January 2023


This month the content is based on a journal article we read titled From Fear to Safety: A Roadmap to Recovery From Musculoskeletal Pain. It was published December 2022 in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal and will likely be available through your local library upon request. The model presented is called Safety Learning Process which is based on Cognitive Functional Training. The principles of these processes are consistent with Trager principles with the addition of new language to describe some of what we already do in Trager. One of the new concepts is that of the cognitive representation of pain, which is good to know about as we can assist clients with updating their representations. Practitioner presence is influential in the recovery process, as are practitioners’ beliefs about pain. We explored Mentastics to create what is termed “expectancy violation” which is a key component in the recovery process.

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