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Pain Service Early Information Classes


Last updated 09/10/2020

 you have been referred into the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Pain Service, you will receive an invitation to join one of our Pain Early Information Sessions. These sessions are run by members of our multidisciplinary team who specialise in chronic pain management. They will introduce you to the pain service, and hopefully give you an idea of how we might help you when you come to attend for a one-to-one appointment.


We have put together a list of online resources that you may find helpful to look at before and after you have attended the Pain Early Information Sessions. The links are organised by topics that will be covered during the sessions.


Understanding Pain


NHS GGC Pain Physiotherapy page 

Retrain Pain Foundation 

Tame the Beast 



Managing Pain Medicines and Healthcare Appointments

Opioids (morphine family drugs) 


Gabapentin and Pregabalin 

Managing health care appointments 



Movement and Activity


Being active with chronic pain 

Being active with other long term conditions 

Tai Chi Exercises (video) by Ros Smith (Chartered Physiotherapist and Tai Chi Instructor)

Yoga (video) 

Pilates (video) 

Activity cycling and graded activity (pdf)  

Exercising when it hurts 

Exercising with persistent pain 

Chair based exercise 

Live Active website 

Pacing (video from Pain Association Scotland) 

Pacing tools and resources (pdf)


Flare-up Management

Flare Ups 

Becoming more active and reducing flare ups (pdf)



Mental Health and Wellbeing

Sleep (Video from Pain Association Scotland) 

Sleep (and more) from Retrain Pain Foundation  

Sleep (Pain Concern) 

Clear Your Head: Mental Health 

Wellbeing Glasgow

MoodCafe  - relaxation exercises  

FACE COVID – How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis  (video)

Managing emotions (Pain Concern) 

NHS Every Mind Matters 

NHS GGC Mindfulness (including links to free mindfulness app) 

Mindfulness Scotland 

Breathing and relaxation exercises (NHS Inform)  


Last Updated: 09 October 2020