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Innovative Approaches to Chronic Pain

Innovative Approaches to Chronic Pain

Understanding the Experience of Pain and Suffering and the Role of Healing

Edited by Peter Wemyss-Gorman

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A reconsideration of our treatment and understanding of pain and suffering in all its forms, and approaches to its relief and management. Keynote speakers from the British Pain Society explore innovative approaches to pain management, recentring the importance of healing within the biomedicine-dominated field of pain medicine.
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Paperback / softback
2020, 8.90in x 5.98in / 226mm x 152mm, 240pp
ISBN: 9781787751873

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2020, ePUB
ISBN: 9781787751880
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This book sets out to restore the concept of healing to its place within and beyond pain medicine, in chapters authored by keynote speakers to the British Pain Society's Philosophy and Ethics Special Interest Group. Exploring psychological, spiritual and creative approaches, contributors reflect on therapeutic avenues ranging from the deliberate use of the placebo response and the importance of a caring relationship between patient and practitioner, to the use of knitting as a therapeutic tool. Barriers to the flow of healing such as practitioners' careless use of language and cultural attitudes are identified and contrasted with the need to understand the first-person perspectives of people who are suffering. This book will provide hope and inspiration both to people who have become disillusioned with conventional medical approaches to the relief of their pain, and to health professionals sadly aware of the frequent inadequacy of their efforts to help them.


'This valuable book addresses two key dilemmas. First, chronic pain is always more than a signal of tissue damage, which is why standard biomedical approaches fail. Second, multidisciplinary treatments (focused on a narrow band of the cognitive-behavioural spectrum) are not multidisciplinary enough. A holistic approach, by contrast, opens our understanding and treatments to the physical, mental, emotional, and social lived experience of chronic pain. It holds important resources for physicians, therapists, patients, family members, and anyone seeking a better way.'
- David B. Morris, author of The Culture of Pain, Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age and Eros and Illness. He has lectured and written on pain for a variety of professional audiences and retired from the University of Virginia as University Professor