Pain is difficult to describe. Sometimes even the most colourful language and vivid story seems insufficient. When words offer barriers, pictures can be used to convey complex ideas, thoughts and experiences. Expressing an individual narrative of pain through art offers a salient, descriptive way to communicate.
Illustrating a pain experience is not altogether unfamiliar for most therapists. We create simplified depictions with black and white body charts: shading, criss-crossing, dotting and ticking. I wonder how many patients consider those images a sufficient portrayal of their experience. Perhaps self-created images offer an opportunity to open new dialogues to better understand and empathise.
Communicating Chronic Pain is a UK based research project exploring this gap between the experience and expression of chronic pain. They’ve collated a whole bunch of non-verbal pain metaphors – it’s well worth taking a look, perhaps even adding your own!
– Hayley Leake
We’re hitting the road and taking our NOI courses right across this great southern land:
Noosa 17 – 19 June Explain Pain and Graded Motor Imagery (Both courses SOLD OUT)
Wagga Wagga 16-17 July Explain Pain
Perth 15 – 17 October Explain Pain and Graded Motor Imagery
EP3 events have sold out three years running in Australia, and we are super excited to be bringing this unique format to the United States in late 2016 with Lorimer Moseley, Mark Jensen, David Butler, and few NOI surprises.
EP3 EAST Philadelphia, December 2, 3, 4 2016
EP3 WEST Seattle, December 9, 10, 11 2016
To register your interest, contact NOI USA:
p (610) 664-4465