We might use the Pain Revolution name but we know that we’re not the only ones tackling the massive global problem of pain with an evidence-based, biopsychosocial, pain-science informed approach.
We know from publishing the BiM blog for 9 years that we have collaborators and supporters all over the world, who are working in their communities to make things better for people in pain.
We have people publishing, blogging, drawing, speaking and photographing all sorts of things that are good for researchers, clinicians and people in pain to know about. We'd like you to use #painrevolution on social media and tell us all about it.
Don't just follow @painrevolution, but send us a Tweet with #painrevolution and we'll add you to our community list.
Here's a few Tweets you can use:
It is time for the pain revolution and I am on board! #painrevolution
It is time to improve how pain is treated so we need to make some noise! The pain revolution begins!! #painrevolution
Real change occurs when we work together. Let’s change how pain is treated. The pain revolution begins! #painrevolution
Now that you've tweeted, go grab a cuppa and have a read more about how you can use #painrevolution to help more people in pain!
What we're doing in Australia
You’ve probably seen pictures of our Rural Outreach Tour, and the team of cyclists in the polka dot jersey taking pain education on the road . We’ve also been revving up the Brain Bus alongside the ride, and quietly establishing our network of Local Pain Educators in rural and regional Australia. That’s how we’re getting the science of pain out of the lab, and even out of the clinic, and into the community.
Show us what you're doing too
We aren’t making all the good stuff, so we’d like to share what you’re putting on social media using a hashtag that brings us all together. It takes a community to effect change, and #painrevolution organizes those many revolutionary actions!
How does it work? Easy peasy.
If you’re sharing something that’s evidence-based, pain-science informed and has a biopsychosocial bent, then we’d love to re-Tweet, re-Gram and repost on facebook and Linkedin.
To do that, we need to be able to find it, which means you need to use #painrevolution on your post. If you do, the magical fairies of the internet will whisper in our ears and tell us to re-post your stuff. Suddenly, that brilliant blog post that doesn’t get much love, has eyeballs over the world looking at it.
What we share
- your research papers (even better if you have open access!)
- blogs (we will read and check them, no shonky science gets past our expert radars!)
- media coverage
- conference tweets and photos
- infographics and pictures
- community activities (your upcoming free community event listings, and photos of revolutionary activities around the world)
- patient stories
Content doesn’t have to be yours, or strictly pain science, but your thoughts, opinions and ideas about its usefulness to people in pain is something we’re on the lookout for.
What we don't share
- Non evidence-based treatment information
- Your paid courses or events
- Rants that criticise professions or professionals, or negative articles about non-evidence based treatment.
- Crowdfunding or fundraising campaigns for local events (we may do, for something that’s potentially useful for a large community, so ask us and we’ll see if it works)
I hear you wondering “why are we not calling out the bad guys, and taking them to task on their shoddy, non-scientific, biomedically-based approach to treating pain?”
One of our Pain Revolution core values is cohesion, and along with that comes a spirit of collaboration and community. It is not to say we don’t feel as sick in the guts as you do at the blatant exploitation of vulnerable people looking for hope – we just reckon that there is much to every story and we are about building bridges not breaking them. There are other avenues to engage with that stuff and we would rather #painrevolution was not one of them. We’re not the pain science police after all. Like you, we know the positive difference that we make to people’s lives and how recovery is possible, so let’s unite around that.
None of us started out knowing what we know and use now. It’s emerged through research, practice and making mistakes, and it continues to evolve. A contemporary understanding of pain is creeping slowly into health care, and we’ll get it moving faster if we band together.
Let’s invite others to join us, because they see that we are the sexiest (and most effective) group to be a part of. We help apply pain science in creative and human-centred ways for the good of those that matter most - people in pain.
Sharing the burden of pain by switching from “doing to you” mode, to a “doing with you” mode means as researchers and clinicians, we have the possibility of loving our work. Of not getting burnt out, with sore heads and heavy hearts.
So, next time you’re at a conference, doing a talk, sharing your thoughts (or someone else’s) that adds to the healthy and hopeful messages that people in pain need, add #painrevolution so we know what you think is important enough to share.
One big shout out to Rafael Torres Cueco
When we hatched this plan, we went to grab @painrevolution on Twitter and it was already secured in the safe hands of none other than the Spanish Pain Physio Extraordinaire Rafael Torres Cueco. Few clinicians have Rafael’s expertise, insight, industry and intent and we are very grateful to Rafa for giving it to us. Kudos indeed to you Rafa.
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