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Chronic pain impacts the lives of 1 in 5 people in Canada and 20% of the adult population in Europe. Chronic pain patients often suffer from depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, financial issues, and a lack of support as a result of their condition. If left too long, chronic pain can even result in physiological changes, such as a loss of grey matter in the prefrontal cortex. Despite this, there is a global lack of education and understanding around chronic pain, but Grant Connelly is on a mission to change this!

We’ve brought the founder of NeuPath Health onto the show today to share how his consortium of clinics across Canada is helping to reduce symptoms of chronic pain, increase the quality of life of their patients, and alter the way that medical professionals deal with this disability. Grant explains the variety of elements that make up the collaborative, multi-pronged, individualized approaches that NeuPath utilizes, and the numerous benefits of these forms of treatment! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • What Grant’s company, NeuPath Health, does. 
  • The virtual reality therapy options that NeuPath offers. 
  • Grant explains the difference between acute and chronic pain.
  • Treatment for chronic pain versus treatment for acute pain.
  • Most common areas where people experience chronic pain. 
  • How societal perceptions of chronic pain are changing.
  • The average age of patients coming to the NeuPath clinics. 
  • Why early intervention is key with chronic pain. 
  • How a lack of proper understanding of pain in part led to the opioid crisis.
  • Other approaches used at NeuPath to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain. 
  • Benefits of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program offered by NeuPath. 
  • How our diet can impact our experience of pain. 
  • The connection between our immune systems and our pain response. 
  • Examples of triggers that drive people to seek out treatments for chronic pain. 
  • Science behind acupuncture and massage as pain relief techniques.  
  • What makes NeuPath different from other clinics. 
  • A rapid fire round with Grant!

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