I kept thinking about physiotherapist Tim Beames' patient's story that he presented at one of the Pain Summit's workshops last week regarding how we therapists tend to interject patients' stories and explanations with our biases. While my tongue didn't bleed from all that biting, it reminded me to listen and ask open-ended questions before I started the session.
I think it is how the workshops were arranged. The first two workshops leaned more toward the “bio" side of the biopsychosocial framework of pain with physiotherapist Adam Meakins covering shoulder rehab, physiotherapist Erik Meira covering knee rehab, and Dr. Tim Beames covering the philosophical and biological aspects about pain.
The last two workshops leaned toward the “psychosocial" side with Ben Cormack's behavior in movement relating to the lower back and lower limbs and improv patient communication with Dr. Sandy Hilton, Mike Stewart, Keith Waldron, and Alison Sim.
Rajam Roose, the founder of this one-of-a-kind event, placed the workshops and the speakers of the main event like a role-playing game, laying out the setting, connecting the plots, and allowing the participants and the presenters to “play out” the act. For many therapists and other clinicians who are new to applied BPS framework of healthcare, they are like the level 1 to 5 fighter, wizard, or cleric in a Dungeons & Dragons game. And for many like myself, we fall somewhere between level 6 and 20.