My Experience with the ‘Protectometer’
My first book report since junior high, I believe.
I have read most of, and referenced often Butler and Mosely’s ‘Explain Pain,’ (EP) in the past few years. I picked up ‘The Explain Pain Handbook PROTECTOMER’ this week, which is complementary to EP and intended for anyone who has pain. The handbook, which is 49 pages of delightfully easy reading, certainly goes along with the EP book, but in no way is it requisite to have already read EP to benefit from the use of the Protectometer Handbook.
I wondered what I might get out of the Handbook myself, being a health professional that uses EP concepts and pain science education daily. In my own journey with pain, I am in a very good place thanks to my understanding and knowledge of pain, but I can’t say I have NO pain. There is always room for improvement and further understanding.
The authors use metaphor and storytelling in their approach to pain science education, and the book contains adorable little graphics and colourful, unique artwork for the reader’s enjoyment. I remember being introduced to the concept of “The Drug Cabinet in the Brain,” in school.” I just love this metaphor and graphic. You may just have to do more of your own research and reading to find out more about this powerful tool we all have in our brains.
Interestingly, I am a person that has a bit of an ego, and sensitivity to things I am presented with that could seem overly simplistic. Being aware of this, I am often fearful my clients may feel like I am questioning or belittling their intelligence when using simple analogies and metaphor to explain things. Reading EP and the handbook, I questioned if some may find it to be too silly, basic, or belittling. I did not experience any feelings like that. Lorimer and David do an amazing job of appealing to the masses in a way that is not demeaning at all.