Our Approach

Pain is never primarily a biomechanical problem. Rather, it's a product of the brain. This is why our approach to improving pain centers around the nervous system. When your nervous system is happy, pain decreases. To learn more about our approach, continue exploring below. 

We Can Help

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Pelvic/abdominal pain
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Cancer related pain
     
  • Ehlers-Danlos
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
     

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What is Yoga Therapy?

PCC is an online yoga therapy studio.  This means our team is highly trained (with over 1000 hours of training per therapist) and all team members are IAYT certified yoga therapists.  Our yoga therapists are also Pain Care Yoga trained, meaning they have received speciality training in pain neuroscience in addition to specific applications of the practices of yoga to pain care.  You can learn more about our founders here.  Learn more about the integration of yoga in pain care in this article posted in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy in 2020.

The Science of Yoga Therapy

Exercise and meditative-based yoga programs decrease pain more than exercise alone.

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Cramer, H. Klose, P., Brinkhaus, B., Michalsen, A. and Dobos, G. (2017) "Effects of yoga on chronic nck pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis." Clinical Rehabilitation 31, 11, 1457-1465

Link to Abstract here

Nine week yoga based intervention increased perception of control over health, more active use of coping strategies, enhanced participation in life activities. 

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Cramer, H., Lauche, R., Haller, H et al. (2013) "'I'm more in balance: A qualitiative study of yoga for patients with chronic neck pain." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 19, 6, 536-542.

Link to Abstract here

Yoga serves as a pain management strategy while also improving mood, stress management, relaxation, and self-efficacy for pain related care. 

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Keosaian J. E., Lemaster, C. M., Dresner, D. Godersky, M. E. et al (2016) "'We're all in this together': A qualitative study of predominately low income minority participants in a yoga trial for chronic low back pain" Complementary Therapies in Medicine 24, 34-39.

Link to Abstract here.  Link to interventional study here

Decreasing memory related fear of movement decreases pain.

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Nijs J, Lluch Girbés E, Lundberg M, Malfliet A, Sterling M. "Exercise therapy for chronic musculoskeletal pain: Innovation by altering pain memories." Manual Therapy. 2015 Feb;20(1): 216-20. 

Link to Abstract here

Pain education decreases pain and increases function.

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Lee H, McAuley JH, Hübscher M, Kamper SJ, Traeger AC, Moseley GL. "Does changing pain-related knowledge reduce pain and improve function through changes in catastrophizing?" Pain. 2016 Apr;157(4): 922-930. 

Link to Abstract here

Mindfulness meditation significantly attenuates pain through multiple, unique mechanisms.

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Zeidan, Fadel, and David R Vago. “Mindfulness meditation-based pain relief: a mechanistic account.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences vol. 1373,1 (2016): 114-27. 

Link to Abstract here. Link to full text here.

Yoga significantly improves pain, fatigue, and depression and QOL in Fibromyalgia patients.

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Langhorst, Jost et al. “Efficacy and safety of meditative movement therapies in fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.” Rheumatology international vol. 33,1 (2013): 193-207.

Link to Abstract here.

Yoga therapy, over self care, decreases headache intensity, frequency, medication, & anxiety/depression use in migraine sufferers

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John, P J et al. “Effectiveness of yoga therapy in the treatment of migraine without aura: a randomized controlled trial.” Headache vol. 47,5 (2007): 654-61. 

Link to Abstract here.

Self management is recommended for optimal pain care.

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Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. National Academies Press (US), 2011.

Link to Abstract here.