Visceral pain is particularly complicated and less well understood than somatic pain. This is especially true of pain in the belly. For a large proportion of sufferers, abdominal pain is accepted as part of daily life and symptoms are self-managed. It is often accompanied by intense psychological or emotional reaction.

In this clinical focus day, we will look and the somatic and autonomic sensory pathways which convey gut pain. Referred pain, which adds another dimension to the experience of abdominal pain, and the emotional component. Gut pathology sometimes manifests only through emotional reactions and discomfort, not pain.

Our practical sessions will focus on desensitising the gut, promoting parasympathetic states and allowing space for the wisdom of our gut feelings.

© Katherine Ukleja 2014