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The 2024 Global Year will examine what is known about sex and gender differences in pain perception and modulation and address sex-and gender-related disparities in both the research and treatment of pain.

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I was, as my daughter would say, ‘totally and completely chuffed’ to read Chad Cook’s review of Painful Yarns, published in the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.  He captures the idea of the book perfectly, in fact somewhat better than I have – I think I will use this paragraph next time someone asks me about it: (it’s a)

‘marriage between the way we as clinicians see pain and the way our patients could potentially relate to the biology of pain. The “yarns” merge the two derivations into common ground for all parties. You won’t know that you are learning anything and you won’t realize until you have completed the textbook that the material endorsed symbolisms of pain.’

Of course, Prof Cook suggests there should be more Yarns – that is all very well but I need a bit more life to get them! On that, I actually reckon we are better off finding our own stories and using them as metaphors for different aspects of the biological processes that underpin clinical conditions.  Regardless of whose stories they are, it is all part of the ongoing conviction that we can, in fact, help people to reconceptualise their pain – the first and tricky part of that is getting them on the hook. I hope Yarns is but one way to do this.

I sent this to Heidi to put up on the blog and she said “What?!?! Some legendary Professor has just written a smashing (Heidi is English) review of your book but you haven’t told people where they can get it!” So, in the interests of easing the substantial burden of seeking out Painful Yarns, perhaps emailing Prof Cook himself and asking him, you can now, thanks to the wonders of hyperlinking, go here.

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