This is what practitioners are saying about Alison’s presentations:
The Beyond Mechanical Pain seminar presented by Alison Sim provides a fascinating and current ‘state of play’ on chronic pain management. In addition to a wonderfully distilled overview of chronic pain pathophysiology, Alison provides an invaluable multi-disciplinary, case-study approach to chronic pain management applicable for all in the allied health sector.
As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, I found the discussions on functional re-training and multi-disciplinary engagement to be particularly valuable. Alison charts a way forward for even the most recalcitrant of chronic pain cases utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach spanning cognitive behaviour therapy through to exercise rehabilitation. Alison presents complex concepts in an easy to understand way and approaches a typically sombre topic with enthusiasm and optimism. I left with a new approach and a toolkit of invaluable resources. I strongly recommend attending this seminar. Chronic pain management will only be effective if everyone is on the same page.
Warrick Chilton, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Lecturer in Exercise Science & Clinical Exercise Physiology
I enjoyed Alison’s straight forward and practical discussion about those “chronic pain patients” that we don’t have all the answers for. I feel I have gained a far greater understanding of the mechanism of the chronic pain cycle, and therefore another piece in a very large puzzle of how to achieve the best outcomes for this group of my patient base.
Melanie O’Shea, Osteopath
Arguably the most useful, clinically relevant information you’ll get in a 3 hour period. It’s the information many practitioners think they know, but invariably don’t. Will change how you think about chronic pain patients. Highly recommended!
David Birley, Osteopath
Alison Sim’s seminar “Beyond Mechanical Pain” was informative, thorough and enjoyable! It was a great refresher for me on the science and physiology of longstanding pain and gave me useful insights regarding the best way forward.
Participants were directed to a number of evidenced based, easy to use practical resources which are very helpful in sorting through the various aspects of such cases for both patients and practitioners alike.”
Belinda Needham, Osteopath
Thank you for an informative, insightful and clinically relevant course over the weekend! The material presented was easy to understand, and able to be integrated immediately into practice. It’s only Monday morning and I’ve already implemented some of the tools we spoke about. For anyone who wants to get a better grasp on the neuroscience of pain, and more importantly, what we can do about it, I highly recommend Alison Sim‘s courses. Beyond Mechanical Pain makes content that can often be dry and difficult easy to swallow, and real world applicable. Well done Alison – this should be compulsory material for allied health professionals in my mind!!
Claire Richardson, Osteopath
I attended the workshop yesterday (16/05/2015). Before the workshop I had (what I like to think) a really good grasp of the neurobiology of pain and the process behind behaviour change (thanks to almost a decade in the fitness industry and reading material on motivational interviewing). During the day, which encompassed a review of pain education for patients from the 3 hour pain seminar, I learnt from a clinical neuropsychologist how to elicit change in thoughts, emotions and behaviours surrounding pain using a CBT approach that is within the scoped of osteopaths, which was extremely insightful, useful and practical (I’ll start using this information tomorrow). The workshop also rounded up with a review of mindfulness and ACT for pain management – which is a really exciting and emerging area. Now I feel so much more confident in utilising my knowledge to help anyone in pain, not only your typical “chronic pain patients”, but those who have built up certain beliefs and behaviours around their pain (which is almost everyone). I can’t think of many single day workshops that will give you anywhere near the amount of practical, life changing information at a reasonable price. A++ highly recommended
Nick Efthimiou, Osteopath
Attended the inaugural BMP workshop today…learnt much valuable material and for someone who doesn’t like role play, it was really helpful to play the role of both patient and practitioner and see what default patterns, behaviours and language both roles use when speaking to each other. Every seminar I attend with BMP and Alison Sim, I learn so much more and deepen my understanding of chronic pain which helps me with this challenging area of practice. This is valuable and potentially life changing for chronic pain patients. It was great to learn more about verbal and change management strategies we can use to aid in this process. This is a complex area of practice and to access well thought out, practical and informative workshops like BMP are becoming essential tools for practitioners with an estimated 20% of the population being affected by chronic pain. Thanks Alison for the wonderful and lively day and also to Dr Jo Sherry for her valuable contribution. Thanks also to team Sims for the wonderful catering!
Kate Caine, Osteopath