Tim is a London based physiotherapist who works with people in pain all over the country. He has a flare for really listening to someone's expression of their pain and exploring the potential contributors to its manifestation - from environment and context to somatoperception. It is the latter that has most recently caught his attention with some intriguing findings...
When someone is in pain there are a number of changes that happen. You may have come across things like:
“I’m not sure it belongs to me”
"it feels swollen but when I look at it, it’s not"
“my leg feels like it’s playdough”
“my arm feels like a blown up tyre”
“it feels blocked, heavy and fuzzy with a build up of pressure”
“it feels as though it’s going to be numb but when I touch it, it feels the same”
Perceptual changes of body parts are often given short shrift by clinicians skirting over these intangible observations made by the person in pain or unusual findings on assessment that are not fully understood. Additionally the person in pain may think these feelings unimportant or too weird to share.
Tim is going to take a look at this body self-reporting and deconstruct somatoperceptual testing, a clinical element that may be used to further our understanding of this phenomenon.
Be prepared to give your right arm to find out more on what looks to be another captivating evening’s exploration outside the traditional realms of pain concepts with Le Pub Scientifique.