From the Canberra Times last week
Chronic pain disorders occupy nearly half of our top 10 health burdens, but the answer to solving the problem could be cheaper than we think.
We need to rethink what pain is, according to Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of South Australia Lorimer Moseley.
He presented his research at the Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting this week and says the time has come for a “revolution” in how we think about pain.
“Changing what we think about pain reduces pain. Understanding that pain is over protective, really understanding how, reduces pain… so the way we do that is we teach people about pain and that’s a therapy. It’s got as good effects in chronic pain as anything else.” (emphasis added)
The headline is a bit of a worry, but otherwise all good so far, sounds pretty much like the Lorimer we all know and love.
But then this:
But the very best solution for pain is something that almost everyone can do. Movement and exercise.
Did Lorimer really say that?
But Professor Moseley said that doesn’t mean chronic pain sufferers should go and run 10 kilometres. “You just have to do it slowly enough that it doesn’t freak out your system,” he said. “We say always do more today than you did yesterday, but not much more.”
From the earliest days of Explain Pain, the idea of graded exposure to activity has been central to the whole approach, but, and it’s an important but, graded exposure was always, ALWAYS, discussed in the broader context of up to date, accurate pain biology – an ‘informed graded exposure’ if you will.
Lorimer even says it (highlighted above); Explain Pain is therapy*. Sadly this nuanced, but very much non-trivial, point seems completely lost in the article.
*Just in case it needs saying, no one is saying it is the only therapy, but it is pretty important.
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