Guidance in Persistent Pain Management
Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor
What can I do for you?
Through my own experience with persistent pain, I understand that pain can have the power to impact many facets of your life - facets that are often not visible to others, and difficult to explain. In addition to impacting a person's movement and abilities, it commonly impacts sleep, relationships, finances, confidence, identity, and more. My journey with my own pain led me to expand my knowledge in the science behind why we hurt - and in particular, why we might hurt longer than we'd expect when we're given a seemingly harmless diagnosis of something like "back strain," or "ankle sprain."
Pain science is ever-expanding; we are learning more and more about the amazing complexity and resilience of our bodies each day! My approach to physiotherapy is strongly rooted in modern pain science. Part of what the science tells us is that all pain is real. Pain is not imagined, and it is not in your head. It is a very real physical and emotional experience. No matter how long your pain has persisted, the research tells us that all pain has the potential to change. When treatment is directed at changing the pain system, pain can and does decrease - there is hope!
You can think of our time together as a partnership, or as teamwork. When it comes to your symptoms, you are the expert. You are the one with the lived experience and the knowledge of what makes the pain system angrier or at ease. My role is to serve as a guide in helping you better understand your pain and symptoms, the factors that contribute to them, and help you bridge the gap towards the activities that you love.
If you are struggling with pain that feels like it is persisting longer than you thought it might, and/or if your pain is impacting your everyday function, mental wellness, confidence, identity, and abilities, I'd love for you to connect with me.
How else can I help you?
I have experience treating concussions, vestibular issues, complex pain conditions, and common musculoskeletal conditions including sprains, strains, and tendonitis. As a lover of rock climbing, running, and playing music, I also have a special place in my heart for helping people return to these activities, and recover from injuries related to them.
I completed my 200hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training through the Canmore Counselling Yoga Psychology school in 2019. I feel it's important not only to move the body ("working out") when addressing pain and injury, but to also look at how we might begin to "work in." Mindfulness, body awareness, and breathing techniques can often be helpful in managing symptoms and reducing unhelpful habits related to discomfort. As a registered yoga instructor, this is something I can help you learn - even if it's entirely new to you!
Want to know a little bit more about me?
I am the mother of a 19 year old cat, and I have a soft spot in my heart for tiny birds and poorly made horror movies. Running, hiking, yoga, rock climbing, and music are hobbies that feed my soul! I am fairly new to the island, so any and all trail recommendations are welcome.