Results of Research
Project conducted by
Dr. H.C. Philips,
Back in Motion hosted a
research project conducted by
Dr. H.C. Philips in the
winter of 2007 and early months of 2008. 107 of our clients volunteered
to participate, spending 15–20 minutes discussing their pain experience
with Dr. Philips in a structured interview. They came from our OR1, OR2
and CAR programs with slightly more men than women. Their participation
was anonymous—each person adding his or her data to the total collected
and currently being analyzed.
have researched many aspects
of chronic pain
experience, there is a remarkable absence of information about images,
or “picture” thoughts, that often accompany pain. This research has
clarified many important characteristics of these intrusive images and
It turns out that
images or visualized thoughts are very common, multiple, and frequent
occurrences for 85% of people coping with chronic pain. They are
short-lived (seconds in duration) and remarkably stable in content.
These images are triggered by pain experience and emotions
(including low mood). The effects of their occurrence are
many. The two major consequences are their power to increase distress
in the individual, as well as to increase pain levels. These effects
will need further research, as they have important implications for
chronic pain treatment.
In Dr. Philip’s study,
some people showed remarkable resilience, using various quite potent
methods to reduce the impact of these distressing images. These methods
may well be useful for others in dealing with chronic pain problems.
Thank you to all of you
who participated in this investigation. Back in Motion encourages
as we are constantly
working to increase our ability to help persons with pain to regain
full and productive lives.