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Research and ReadingMindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing


Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and also enhances the body’s natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.
Mindfulness for Health is based on a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of spinal injury. Taught at Breathworks in the UK – and its affiliates around the world – this programme has helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress. Breathworks’ pioneering approach is praised by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Professor Lance McCracken of King’s College London.
The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. It is particularly effective for the biggest causes of pain – back problems, arthritis, migraine and diabetes but works equally well for cancer (and its associated chemotherapy), heart disease, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, labour pain and even tinnitus. You will be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving you able to live life to the full again.

Comment: This is the book which accompanies our Introductory Breathworks-based Mindfulness for Pain Management Course.

– Alison Salter, The Highland Chronic Pain and Whiplash Centre Founder and Manager

Living Well With Pain And Illness: Using mindfulness to free yourself from suffering: The Mindful Way to Free Yourself from Suffering

Vidyamala Burch has suffered with chronic pain for over 30 years due to congenital weakness, a car accident and unsuccessful surgery. She is now a wheelchair user. In this positive and reassuring new book, she identifies that it is our resistance to pain which causes it to be so distressing and miserable. We don’t want it to be happening to us, and we wish we weren’t experiencing it. 

LIVING WELL WITH PAIN AND ILLNESS is a practical guide to living with and managing chronic pain through the principle of mindfulness. By developing a calm awareness of your body and your pain, you can learn to let go of the frustration and suffering that you associate the pain with, and the pain will reduce.Vidyamala Burch uses easy-to follow breathing techniques and powerful mindfulness meditations which teach you how to live in the present moment. LIVING WELL WITH PAIN AND ILLNESS includes helpful illustrations, offers effective ways of managing chronic pain and is a must-read for all sufferers.

You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter

In You Are the Placebo, Dr Joe Dispenza – a world leading neuroscientist – explores the history, the science and the practical applications of the so-called placebo effect.  Is it possible to heal by thought alone – without drugs or surgery? The truth is that it happens more often than you might think. The many amazing cases studies will empower you to personally use ‘the expectation of a particular outcome’ to alter your internal states – as well as external reality – solely through the action of your mind. You Are The Placebo combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioural conditioning and quantum physics to demystify the workings of the placebo effect…and show how the seemingly impossible can become possible.

Comment: Dr Joe Dispenza is renowned for healing his partially paralysed body following a motorbike accident, solely through the power of the mind. Day by day, he lay in his hospital bed and visually reconstructed and healed the vertebrae of his spine in his mind. I took Dr Joe Dispenza’s techniques and adapted them to heal my own body to relieve holding patterns and tension. I have since used these techniques to help other people move on from physical trauma. These techniques are combined with those from the Breathworks Mindfulness Model and are delivered in our unique Mindfulness Courses.

– Alison Salter, The Highland Chronic Pain and Whiplash Centre Founder and Manager


The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

“Buck up.” “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “Don’t ruin everything.” When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in–and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame–are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author’s website:

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit

Crooked Angels

Crooked Angels traces how memories of terror and neglect from childhood became stored in a woman’s muscles. A fit, healthy and successful journalist wakes one summer’s morning to discover something is terribly wrong, unable to move she is seized by a cage of pain. Her condition defies diagnosis until she enlists the help of a wise osteopath who begins to uncover the history and terror from her past which her body has stored and remembered for her. ‘The story of your life, your history is written in your body.’ In a personal account of the link between past and present, body and mind, the author gradually discovers the root of the illness. As forgotten memories and old injuries are slowly unlocked so too does the body begin to recover. This startling narrative tells of recovery through persistence, a change of heart, and the beautifully captured voice of a frightened – and irrepressible – child.

Comment: I recently read Carol Lee’s book. There are striking similarities between our stories to recovery through Osteopathy. I made contact with Carol and I am very proud to say that she supports the work of the Highland Chronic Pain and Whiplash Centre and joins us in our campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of Osteopathic and Mindfulness treatment in the treatment of trauma. I feel this book will resonate with most people who find their way to this Centre, hence why I have placed it at the top of this reading list. Carol has very kindly offered her book at a reduced price of £5 to anyone enrolling on our Treatment Course. Several of the quotations on this website are taken from this book.

– Alison Salter, The Highland Chronic Pain and Whiplash Centre Founder and Manager


Power vs Force

David R. Hawkins details how anyone may resolve the most crucial of all human dilemmas: how to instantly determine the truth or falsehood of any statement or supposed fact. Dr. Hawkins, who worked as a “healing psychiatrist” during his long and distinguished career, uses theoretical concepts from particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory to support his study of human behavior.

The Power

Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power. Perfect health, incredible relationships, a career you love, a life filled with happiness, and the money you need to be, do, and have everything you want, all come from The Power. The life of your dreams has always been closer to you than you realised, because The Power–to have everything good in your life–is inside you. To create anything, to change anything, all it takes is just one thing…THE POWER.

The Surrender Experiment

Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life’s perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

Spirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts, and views about the soul often leads to confusion. To reconcile the noise that clouds spirituality, Michael Singer combines accounts of his own life journey to enlightenment – from his years as a hippie-loner to his success as a computer program engineer to his work in spiritual and humanitarian efforts – with lessons on how to put aside conflicting beliefs, let go of worries, and transform misdirected desires. Singer provides a road map to a new way of living not in the moment, but to exist in a state of perpetual happiness.

The Power of Now

To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to show us how to silence our thoughts and create a liberated life.

Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of The Power of Now.

Stillness SpeaksStillness Speaks

Now, in this new life-transforming book, we are shown how to become our true selves by embracing silence and stillness. When we are no longer limited by our thinking mind, suffering and pain disappears and we are able to move towards a new understanding of our relationships, of nature, and of the profound wisdom that is to be found in stillness.

Osteopathy for Children

(Synopsis courtesy of Churchdown Osteopaths)

Osteopathy is becoming increasingly well known for the treatment of babies and children. This book explains clearly and simply how physical strains picked up during birth may affect children for many years.

These strains may cause some very common physical symptoms such as excessive crying, feeding difficulties, and sleep problems in babies.

They may also contribute to problems as the child grows such as behavioural problems, low immunity, aches and pains and much more.

The book also explains how osteopathy can be of benefit to mothers during and after pregnancy. A useful book for those wanting to know more about how osteopathy can help babies and children.

Understanding Infant Colic – An Osteopathic Perspective

by Clive Hayden MSc DO MSCC

(Information courtesy of Churchdown Osteopaths)

This 28 page booklet explains the different causes of infant digestive disorders, and how to recognise the difference between the symptoms of reflux, infant gut irritability, lactose intolerance and allergy. It explains different management for each cause including for parents in handling the child, medical management and how osteopathic treatment can help.

The booklet is aimed at parents trying to help their child with colic, but would also be a useful reference book for osteopaths, midwives and health visitors who need to advise parents on the management of infantile colic.


Relevant and Recent Osteopathic Research:

For Research in the field of Mindfulness please click here.

Cranial Osteopathy and General Osteopathy :

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Osteopathy versus Cranial Osteopathy:

General Osteopathy:

Diabetes and Osteopathy:


Specific Adjustment Technique theses By Angela Haines-Wangda of The Canadian School of Osteopathy – Tom Dummer: His Contribution to Osteopathy Through Body, Mind and SpeechClick Here to View


Cranial Osteopathy Research (with specific focus on colic/reflux/sleep problems/breastfeeding and neonatal care):

Cranial Osteopathy and Infantile Colic:

Cranial Osteopathy and Sleep in Babies:

Osteopathy and Lactation Difficulties:

Osteopathy and Neonatal Care:

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