An Enactive Approach to Pain – Beyond the Biopsychosocial Model
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This week we have a special guest review by one of our newest Canadian chiropractic research rock stars - Dr. Peter Stilwell! In this Review, Peter distills his recent 29-page paper into a concise, meaningful and thought-provoking Research Review for us!
A sample from Dr. Stilwell’s Review: “Everyone has a working understanding or system of ideas (a theory) to explain pain. However, typically we do not reflect upon nor label our theories. Clinicians’ pain theories, whether they realize it or not, shape the way they assess, explain, and treat pain. In this conceptual paper, we started with a critical review of prominent pain theories from Descartes in the 17th century up to the current landscape, involving increasing application of the biopsychosocial model. We then proposed a novel conceptualization of pain to address limitations and gaps in existing theories. In this Review, I will simplify and summarize the key messages in the 29-page paper. The enactive approach to pain is a heuristic framework; it offers a way to think about pain that can shape how chiropractors assess, explain, and treat pain.”
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “An Enactive Approach to Pain – Beyond the Biopsychosocial Model"
This paper was published in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2020) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Pain - Chronic Pain & Biopsychosocial Model and the 2020 Archive.