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2023 Nov 07

Eur J Pain


Guarding and flow in the movements of people with chronic pain: A qualitative study of physiotherapists’ observations.


Williams ACC, Buono R, Gold N, Olugbade T, Bianchi-Berthouze N


Among the adaptations of movement consistently associated with disability in chronic pain, guarding is common. Based on previous work, we sought to understand better the constituents of guarding; we also used the concept of flow to explore the description of un/naturalness that emerged from physiotherapists’ descriptions of movement in chronic pain. The aim was to inform the design of technical systems to support people with chronic pain in everyday activities.