There are many organisations producing useful resources, web- and app-based tools to help you understand more about what causes pain and how to manage it.

Here are a selection of resources our patients have found useful in the past. What suits your recovery will be different for everyone, but we hope you will find some of these helpful.


Understanding Pain and What To Do About it in Less Than Five Minutes

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Published on 25 Sep 2015

This video explains what we know about pain, how it is recognised by the brain, and what we can do to help reduce its effects. Although it is from America, it is still relevant to patients in the UK.

Why Things Hurt

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Published on 22 Nov 2011

A TEDx Adelaide talk. Pain expert Professor Lorimer Moseley talks about the neurobiology of pain - a little more in depth, if you want to know the details, but still entertaining and thought provoking.

Pain Toolkit

The Pain Toolkit is designed for people living with persistent pain, featuring twelve tools to help you manage your pain. There is a free version which gives a brief overview of the tools; the paid version is around £3.50 and contains more tips and information to help you to manage your pain. There are short videos about each of the tools in the Toolkit available here, or for the full site see the link to the right. The Pain Toolkit also looks at the pain cycle, which explains a little bit about how pain becomes a long-term problem for people.

The Pain CD

The Pain CD was developed by an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist. It is designed to help people who suffer from persistent pain which interferes with their mood, activities and relationships. You can listen to it or download it for free, or buy a CD - it is £2 including postage within the UK, or £3.50 outside the UK.

Pain Concern 

This is the website for the Scottish charity Pain Concern, which has lots of up-to-date information about pain management. Pain Concern is a charity working to support and inform people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals. They produce information on pain using a variety of media platforms, provide support to people with pain and those who care for them, raise awareness about pain, and campaign to improve the provision of pain management services. They also provide:

  • Pain Matters Magazine - You can sign up for a free trial of the Pain Matters Magazine.
  • Airing Pain - Pain Concern's Radio Podcasts. You can listen to their back catalogue on a variety of pain subjects and conditions. Since 2010, Airing Pain has brought together people with persistent pain and top specialists to talk about strategies and developments in pain care and living life to the full with pain. A unique service, Airing Pain has become an invaluable resource to people in pain, their families, carers and healthcare professionals. In 2014, over 134,000 people tuned into Airing Pain. You can listen to Airing Pain fortnightly broadcasts on Tuesdays at 8pm via www.ableradio.com. Podcasts are then available to listen through these is links. You can subscribe to the Airing Pain podcast on iTunes and through most podcast apps.

British Pain Society

The British Pain Society is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK. Today the British Pain Society has a membership of over 1,200 and is a representative body on all matters relating to pain. The British Pain Society aims to promote education, training, research and development in all fields of pain. It endeavours to increase both professional and public awareness of the prevalence of pain and the facilities that are available for its management.

Action On Pain

Action on Pain is a national UK charity established in 1998, providing support and advice for people affected by persistent pain.

Pain BC

Pain BC is a Canadian collaborative non-profit organisation made up of people in pain, health care providers, and leaders from universities, government, business and the non-profit sector. They provide a range of resources for both healthcare providers and those suffering persistent pain. Although based in British Columbia their advice is still relevant for those in the UK. They also have a podcast service called Pain Waves.

Live Plan Be

This is a free online self-management tool for people living with persistent pain. The name is a play on the concept of "Plan B" — the alternative we turn to when life doesn't turn out as planned. It was created by Pain BC in partnership with people living with pain and healthcare providers. Live Plan Be is funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Health. It has an online Pain Tool Box which helps provide support and information about pain.

My Care Path (for young people)

This is a site specifically targeted at children and young people suffering from persistent pain, and their parents/carers. This site has easily accessible information for  children, parents and schools, to help them understand and manage the impact of pain on young peoples' lives. Again, although developed in Canada, it has information relevant to young people in the UK. The link here also provides access to apps focused at young people that may help manage persistent pain.

Body In Mind

This is a research site into the role of the brain in persistent pain from the University of South Australia. The Chief Editor is pain expert Professor Lorimer Moseley. They aim to provide a credible and reliable channel through which clinical pain scientists can bring their scientific discoveries straight into the real world.

Pain Ed

A pain research website developed by leading pain researchers Peter O'Sullivan and Wim Dankaerts, Professors of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy; Kjartan Vibe Fersum, postdoctoral researcher, and  Kieran O'Sullivan, lecturer and Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. They aim to  inform both the public and healthcare practitioners about the latest pain research, to dispel common myths about pain, to provide hope for change and to bridge the gap between the science and clinical practice in musculoskeletal pain.

Arthritis Research UK

This site is targeted towards treatment, information and support for people affected by Arthritis. However, it also has some useful exercises and information to help manage pain in different parts of your body.

Mindfulness Training In Cumbria

Mindfulness practice is a method of meditation that some people find helpful in managing their pain symptoms. You will learn some of the techniques if you attend one of our Living Well Groups and can find support tools on our Mindfulness pages. The links below also provide access to other mindfulness training in Cumbria.
Breathworks Mindfulness
The Liferaft.org