Wednesday, March 07, 2007

"Explain Pain" really does clearly and simply explain pain.

This blog is about what works for me. I encourage sufferers to refer to their professionals for advice.

I'd found information about "the virtual body" on the internet, but until I read Dr Lorimer Moseley and David Butler's book "Explain Pain", I hadn't realized the vital part the brain plays in our perception of pain. It's helped me understand better and change my focus from "what could be done for me" to "what I could do for myself". I encourage anyone suffering chronic pain to seek out the book and read for yourselves. Australian libraries should have it. I've been told some physiotherapist will lend it. Information on the book is on the NOI Group website. Go to the left of this blog to "Articles of interest" and click on the link.

As mentioned in previous posts Ramachandran in the Us did the origional research but there is no doubt Australian physiotherapists have embraced the new approach to understanding and pain management.
Dr Lorimer Moseley employed a motor imagery program which was "two weeks each of hourly performance of a hand laterality recognition task, imagined hand movements and then mirror therapy."(notes from 8th International Physiotherapy Congress) Personally I did not follow that regime but just used a mirror as described. It really does work for me just using a mirror, hiding the painful part and watching the mirror image of the non painful part performing a movement that would be painful for the other part. I believe many physiotherapists use Dr Moseley's method which would undoubtedly be the best way to go. I contacted the authors of "Explain Pain" about how it could be applied to whole body or back, essentially body parts that cannot have a mirror image. David Butler, co author, indicated that research has been done on hands and feet at this stage. He did mention that it has been shown to work for pain after single sided mastectomy. Pacing and graded exposure is very well explained in the "Explain Pain" book. G. Lorimer Moseley and David Butler co authored this excellent book. will give you information.

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