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Painful Yarns (8318) Paperback – October 9, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0979988004 ISBN-10: 0979988004 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products; 1 edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979988004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979988004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. G. Lorimer Moseley, PhD. is Nutfield Medical Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics at Oxford university, UK. His research attempts to better understand the biology of pain, particularly chronic and complex pain states, and to develop and evaluate better treatments for people in pain. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and is author of over 50 articles in journals such as Brain, Pain, Neurology, Rheumatology and Arthritis Care & Research.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Tumak on December 8, 2011
I'm really quite surprised by another customers comments on not finding the book helpful for working with chronic pain patients. I also work with chronic pain patients and find there is a heightened importance in the dialogue between practitioner and patient, and found this text very helpful in giving me good simple ways to communicate the complex nature of pain to my patients in a way that is helpful to them. I find the use of these stories really assists my patients in gaining an appreciation for the nature of their pain and helps in preventing them from catastrophizing and becoming further sensitized.

The text is actually described as "...a compilation of hilarious stories and images intended to help explain the complexity of pain." and titled "Painful Yarns" I hardly found the format and content surprising.

I think Moseley's work to be highly underrated. I feel there is great value in being able to present incredibly complex matters in a simplified manner without compromising the concepts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ketafitz on October 17, 2009
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Absolutely a great book of unique examples on how the mind handles pain. I've used several in my practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dow on February 3, 2013
Everything Lorimer and company do is great, but this book is an under-appreciated wonder. It's a fun read, and though I wouldn't likely use the stories verbatim with patients, the idea of using stories to illustrate the contemporary understanding of the nervous system in relation to pain is quite brilliant. And it helped me, as a companion to Explain Pain, understand his points on a deeper (or more concrete?) level. Really highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne on December 3, 2010
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The way forward in (aspecific chronic) pain rehabilitation: the use of - entertaining! - 'yarns' or metaphors to explain to aspecific chronic pain patients that the pain they're experiencing does NOT signal tissue damage. Even then it takes them months to take this message in, as they have to experience for themselves that it holds true, before they can replace their old cognitive schema - but at least it DOES sink in! Lorimer Moseley is a great speaker at international conferences, a dedicated and caring researcher with over 50 publications in important scientific journals, and the best hope for changing the plight of chronic pain patients worldwide, as I see it (having worked with this population for 10 years now, in Rotterdam and Amsterdam).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on September 12, 2013
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I work in Rehabilitation and this book has been a great resource that I can give to my clients to read and they return the following session with a new energy and determination about their situation. The way Pain has been broken down for general public understanding has worked wonders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mamapt on May 11, 2014
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I heard about this at a conference. I did read it in an Aussie accent in my head, which I'm sure made it funnier. Of course, it help,to know the places he describes.
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