FAQ

I think I have TMS. Can ACACIA Freedom from Pain help me?

Absolutely. TMS refers to chronic pain and other symptoms which are caused by nerve pathways. The SIRPA approach is designed to treat these kinds of symptoms.

Do I need to see a professional to get free of chronic pain?

Not necessarily. Lots of people get better by reading a book about getting better from mind body pain, or using free resources online, and putting the advice into practice. However, some people benefit from having someone to support them through the process.

If the SIRPA approach is effective, why didn’t my doctor tell me about it?

Good question! Some of the most recent learning from neuroscience and academia hasn’t filtered down onto medical training yet. Also, the medical profession tends to deal with individual problems (you might see a neurologist for one symptom, a rheumatology specialist for another symptom and a gastroenterology specialist for another symptom for example). Because NHS health professionals only see people for a very short appointment, they may not get the opportunity to pick up on links between your pain and other things which are going on in your life. At the moment, the NHS tends to take the view that pain can be “managed” by using a combination of approaches. The problem with this is that in order to change nerve pathways, you need to really believe that they can change. If you are told that you will always have pain and can only learn to manage with it, you may never develop fully pain-free pathways. If you sign up for SIRPA’s newsletter on their website, you can download their report 5 Things About Treating Chronic Pain That Your GP May Not Be Aware Of, which explains in more detail.

My condition isn’t listed anywhere on your site. Can you help me?

There is no end to the types of pain and symptoms which can be stress-related. Having said that, most types of pain and symptoms can also be caused by an underlying medical problem. If you are not sure whether your problem can be treated using the SIRPA approach, contact ACACIA Freedom from Pain. You can either email us or arrange for a free, no-obligation 15 minute phone consultation.

Why does ACACIA Freedom from Pain recommend dealing with emotions? My problems are physical, not emotional!

At first glance, it might seem very strange that you would need to deal with emotions and stress to be able to get better from physical pain and symptoms. However, if you think about yourself as one person who is made up of an interconnected mind, body (and spirit), it makes a lot more sense. Everything that happens in our body is linked to a process in our minds, and vice versa. Not only that, but our bodies use very similar pathways to handle physical pain/danger signals and emotional pain/danger signals. Therefore, it is important to deal with both if we want to recover from chronic pain.

I’m not sure yet whether the SIRPA approach is for me. How can I find out more?

You might want to read a book about recovery from pain, or access some of the free resources which are available on the internet – check out our resources page for more information. Alternatively, if you would like to talk it through with ACACIA Freedom from Pain, we can arrange a free, 15-minute no-obligation phone consultation.

I don’t live locally. Can ACACIA Freedom from Pain still help me?

Yes. We offer sessions online using video conferencing software. You will need access to a microphone, webcam and email if you would like to take advantage of online sessions.

What is your professional background?

I am a registered social worker. You can find out more here.

Is the SIRPA approach safe? What if it turns out there’s something really wrong with me?

We completely understand that people can be nervous about using a non-medical approach to pain, especially if they are experiencing severe or disabling symptoms. This can be very frightening, and if you are going to get better, it is important to be able to let go of the fear associated with the pain. That’s why we always ask you to get thoroughly checked out by your doctor (and mental health professional, if relevant), before starting to use the SIRPA approach with ACACIA Freedom from Pain. Our initial assessment will consider all of your health information in order to be able to provide you with a professional recommendation about whether the approach we offer is safe for you.

I’ve read lots of online recovery stories about people who get better instantly when they find out about this approach. Why am I not better yet?

The answer to this question is that everyone is unique! It’s true that some people do get better just by learning that their pain is triggered by nerve pathways. However, the underlying causes behind everyone’s pain are different. Some people will have experienced a great deal of stress and trauma in their lives which needs to be worked through, while others will take a long time to come round to the idea that their pain can be dealt with by addressing emotions and stress. Everyone has their own pace and will recover in their own time, and that’s fine. In some ways, it’s a whole-life journey of getting to know yourself better and learning to live in ways which allow you to be free from pain.

Will it take a lot of work to get better?

It might do. The approaches we use at ACACIA Freedom from Pain don’t always offer a quick fix. However, the process of getting better can be very rewarding. Not only will you learn to live without pain, you will find out a lot about yourself. You may grow in confidence, peace of mind or contentment and will find ways to handle stress, which is common to almost everyone in modern life. In short, if it takes a lot of work, it will be worth it! 

What’s the difference between SIRPA and ACACIA Freedom from Pain?

SIRPA is a separate organisation which trains practitioners to support people using the SIRPA approach. There is more information about how SIRPA trains professionals on their website, where you can also view Emma Kemp’s listing as a SIRPA Student. ACACIA Freedom from Pain is an independent practice set up by Emma to support people to become pain-free.

Further questions?

Get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.