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Explain Pain [Spiral-bound]

David S. Butler , G. Lorimer Moseley
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Jun 2003
The authors' goal for 'Explain Pain' was to empower pain sufferers. In giving them knowledge about the origins and meanings of their pain, about the way their body systems cope and adapt, Butler and Moseley wanted to enable patients to make informed choices about treatments, take responsibility for their recovery and give them a means to conquer their fears and pace themselves back into normal life.
The book’s wide use in pain groups, clinics and homes across the globe suggests that these lofty goals have been well met. Also a great book for students.

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  • Spiral-bound: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Noigroup Publications (Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097509100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975091005
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All pain is real. Everyone, when injured or in pain wants to know what is wrong and how long the problem will last.
It is self evident that patients who get answers will have increased satisfaction and better coping strategies including less anxiety.

Many therapists initially believe that patients are unable to take on information about pain neurophysiology. However, Moseley (2003) showed that patients and therapists can understand the neurophysiology of pain, but professionals usually underestimate the ability of patients to understand.
The greater use of imaging strategies is likely to produce more studies similar to a recent case study (Moseley, 2005) which demonstrated that pain physiology education
markedly reduces widespread brain activity characteristic of a pain experience.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to read and to read again 16 Oct 2011
it's an excellent book for both therapists and patients. it explains in comprehensible language exactly what happens in the brain when pain occurs.
it gives grounds for conversation between therapist and patient, thus allowing the patient to understand the underlying reason of the body natural response to pain.
feeling pain is scary, especially when you don't know why. therefore the more you know, the more you understand, the more you get the control back over your body, and at the end pain becomes not so scary anymore.
I know it is and expensive book, but is is worth every penny, and it is written by some of the most informed researcher on pain.
I would recommend also another book to read before or after Explain Pain: The Brain That Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge. I read them both at the same time, and they speak the same language.
they helped me understand how important is the brain in the pain relieving therapy, it shines light on a subject that is obscure to many.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changes the world 9 July 2010
By Morten
I first made contact with this book five years ago, and am very happy to see it available on Amazon!
The book takes you from the very personal aspect of pain (why does "my pain" hurt) to a range of therapeutic solutions on how to handle pain.
It helps the reader to understand the underlying neurophysiology of pain, and still it is written in a very easy-to-use way - both for patients, relatives and professionals.You will never regret reading this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explain Pain 21 Sep 2010
By hazel
As a physiotherapist i deal with patients experiencing chronic pain on a regular basis. This is an excellent book to help to develop clinicians understanding of what the patient is going through, it also has good pictures and strategies to help with communication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Jan 2011
By Lin
This text gives really valuable insights into pain, its role and how it can be managed. A real must for those with an interest in pain and those with chronic pain. It really enables the person to take control of their pain experience. Recommended by a physiotherapist - has helped my son and us so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Amazing book 16 Oct 2012
This is a fantastic book
It is a bit annoying with its 'Austrailian-isms' but absolutely changed my relationship with my chronic pain condition.
Really great for managing pain and understand the nature of pain and so making a real change to my life and what I could and couldn't do.
Took a lot of fear of pain away.
Really great
Changed my life
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explain Pain 5 May 2009
By Lucas
An incredibly informative and useful book for the lay person trying to understand and overcome chronic pain. Packed with fun illustrations and simple concepts to explain complex medical terms and physiology. All medical professionals should also have a copy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By elena
As the book says, 'learning about the pain physiology reduces the threat value of pain' (pag 111). By reading this book I learnt ways to stop being constantly scared and constrained by the pain experience. The book really does 'explain pain'; the explanations are accessible and -at the same time- they don't oversimplify the subject. Pain really is a complex subject and a hard experience for everybody who goes through it; this book makes it understandable without making it simple. It also gives you the tools to deal with physicians, be in control, ask and understand explanations about the treatments you are given, and ultimately find the best pain management option for you.
Definitely recommended.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explaining Chronic Pain 27 Jun 2007
This book has been written by 2 highly regarded Australian Physiotherapists for people with persistent pain - that is pain that has not subsided with time or healing or treatment. A lot of people have chronic (persistent) pain and it doesn't work like 'normal' or acute pain which has a reason and is useful for our survival. Chronic pain, in the absence of disease or structural destruction, can make lives miserable. This book goes some way to explaining how it occurs; what makes it worse and touches on how you can manage it better (although it probably won't go away). It is written for people who have little or no knowledge of how the body works in easy terms. try it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book
This enables you to understand the way your brain deals with pain. The illustrations and text layout make a difficult subject very way to read and digest.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs J Woof
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain explained clearly
The book was recommended to me by an intrinsic biomechanics expert and it helps to explain pain and how clever the brain is. Great for explaining pain to clients
Published 7 months ago by Lynne Joyner
5.0 out of 5 stars EXPLAIN PAIN - GREAT BOOK, 100% RECOMMEND IT
Published 10 months ago by Urban
5.0 out of 5 stars Explain Pain
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand pain especially if they suffer from chronic pain of any kind. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elaine Ruth Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Easy read and helps explain pain in different ways even to the lay person. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in learning about pain.
Published 17 months ago by laura_87
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Ifyou have pain or care enough about someone who has BUY THIS BOOK! A mix of stories as useful metaphors and some real science. Excellent
Published 19 months ago by Mt Timothy J Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice and good book for a physioterapist
Knowing so many kronic pain patients or long time with same pain and how to get out off this box, this book can help giving you ideas to give patients or let the patient read the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lotte Topholm
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favourite!
Very usefull metaphors in my work as a physio, and i also recommend this book to my patients! If Heath Care in general managed to explain and educate their patients after the... Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Simon w
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great service thanks... no problems at all...would use again... what else can I write it purchase was smooth and great...
Published on 5 April 2012 by Barbara Lindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Boook
I'm not a Clinical Physician but after reading this book which expalins (as the title suggests) and has helped me understand my chronic pain better. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Mr. James Davis
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