one parent.

With all participating students experiencing symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, PTSD, and withdrawal and numbing, a number of techniques emphasizing the mind-body connection were introduced in small-group settings. These included biofeedback, breathing techniques, meditation, and guided imagery. In addition, activities encompassed movement, creative writing, and art. The result of this program was that students exhibiting PTSD symptoms decreased from 100 percent to less than 20 percent.

Another study by a Harvard psychologist determined that thinking about how old one is impacts feelings of being old or young and the way the body responds. Subjects placed in an environment from two decades earlier in their lives had a greater observed prevalence of appearing healthier and younger than before the placement. These disparate studies uphold the concept of the mind having an outsized impact on physical and mental wellness.