The creepy, creaky house

By Noigroup HQ Metaphor and language 13 Oct 2021

On an Explain Pain Course you will practice creating your own Pain Stories to illustrate Target Concepts; key ideas helpful for everyone to understand pain.⁠ Here’s one that we prepared earlier from a previous course!
Creaky House⁠

Imagine yourself alone in a building somewhere old and unfamiliar. Buildings can make all sorts of noises – creaks, squeaks, bangs and knocks. You might find yourself startled by some of these noises wondering what they are.⁠

Perhaps one noise in particular grabs your attention, conjuring images that someone or something has found their way in and is walking around the house. You feel your heart racing and you are a little jumpy the next time you hear something. Eventually, you go and investigate and find that maybe it’s a water pipe that bangs as the heating comes on or a squeaky door gently moving with the breeze from an open window. ⁠

Understandably, you might remain a little unsettled or ‘on edge’, noticing all the new and strange noises – a protective response that served our ancestors well to survive another day. This might be enough to interrupt whatever you were doing – watching a film, working or sleeping. You might then work out a different way of setting the heating or wedging the door or now that you know the noise is nothing untoward, just letting it be. ⁠

Pain, particularly pain that is unpredictable, can bring about similar changes in you. Your focus and attention shifts. You start to look out for unusual sensations in your body. Your stress systems might be switched into an alert mode. You might become jumpy, anxious and not be able to focus on your usual everyday tasks like having a conversation or reading a book, instead having your attention diverted to these strange and unpredictable bodily experiences, wondering what they are, what they mean or what you should do about them.⁠

Exploring and making sense of the situation you find yourself in and finding strategies to deal with it can be liberating when you are in pain or an unfamiliar, creaky house. It may take some time, to make sense of the nuances of your particular situation and find the things you can do that enable you to get on with everyday activities and stuff that matters to you.

-Tim Beames

Tim is teaching Explain Pain Online from 15 October and there are still a few tickets remaining. You can learn from anywhere – even your own creaky house!!



Other upcoming Noigroup Europe Courses:

Graded Motor Imagery Online, October 16
Spiegare Dolore, October 16, Rome
Mobilisation des Nervensystems, October 23, Bad Zurzach
Schmerzen Verstehen, November 6, Germany
Applicazione Clinica: Arto Superiore, November 5, Manno
Explain Pain Online, November 9
Explain Pain Online, November 11
Schmerzen Verstehen, November 17
Mobilisation of the Neuroimmune System, November 20, London
Expliquer la Douleur Online, November 25
Begrijp de Pijn, November 26, Netherlands
Explicando el Dolor Online, November 26
Applicazione Clinica: Arto Superiore, November 27, Parma
Begrijp de Pijn Online, December 2, Netherlands
Explain PainOnline, Pochopit Bolest Online, December 2, Czech Republic
Mobilisation des Nervensystems: Aufbaukurs – Klinische Anwendungen der neuralen Mobilisation, December 18, Bad Zurzach


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