Beyond Mechanical Pain provides pain education for allied health professionals.

Our key areas of focus are:

  • Pain science
  • Effective communication
  • Pain education
  • Evidence based treatment of chronic pain
  • Chronic pain in special populations
  • Clinical reasoning for chronic pain management

Our aim is to take the latest research and translate it into actionable education for practitioners working with people in pain.

Beyond Mechanical Pain was founded by osteopath Alison Sim in 2013, and in 2018 she invited osteopath Nick Efthimiou to assist with operations.

Alison Sim

Alison Sim has a keen interest in educating health professionals about the latest science surrounding pain, especially pain that hangs around – chronic or persisting pain.

Pain science can be quite disheartening as a topic – there are no magic bullets or quick fixes. The science can sometimes paint a bleak picture of poor outcomes for any single modality approach. This makes engaging with this material difficult and the result is that practitioners might choose to avoid exploring the material at all.

Alison’s seminars and workshops aim to investigate the approaches that have a strong evidence base of proven results and demonstrate how they can be applied in clinical practice. This means better outcomes for your clients and patients.

Alison qualified as an osteopath in 2001. She has a Masters of Pain Management from Sydney University Medical School and Royal North Shore Pain Management Research Institute. She has lectured at Australian Catholic University, Victoria University, RMIT and George Fox University  in a variety of science and clinical subjects. She has also worked as part of the teaching team at Deakin University Medical School and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

Alison works part time at Brighton Spinal and Sports Clinic and Pain Matrix in Geelong and welcomes referrals for patients with chronic pain.



Nick Efthimiou

Nick Efthimiou currently works as a Clinical Specialist in Neuromodulation – working with interventional pain physicians to help achieve optimal outcomes for patients with chronic pain.

He is a trained osteopath and personal trainer with a clinical interest in chronic pain, therapeutic exercise/exercise rehabilitation and effective communication.

Graduating from Victoria University in 2011, he has worked in practices in both Melbourne, Australia and Canada.

He has been involved in education for a number of years, both as a sessional tutor and guest lecturer at Victoria University, and within the private sector.

In 2017  he developed (in conjuction with exercise scientist James Ross) a practical rehabilitation workshop: Introduction to Kettlebells for Rehabilitation. 

In 2018 he presented Exercise for Chronic Pain for Beyond Mechanical Pain, a 3 hour seminar on the effectiveness, mechanisms and applications of exercise for chronic pain, and presented Manual Therapy – A Process Approach as part of the Research to Practice workshop.

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