A Wimbledon health guru has launched a movement to raise awareness about chronic pain after her own experiences with it.

Jeannie Di Bon, 47, suffered chronic shoulder pain following years of lung conditions. A stint in hospital inspired a lifestyle change, allowing her to identify and tackle the discomfort.

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks.

Ms Di Bon, who runs a Pilates studio on Lambton Rd, said: “So many people have come to accept pain as a normal part of life, but I want to spread the word that pain isn’t normal and there is always something you can do about it.

“From my own experience of ill-health and working with clients who have experienced chronic pain I know how severely it can impact an individual’s quality of life and it’s not something people just accept as one of those things.”

Anyone enduring chronic pain should firstly visit their GP, advises Ms Di Bon.

The ambition of ‘Stop Pain’ is to educate Wimbledon residents about chronic pain, which can “often be treated through simple exercises and lifestyle changes”.

According to Ms Di Bon, between one third and one half of adults in the UK suffer from chronic pain, meaning it could affect between 70,000 and 100,000 Wimbledon residents.

Ms Di Bon, a qualified nutritionist, added: “I am incredibly passionate about this campaign and spreading the word about what chronic pain is. I am aiming to make sure that no one in my community is left in the dark about chronic pain and what they can do to stop it.”

The campaign coincides with Chronic Pain Awareness Month.

For more information you can access Jeannie Di Bon's ‘Wellness & Movement’ blog here http://jeanniedibon.com/wellness/time-stop-pain/