We encourage all of our patients to play an active role in their own health, healing and wellbeing – and a vital part of that is understanding your body, learning from the experiences of others, and finding pain management strategies that work for you.

We included a range of recommended resources below. Please let us know how you find them, or contact us if there are additional resources you’ve found useful that may be of interest to other patients.

Books and Aids

book1 Manage Your Pain: Practical and Positive Ways of Adapting to Chronic Pain
y Dr Michael Nicholas and others
Available from Amazon.
book2 You Pain Free

By Dr Jonathon Kuttner and Naomi Kuttner

Available from Amazon in e-book form. Easy to read.

Becoming the Shape of the Chair you Sit In

By Barbara Mawson, an experienced physiotherapist.

book4 Fix your back

Fix your neck pain headache and migraine

Fix your insomnia, anxiety and depression

Books by Dr Giresh Kanji, Auckland. Via his website

A website about managing and rehabilitating from back pain.
Look up “Pain” or “Persistent Pain”. Includes information about medication and other treatments.

Dr Jonathon Kuttner, a musculoskeletal specialist from Auckland, explains his own experience of chronic pain and offers some approaches to managing it including practical ways to treat your own trigger points and learn mindfulness practice.


Youtube and Vimeo

TED TALK, Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain
We think of pain as a symptom, but there are cases where the nervous system develops feedback loops and pain becomes a terrifying disease in itself. Starting with the story of a girl whose sprained wrist turned into a nightmare, Elliot Krane talks about the complex mystery of chronic pain, and reviews the facts we’re just learning about how it works and how to treat it.

Professor Lorimer Mosely: The Pain Revolution
Leading pain scientist Professor Lorimer Moseley explains the science behind ‘Explain Pain’ – and the good news for chronic pain sufferers. With fascinating examples and the latest research Lorimer explains how science is showing there are alternatives to drugs for many sufferers – and how it can be done. Produced by Help4backs – patient-centred education and support.

Understanding Pain
This short cartoon explores pain, the complexity of the nervous system and how this affects pain, and what you can do about pain for long-term health and wellness.


Useful Apps

Headspace is a wellness app built around the principal that a few minutes could positively impact your entire day. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple – where you’ll learn the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.