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An Interview with Neil Pearson

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Neil Pearson is founder and director of life is now, a company that focuses on pain management and pain science education, through yoga, physical therapy and workshops. Neil works as a certified yoga therapist and a physical therapist, combining his extensive experience working one-on-one with people with persistent pain and working in multidisciplinary pain management clinics, with therapeutic yoga. Neal is a passionate and brilliant educator. His workshops include Anatomy/Physiology for Yoga as a component of yoga teacher and yoga therapist training programs, and Yoga and Chronic Pain. He is a clinical faculty member at the University of British Columbia, and he teaches post-grad courses for health care professionals in pain science, prevention, treatment and self-management. His book, Understand Pain, Live Well Again is popular with health care professionals to assist with educating their patients. Neil has also developed pain management courses for the public, titled Overcome Pain, Live Well Again. Pilot study findings, from his research team, support the effectiveness of this education for changing pain beliefs, negative thinking and self-efficacy, all of which are barriers to recovery. Neil is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Sciences Division, provides consultation services to Orion Health Pain Clinics in Canada, and lectures internationally.

 

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