Patient Centred Care – Development of the Pain Meter
For the past three years, I have been developing something that helps me understand what a patient feels. My motto was and still is: “be the patient”. I knew as a student that if I was going to be a successful chiropractor, I needed to understand the patient’s perspective. Full stop!
My work is physical. And people trust my touch. And with that, I must trust my touch. This is the reason why I decided it was time to give myself better resolution of the tissues that I palpate. We know as scientists, our ability to detect stiffness is not great. The public doesn’t know this, and as a profession, we don’t really want to disclose this. either. Even after 20 years in practice, I still have a hard time detecting intersegmental stiffness.
But what I have discovered is when I combine the feedback from a patient’s experience of tissue tenderness as I press on specific regions, I can be more precise with treatment. We are learning more and more about the spine and other joints all the time. And what appears to be surfacing in the spine (and other joints) literature is that it is often the excessive micro-movements causing the problems.
This balanced sharing of motion, researchers are calling motion sharing. That is, each vertebra should be moving similarly compared to each other. Imagine a highway. Each car needs to be moving at a similar speed, or there can be crashes. The spine works in this way. Every vertebra needs to move like its counterpart. And if it accelerates or brakes too fast. Bang! We see this in the spine also. This is often the cause of inflammatory chronic arthritis.
I just revealed something, a product that I have been working on for a few years. And already, I am finding it helpful, with the patient’s help, in discerning those vertebrae that are moving a bit too much and causing problems. I call it the Pain Meter, and already, I see an improvement in my outcomes.
If you would like to see what it is all about, visit MyPain.co.
I welcome patients to experience it. It will be a game-changer. I look forward to the future. JF
Pain Meter – Helping Doctors and Patients Communicate