Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is an experienced yoga teacher, a yoga therapist and creator of the Pain Care Yoga training programs for health professionals and yoga therapists. Neil is founding chair of the Physiotherapy Pain Science Division in Canada, recipient of the Canadian Pain Society’s Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award, faculty in yoga therapist training programs and an author. Neil develops innovative resources, collaborates in research and serves as a mentor for health professionals and yoga practitioners seeking to enhance their therapeutic expertise. He is co-editor of ‘Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain,’ available Aug 2019.
In this conversation Neil Pearson and Kathryn Bruni-Young talk about the dynamic and complex nature of pain. Neil begins by defining pain and talking about some misconceptions we have when it comes to pain. From there they talk about the purpose of pain and how we can learn to move and teach in a way that doesn’t over catastrophize pain. Neil teaches us that pain and tissue damage are poorly correlated, except for when we have tissue damage in the skin, which really changes the way we experience pain. This conversation covers the basics that everyone should know about pain and how we can navigate our own experiences.