Readers will be familiar with the importance that I attach to the explanation of pain. The data on the benefits of understanding pain is good and growing. This includes a raised pain threshold and an increase in range of movement–the straight leg raise (SLR). The more we understand about the power of language and learning, the better will become our educational interventions, recently termed ‘information medicine” by David Butler at an Explain Pain weekend. I like that term because of the implication that we are administering medicine by the provision of information. This can be given in doses, like pills and manual therapy, titrated and adjusted to the individual need at that moment, seeking the best route forwards.
This short animation really struck a chord with me. The narrative is clear and raises important points that are understandable.