We Can Help

We understand that persistent pain care requires a multidisciplinary approach. Pain is complex, and so is the treatment. That's why we created Pain Care Collective, offering live and recorded practices with Yoga Therapists trained in the most up to date neuroscience of pain in addition to Pain Care Yoga.  Our team guides practices that integrate the body, mind, and spirit, create safety, and empower our members to find their own innate capacity to change their pain.  We are here to help you help your patients. 

Integrating Pain Care for the Whole Person

Current understanding of the neuroscience of pain suggests that the brain and nervous system play a much more significant role in persistent pain than we once thought.  Instead of pain primarily representing an “issue in the tissues”, we now know that pain is actually a perceptual process that integrates input from multiple sources in order to alert us to danger.  If we are able to increase safety, pain decreases. The practices of yoga are powerful tools for finding safety in not only the body, but also the mind, and spirit. And the practice offers just that, practice. This makes yoga a powerful tool for changing pain.

Doctor and Patient

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THE PROBLEM

  • Patients need frequent support from a biopsychosocial approach and clinicians have limited resources.  As one approach alone usually does not work, clinician burnout in managing persistent pain is common despite their deep desire to help.

  • Clinicians are unfortunately also often limited by the medicolegal and insurance based clinical framework within which they practice, which further limits their capacity to address the complex contributors to pain 

  • Pain literacy is rare in patients , which creates barriers to understanding that changing pain requires the patient actively participating in the process.

  • Resources that could likely help are not always accessible to patients

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HOW WE HELP

  • Pain Care Collective is founded on pain literacy and spreading the message that pain neuroscience supports the idea that any individual has the capacity to change persistent pain through mind body approaches.

  • Pain Care Collective also acknowledges that pain care requires consistent practice, and offers creative and versatile approaches from a biopsychosocial spiritual approach that are accessible, financially feasible, and inclusive

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WHO WE HELP

  • Patients with complex persistent pain that has not responded to conventional physical interventions

  • Patients with pain that has not been attributed to a known underlying physical etiology, or pain that is out of proportion to the known physical diagnosis

  • Patients with pain who can no longer take opioids or have failed medical management

  • Patients who are interested in changing their pain and thriving, rather than just managing pain.

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"Using yoga therapy to help [patients] connect body and mind has been life changing at times and allows my patients to find different, gentle avenues for healing. "

— Dr. John Stracks

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.

" [Yoga Therapy] facilitated self-regulation, stress reduction, stress management, and resilience, resulting in positive changes in physiological (psychological, emotional, behavioral, and physical) outcomes."
"Yoga interventions are intended to alleviate suffering by promoting overall well-being, quality of life, and flourishing in one's particular life circumstances."
"The profession of yoga therapy has within its scope of practice effective methods for addressing social, behavioral, and spiritual determinants of health, as well as long-term management and self-management." 

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.