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The "Toblerone" model for pain experience during recovery

Uncategorized May 19, 2019

Came across this picture and thought it was a nice analogy for your patients and clients during their recovery particularly from chronic pain and pathology.


As we know pain is a multifactorial output based on our perceived threat to the system, both conscious and subconscious. What this means is that depending on these factors there can be peaks and troughs (like a Toblerone) in the pain experience, particularly in chronic pain cases where neuroplastic change and central sensitisation has occurred.


It's our recommendation that you have many Toblerones on hand when dealing with chronic pain patients, not only because they are delicious, but also because they are a useful clinical tool for explaining the patho-neuro-physiology of pain.


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