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Mindfulness for Health Book Cover Mindfulness for Health
by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn't have to be this way. Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and also enhances the body's natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.

Mindfulness for Health is based on a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of spinal injury. Taught at Breathworks in the UK – and its affiliates around the world – this programme has helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress.

The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. You'll be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving behind a deep-seated love of life.

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Living Well with Pain and Illness Book Cover Living Well with Pain and Illness:
The mindful way to free yourself from suffering

by Vidyamala Burch. Piatkus 2008

"The book is a moving and compelling invitation to bring a radically new way of working with the fact of our pain. It is a book of enormous tenderness and honesty, offering wise guidance on how we can live with greater ease by turning towards what we most fear about our pain and suffering." Mark Williams, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

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Full Catastrophe Living Book cover Full Catastrophe Living
by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Piatkus 1996<

Based on Dr Kabat-Zinn’s extensive experience running the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centres in the USA. They run courses helping people with chronic pain and stress to manage their lives.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Book cover Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression:
A New Approach to Preventing Relapse

by Zindel V Segel, Mark G Williams, John D Teasdale. Guilford 2002

Integrating cognitive therapy principles and practice into a mindfulness framework.

Mindful Way Through Depression Book Cover The Mindful Way Through Depression:
Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

by J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Guilford 2007

Includes a guided meditation CD.

The Breathing Book cover The Breathing Book
by Donna Fahri. Holt 1996

Many of our health problems stem from, and are exacerbated by, poor breathing. This book offers a thorough look at how we breathe, problems we may have and their remedies. Includes exercises with instructions.

Heal Thy Self - Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine Book cover Heal Thy Self
Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine

by Saki Santorelli. Bell Tower, 2000

Saki Santorelli and Jon Kabat-Zinn founded a very successful stress reduction clinic in Massachusetts USA.

Pain Relief without Drugs - A Self-Help Guide for Chronic Pain and Trauma book cover Pain Relief without Drugs
A Self-Help Guide for Chronic Pain and Trauma

by Jan Sadler. Healing Arts Press, 2007. Previously published as Natural Pain Relief. Includes a 55 minute CD.

Based on proven methods for reducing and controlling pain, the book overflows with ideas, information and practical, simple techniques to reduce and gain control over pain. The foreword is by world-renowned specialist in the science of pain, Professor Patrick Wall.

The CD demonstrates useful and practical pain-relieving techniques. You can practise along with Jan, and enjoy healing relaxation and visualisation sessions.

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Pain - The Science of Suffering Book cover Pain - The Science of Suffering
by Patrick Wall. Phoenix 2000.

This is an interesting book from a scientific point of view. Before his recent death, Patrick Wall was one of the major researchers in the area of pain for over forty years and a leading authority on the subject.

Chronic Pain: The Complete Guide to Relief Book cover Chronic Pain: The Complete Guide to Relief
by Arthur C Klein. Constable 2001

An excellent book based on a survey of a thousand people who had devised methods to deal with chronic pain syndrome. It includes lots of good practical advice including some very simple physical exercises.

Coping Successfully with Pain Book cover Coping Successfully with Pain
by Neville Shone. Sheldon Press 2002

A helpful guide written by Neville Shone who has lived with chronic pain for many years.

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The Pain Management Plan

96 page book and includes a copy of the Deep Relaxation and Breathing Exercises CD.

Available from The Pain Toolkit  Store 
item-overcomingchronicpain-books Overcoming Chronic Pain

This self-help book is written by Dr Frances Cole who is a GP and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Available from The Pain Toolkit  Store 
PTK Your Pain Toolkit

Interactive workbook (download) for patients and healthcare providers to use together.

Available from The Pain Toolkit  Store 
Backcare, the Charity for Healthier Backs Logo Backcare, the Charity for Healthier Backs

An excellent magazine, help lines and so on are available for a small membership fee.

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