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Old 13-05-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
Geralyn Giuffrida PT
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Default What stories do you tell

Educating patients about pain leads to metaphor, and story telling. Painful Yarns, helped me to understand that, and Mosely encourages to develop own stories. I have stories that I use frequently, and some evolve in the course of working with each patient. I am interested in what stories you tell. What works for you?

I’ll start it off with one of my recent favorites.

When the smoke alarm in our house was installed, it was set up to alert the hallway and the bedrooms associated with it. Unfortunately, it was also placed so that any kitchen activity resulting in any smoke—hot wok, burnt cookies, gravy spill resulted in the smoke alarm sounding.

When my daughter was 6 years old the fireman came to the school for fire protection week. He asked if their houses had smoke alarms. He asked what it meant when smoke alarm sounded. My daughter raised her hand, and replied, “It means it is time to get ready for supper.

This is good for a smile, and I use it to describe how alarms can be interpreted in different ways –context matters. I link this to pain as protective in response to real, or perceived threats, and getting on with the business of changing that context via DNM, simple contact, Feldenkreis type exercises, problem solving,..


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