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Written by Fiona Beard of Harrogate Pain Management Clinic

Here we are in February finding ourselves having to cope with yet another lockdown with the uncertainty of not knowing how long it is likely to last. All of us our finding life tough, from trying to coordinate working from home with homeschooling, to losing our livelihoods and family to COVID19.

But as human beings each of us has the innate ability for survival, and we all have existing strengths to enable us to work things out.

Resilience is not just your ability to “bounce back” but your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, and to not allow your negative thoughts to derail your efforts.

So how can we all stay strong and keep moving forward?

Believe in your abilities and embrace the changes you are having to make - flexibility is essential in these uncertain times.

Keep optimistic - positive thinking does not mean ignoring the problems you face, it means understanding that setbacks are temporary, and you have the skills and abilities to combat the challenges you face.

Identify the things you can control and celebrate the small wins.

Take action - simply waiting for the problem to go away, simply prolongs the issue. So focus on the next steps you have to take , rather than the amount of work that needs to be accomplished.

Seek support - as it’s a sense of community that enables true resilience.

Nurture yourself and make time for activities you enjoy. Now more than ever it is important to take care of ourselves.

So I thought whilst we were on this topic, it might be useful for me to introduce myself and explain how I came to set up Harrogate Pain Management clinic

I have always been interested in health and what made people well, so I started my journey of discovery, training to be a nurse to find out more.

However I discovered plenty of reasons why people were sick, and although many of them recovered, did we really enable them to thrive?

I then looked to the Pharmaceutical industry, to see if the latest research and medication could be the answer; setting up my own sales and marketing company, managing experienced sales teams working on specialised hospital projects throughout the UK. Whilst undoubtably a number of drugs are life savers, many people experienced side effects and found themselves taking multiple drugs for their symptoms, but still not feeling healthy and well.

So it took a life changing event for me and my family, to finally find the answers to how to become healthy and well.

Emergency back surgery in 2001 resulted in me spending months in hospitals, spinal rehabilitation centres and years of physiotherapy to cope with the physical damage from the surgery, but still reliant on large doses of controlled drugs, epidurals and spinal nerve blocks, just to get me through each day.

Having spent 14 years lying flat on my back, with no other options for recovery, following conventional medicine, I started researching for a different way forward

I was amazed to discover that our body has an innate ability to heal itself, and by identifying the root cause of illness through Functional Medicine; by addressing this (rather than treating symptoms) health could be restored.

Implementing the principles of Functional Medicine within my own healing journey, not only enabled me to understand and manage my pain (no longer requiring medication or interventions to control it), but got me walking again after 16 years, and gave me the drive and passion to learn more.

So I trained to become a Functional Medicine Health Coach, to share what I had learned and to support others suffering from chronic pain.

My goal is to enable all patients with chronic pain (regardless of their diagnosis) to manage their pain, regain their health and lead the life they want to live.

Harrogate Pain Management Clinic was established to offer individualised care and support for all on their road to recovery.