Today we are experiencing an epidemic of chronic pain against which drugs are increasingly showing their ineffectiveness. However, we have at our disposal simple but extremely effective educational tools, aimed at enhancing the natural self-treatment systems that everyone has at their disposal.
Knowledge is power. The most advanced science of pain has been made accessible and understandable to all.
Patients will be made available the most recent acquisitions on tissues, nerves, the brain and on the effects of stress on pain and movement.
Explaining modern neuroscience to patients is an evidence based strategy (medicine based on scientific evidence) capable of modifying behaviors related to stress and pain.
Explaining pain is a two-way process – pain presentations, metaphors and stories, seen from the patient’s perspective, require reasoned analysis and are crucial for understanding the mechanisms that maintain or exacerbate pain.
We have accumulated more knowledge about pain in the past 10 years than in the previous thousands of years, and we are increasingly able to answer questions about “why does it hurt so?” and “what can I do about it?”.
This knowledge applies to both young and old people, from low back pain to hemiplegia, from generalized pain to more complex situations such as phantom limb and algodystrophies.
Decades of research and clinical experience have now been synthesized into another step forward in the Explain Pain revolution – the Protectometer.
It is a manual for the patient, which allows the person and their therapist to trace a path of their pain experience, understand the many factors that influence it, and develop a therapeutic education and a tailored treatment program.
It’s a therapy that works – there are no side effects, it’s available 24/7, allows for continuous improvement, and can be shared with others. We are living in an amazing time for neuroscience, but even those who suffer must participate!