Therapeutic Principles: Unhealthy Sensation & Working with Pain

Questions Answered Here

  • Give two expert definitions of pain and note what is common to both definitions.
  • Describe the thinking that explains that pain is always subjective, always unpleasant, and also an emotional experience.
  • What is acute pain? What is chronic pain?
  • Aside from the length of time they are experienced, how are acute and chronic pain different?
  • What are two general types of sensation?
  • What is compression?
  • How might you describe healthy sensation in asana?
  • What are the signs of unhealthy sensation in yoga asana?
  • What conditions can change how a student experiences pain or may cause them to seek pain?
  • For what reasons may a student be unable to examine her experience of sensation and/or to communicate it?
  • What is a fundamental tactic for addressing pain?
  • What other strategies can help in working with pain?
  • What are some examples of approaches that are often effective in utilizing asana therapeutically?
  • Why might you differentiate between “working around” and “working with” chronic pain?

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