change is as good as a holiday

Saturdayachievement-activity-adolescent-347135 shopping after children – be woken up at 5:00am, wait hours for the shops to open – Bunnings, Aldi and Kmart – done by 8:30am.

Things have changed.  The activity is the same (i.e. shopping), but the occupation is different. In simple terms, the who, what, when, where, and how of getting the job done.  It’s the same scenario when we are faced with pain that won’t go away.  A massive life changing event or sequence of events has occurred that leaves us struggling.

If we keep trying to do everything the old way, the way we used to, the way we think we should, or other people think we should then how can we expect pain to change?

We can spend thousands on treatments, read books and articles and take courses on understanding pain, but ultimately, it comes down to altering how we tackle the everyday that makes it count.

It’s not ‘common sense’, but it makes sense.  The way we do our every day activities is going to impact heavily on pain levels.  WE can contribute an enormous amount to our own recovery. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days each year. It adds up, doesn’t it?

So start considering your options.  Think about the who, what, where, when and how in terms of impact on pain and improving your health and well-being.  You can do this.  Start now.

The beatpain app offers a range of strategies to tackle the everyday needs. Not exercises, not treatments – occupations. Beatpain. Love Life Again.

The dirty words…

backbone-blur-check-721166Degeneration. It sounds like such a dirty word. I often here people with pain justify pain’s existence by describing the findings of a scan. Disc desiccation, narrowing of the disc space, loss of disc height, stenosis, bulges, protrusions or one of my personal favourites ‘bone on bone’.

What does all this really mean though?  And why does degeneration cause pain?  Well here’s the thing.  Pain isn’t caused by degeneration. We all started to ‘degenerate’ from the day we were born – wrinkles, greying hair and saggy bits and pieces and yet aren’t painful, right?

Pain is a response to threat.  So if you’re told you’re degenerating, it sounds pretty threatening.  It’s no wonder our pain increases or sticks around.

How about we think less about rotting away until we’re in the grave, and more about living well – warts n’ all.  It’s a huge step in turning the table on pain.  Download the Beatpain app to discover the next steps to living well. Beatpain. Love Life Again.


Beatpain is here!

I am so excited to share with you the fact that the mobile application I have been working on, providing everyday strategies to assist with reducing the negative experience of persistent pain, is ready for download!  It feels amazing to have accomplished such a great outcome.

An incredible product because of the incredible input from this fabulous team:


Julie Misson – Make it APPen


Ø  Joanna Bartel, Graphic Designer

Ø  Carol Bishop, Speech Pathologist, Multimedia Speech Pathology

Ø  Steve Bishop, Voiceovers

Ø  Warwick Ford, Senior Educator

Ø  Thea Grenfell, Health Promotion Practitioner

Ø  Christine Hawkes, My mum.

Ø  Aleksandra Karwaj, Senior Occupational Therapist

Ø  Emily Plunkett, Senior Social Worker

Ø  Dr Alana Schuurs, Clinical and Health Psychologist

Ø  Cambell Shaw, Marketing

Ø  Nicole Taylor, Occupational Therapist

Ø  Alison Thomason, Senior Occupational Therapist

Ø  Dr Sarah Watts, Psychologist



Jump on board now so we can Beatpain together –once and for all. Download, share with friends and if you can spare the time, rate the app online.  Hooray!