27 Oct 2021
Today, I think I found my new favourite person. Somebody whose experience and intellect I respect and look up to. I am confident that if you love listening to this podcast you’ll love him too.
And I’m going to put this out there. If you know anyone who works in the NHS. A nurse, doctor, physio, dietitian, administrator, manager, literally anyone. Gift them this book: THE PAIN-FREE MINDSET. Not just because pain is a silent epidemic affecting over 25 million people in the UK alone, but because this book is just as much about how we change our approach to healthcare from one of purely patient service, to one of patient empowerment. And this eloquently written book describes how, with an open mind, how we all can create transformative change for patients and ourselves.
Dr Deepak Ravindran is an NHS consultant in pain medicine and what he describes as an ‘upstreamist’ with a trauma informed approach to pain practice. As you’ll hear today, he takes a truly holistic, trauma informed and integrated approach to pain management, who has a deep appreciation for the role of lifestyle, nutrition and the overlap between pain.
He has over 20 years of experience in Pain Management and is Clinical Lead in Pain Medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, UK. He is also one of the very few consultants in the UK who holds triple certification in musculoskeletal, pain and lifestyle medicine.
Today we’re going to learn all about Pain. The origins of pain, how pain is your brains interpretation of nociceptive signals and how, specifically in chronic pain, this can be affected by nutrition, emotional history, experience, childhood and many other influences. Foods for pain, supplements, psychological therapies and more.
Strap in, because this is going to be a fantastically useful podcast, and I do hope you share it with loved ones, friends and family.
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A huge thanks again to Dr Deepak Ravindran for coming onto the podcast - what an amazing guest and such an incredible podcast - the book is fantastic and I highly recommend it to you. The subject of pain management is so interesting and the approach that Dr Deepak is taking here is fascinating- so much for us all to learn.
A couple of links that we spoke about on the show are noted below:
Dr Deepak Ravindran is an ‘upstreamist’ with a trauma informed approach to pain practice. He has over 20 years of experience in Pain Management and is Clinical Lead in Pain Medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, UK. He is one of the very few consultants in the UK who holds triple certification in musculoskeletal, pain medicine and lifestyle medicine. He is completing his Honours degree in Management at Henley Business School and has recently been shortlisted for the Apprentice of the Year by CMI (The Chartered Managers Institute). Dr Deepak Ravindran is a speaker and podcast host of the channel Pain Speak and author of Amazon Best Seller “The Pain Free Mindset”. This book is aimed at patients suffering with pain but also immensely useful for all healthcare professionals in understanding all the recent advances around pain management in a trauma informed manner.