31 days Project: Day 19


Day 19 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign: Memories can be overwhelming! Memories can be overwhelming particularly those that bring back episodes of persistent pain and that have a deep-seated hold on you. Pain comes in many forms. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one such form. The repercussions of war can have a [...]

31 Days Project: Day 18


Day 18 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign: Music to my ears Persistent Pain suffers often describe how their symptoms affect their schema, their person. They can feel trapped or incarcerated by their pain. It is difficult to understand individuals in persistent pain as it is individual to them. In this clip from [...]

31 days project: Day 17


Day 17 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign: Storm metaphor Another clip from Forest Gump reflects the current journey that Lieutenant Dan is on regarding his suffering after loosing his legs in the Vietnam War. If we consider the storm to be that of pain that he suffers he faces it head on screaming [...]

31 Days Project: Day 16


Day 16 of the Big Naked Pain and Brain Campaign - Pleasure or Pain Today more Family Guy! This clip is suggestive of the pleasure-pain theory. Stewie has a dislocated arm, which Brian relocates with considerable force! What is most interesting is Stewie's comment at the end. 'I'm not saying I like pain, but I'm [...]

31 days project: Day 15


Day 15 of the big naked pain & brain campaign - I can only show you the door Another clip from the Matrix. More cognitive level stuff! This clip shows Morpheus and Neo visiting the oracle. What Morpheus explains is a nice metaphor to highlight independence, in terms of rehabilitation, healthcare professionals can show you [...]

31 days project: Day 14


Yup it's another day for the big naked pain and brain campaign! Day 14 Knowing the path and walking the path So I had to revisit the Matrix as there are so many pain, brain and journey examples in this trilogy. This clip I feel I can relate to as I explain to my patients that [...]

31 Days Project: Day 13


Day 13 of the big naked pain and brain campaign - something jumped up and bit me!! Today we look at a classic movie Forest Gump.  In this clip Forest is saving his platoon whilst in Vietnam. As he is running out to safety he feels something jump up and bite him. Yet he gets [...]

31 days project: Day 12


Day 12 of the big naked pain and brain campaign - The everlasting itch! Another clip from family guy. I'm sure you'll see a running theme from me regarding family guy! In this clip Stewie is sitting with Brian after he broke his leg. Stewie is asking if Brian is suffering from an itch under the [...]

31 Days Project: Day 11


Day 11 of the Big Naked Pain & Brain Campaign - Fear leads to anger Star Wars! Of course I had to add this! The wise words from Master Yoda. Pain encapsulates all these emotions which results in the behavior of suffering/catastrophising (reference, reference) The Dark Side, Metaphorically synonymous with pain is familiar to persistent [...]

31 Days Project: Day 10


Day 10 of the big naked pain and brain campaign - Dr Oz and those jam doughnuts! This clip also appeared in one of my earlier posts. The clip shows Dr Oz using a physical metaphor of jam doughnuts representing the discs in your back. I've said it before and I'll say it again and [...]