Practise creating your own Pain Stories to illustrate Target Concepts – key ideas helpful for everyone to understand pain. Here’s one that we prepared earlier!
Satellite Navigation and Pain
- Active treatment strategies promote recovery
Satellite Navigation devices (Sat Navs for short) are great nowadays, finding the quickest route to your destination, and then on the fly taking consideration of any traffic or delays on your route to smoothly redirect you. You could even choose between taking a scenic drive or a more direct path. It’s really helpful having these different options.
For years people in pain have used exercise as a treatment approach. In recent times, many clinicians have become quite dogmatic with their prescription. Do this exercise, exactly as I do it, this many repetitions or times a day. Some clinicians can get quite upset when their patients don’t carry out their instructions to the letter! We believe, like the awesome flexibility that sat navs offer to finding your destination, we should be offering flexibility and alternatives to our patients when prescribing treatment. Movement and exercise are the obvious examples but we could also include returning to sport or work, writing your new narrative self or becoming comfortable experiencing different emotional states. The key is that we see variability and flexibility as healthy in all our activities and that this is something we promote in our patients. Ultimately you are aiming for the same destination but the route you take varies to suit you!
-Tim Beames and the Noigroup Europe team