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article imageReview: 'How To Beat Pain' Special

By Alexander Baron     May 28, 2012 in Health
This half-hour documentary may have a humorous take on it, but if you suffer from extreme pain, you might like to take it seriously.
The boob tube may subject us to a constant diet of rubbish, but the occasional diamond in the dirt - like this one - more than compensates for it.
Pain is something we all have to endure at times, and the older we get, the more we have to endure, and at times the worse it gets. In addition to its purely physiological effects, it can at times have devastating psychological ones including depression and in extreme cases, suicide.
Although there is nothing new in this programme, the young at heart will like the approach of fun loving academics Jack Kreindler and Greg Whyte. Among other things they take a young mother who suffers from chronic back pain and a somewhat elderly man who suffers badly from that most universal of old age maladies, arthritis. After putting them through their paces for a relatively short period of time, they both show dramatic improvements in their conditions.
This programme is a lot more fun than wading through a text book, and because of that its lessons are more likely to be learned and acted upon.
How To Beat Pain was screened recently by BBC1; for those who can receive it, it can currently be found on iplayer.
More about Pain Relief, Arthritis, sports injuries, Dr Jack Kreindler, Professor Greg Whyte