Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New rumblings in defining and philosophizing pain

Very low rumblings, like thunder far away, but who knows? They could turn into something, right?

1. This just in: Updating the definition of pain. (Full text, at least for a little while..) 

Current def:
>>> An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.

Proposed def:
>>> Pain is a distressing experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage with sensory, emotional, cognitive, and social components.

Yes, I think I like the proposed def more.

It seems the world has moved past the general systems theory upon which the BPS model was constructed, into something much more integrated, less objectified, more phenomenological, (more post modern?), so therefore a better model is required.

Gee, and here I thought BPS was soooooooo much better than the odious biomedical/biomechanical/postural-structural models that so many are still working with, when it comes to pain experiences.

How interesting that these two rumblings both arrive in my facebook feed on the same morning and amplify each other.


1. Williams, Amanda C. de C.; Craig, Kenneth D.; Updating the definition of painPain:
November 2016 - Volume 157 - Issue 11 - p 2420–2423

2. Dave Nicholls; Is the Biopsychosocial Model all it’s cracked up to be? Critical Physiotherapy Network 25th Oct 2016

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