Pain and stress relief with Tania Miller


Chronic pain – The Stress Pain Connection – SIRPA

Is managing your pain enough for you?  Or would you rather resolve it?

I am Tania Miller and I’m part of the exciting new movement in healthcare offering a different approach to resolving pain. Not a ‘new treatment’ but ‘new way of thinking’.

As a McTimoney Chiropractor I observed, over the years, that some patients make a better recovery than others. I often wondered why this was. Over the last two years I have become part of the Explain Pain revolution in healthcare and it now makes sense.  If we understand the cause of pain (pain originates in the brain not the tissues) we can work better to resolve it.

I am now a qualified SIRPA (Stress illness Recovery Practitioners Association) Practitioner, I have attended the Explain Pain seminar by David Butler and Pain Science by Greg Lehman, plus various other related courses.  These people are part of the new revolution in pain resolution.  I am part of it too and I am here to help you too if you are ready.  There are resources on this page that may help to start you on your personal journey.  Sometimes that is enough.  Sometimes people need help to work through things.  That’s what I’m here for.

What I offer

This approach involves working as a team, client and practitioner.  I will guide you on your journey but you must be the one to do the work.  I am not going to ‘fix’ you.  You are going to change your thinking and your life.  Clients I have worked with in the past have found that not only do they resolve their pain but they improve the quality of their lives.  Clients often say they want someone to wave a magic wand and take the pain away.  Wouldn’t it be better if you knew how to wave the wand yourself for the rest of your life?

One patient said “I feel in control of my body at last”.

Another patient experienced an episode of pain recently.  From what she had learned she realised after a few days what had triggered the problem and from there the pain resolved quickly on its own. No treatment required.

And someone else I treated has got rid of the black hole that he visualised most of his life and with it his back pain.  He reports feeling the best he has in years and, despite continuing stress in his life, his back pain does not return.

As a Practitioner I have applied the techniques that I have learned for my own journey.  I noticed that I stopped having headaches and I wasn’t even trying to get rid of them!  I also no longer have back pain!

Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Does your pain move to different areas?
  • Have you noticed symptoms may be aggravated at times of stress?
  • Did your symptoms start for seemingly no reason?
  • Are you frustrated by the lack of resolution of your symptoms?
  • Have you been experiencing symptoms for 3 months or more, either constantly or intermittently?
  • Is your pain being managed but not resolved?
  • Have you tried lots of different treatments and found only temporary relief or even no relief?
  • Has no one has been able to give a clear answer or diagnosis for your symptoms? OR, do you have a diagnosis but no treatment has resolved it?
  • Maybe you have been given to understand that there isn’t much hope for improvement?

What are your beliefs about your pain? 

  • Do you panic if you have twinges as it might lead to a severe episode?
  • Do you believe that the pain will never resolve as you have had it for so long?
  • Do you believe that you have areas of weakness that will always be problematic eg. weak spine, bulging disc?

Are you ready for change?

There is a reading list here that might help your understanding. There are also links to relevant videos.

I offer a free 30 minute chat to help you understand what we could achieve together and whether this might be right for you.

Suggested reading list:

Chronic Pain: Your Key to Recovery by Georgie Oldfield

Four Questions for Back Pain: Lee Johnson

It’s All in Your Head: Suzanne O’Sullivan (a neurologist)

The Last Best Cure: Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Back in Control: A spine surgeon’s roadmap out of chronic pain

Rewire your anxious brain by Catherine Pittman and Elizabeth Karle

Counselling for toads: A Psychological Adventure by Robert de Board

The Divided Mind: John Sarno

Explain Pain: David Butler and Lorimer Moseley

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Gabor Mate


Listed below are some of the diagnoses that are commonly found to be stress-induced (taken from

Back pain, neck pain, other aches and pains in joints or limbs, Tension headache, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Whiplash, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Complex Regional Pain Disorder (CRPD), Temperomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), Chronic Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Muscle, Ligament and Tendon symptoms may include pain and tenderness anywhere in the body.

Nerve symptoms may include; numbness, itching, burning, tingling, pins and needles, plus muscle weakness, muscle spasms and involuntary movements, restless leg syndrome.

Abdominal pain, Ulcer symptoms, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, IBS, colitis, spastic colon, Hiatus hernia, heartburn, acid reflux, Constipation, diarrhoea.

Bladder and genitals:
Spastic bladder, bladder frequency, testicular pain, Interstitial cystitis, chronic prostatitis, undiagnosed pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction, infertility.

Immune system:
Wind up – allergies, hay fever, food intolerances
Wind down – frequent infections, such as ear, chest, bladder, thrush, cystitis, etc. Veruccas, warts

Heart and Lungs:
Repetitive cough, undiagnosed chest pain, palpitations, high or low blood pressure, hyperventilation or shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats.

Eczema, acne, psoriasis, hives, rashes etc

Mental health:
Obsessive compulsive thoughts, Eating disorders, Depression, Anxiety, panic attacks, Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), Self mutilation

Difficulty swallowing or gagging, chronic fatigue/tiredness, Migraines, Bell’s palsy, facial paralysis, Vertigo/dizziness, Tinnitus, changes in voice, dental pain.