The Self-Management Program is
shown in the border indicating the structure it provides. It consists
of 4 components: relaxation,
exercise, attitude and occupation.
The Process is contained inside the structure and illustrates the
path a person could take to become a self-manager. The journey from
the pain hell to the self-manager has many detours.
Rest Road attracts the person who finds
that it hurts to move. Avoiding movement may temporarily relieve
pain but it ensures
the pain will remain in the long-term.
Analgesia Avenue attracts
the person who can’t stand the pain any longer.
It is a dead end because numbing the pain numbs the person and there is nowhere
to go from here.
The Medical Merry-Go-Round dominates
the lower part of the landscape with the Pain Hell. The character rushing towards
the Merry-Go-Round is crying out “Fix
me”. Three routes to the Merry-Go-Round are
shown: Surgery St., Chiro Cres. and Physio Pl.
It represents the opportunities different practitioners provide
for pain relief. The inherent danger of the Merry-Go-Round is not being able
to get off hence the character “I can’t
As well as treatments, the Merry-Go-Round offers many investigations and
simply send patients away unable to make a diagnosis or provide a treatment
hence the “?”.
The Pain Hell is just that. The person relates to the pain in a way which tends
to amplify it. The person tries to avoid it, resist it, or becomes helpless and
hopeless in the face of it. The characters here are:
I’m scared of you”
“ I hate you”
“ I will beat you”
I’ve given up”
“ You control my life”
“ This is a catastrophe!”
Some turning points in the journey are illustrated.
I’m stuck is
a character who has recognised that these attitudes to pain keep him stuck. Acknowledging
the stuckness can be the first step to becoming
Partnership Parade is the route off the Merry-Go-Round. Practitioners who provide
their services but also support the person in learning how to be a self-manager
assist the person to become independent rather then staying dependent on them.
The Door of Willingness is
the major turning point. The person in pain has let go their resistance to change
and developed curiosity about what lies beyond
the door of willingness. They are now travelling the Healing Highway.
Beyond the door of willingness the pain is transformed from something representing
and a catastrophe to opportunity. The person faces their pain and asks “What’s
the opportunity here?”. In Chinese the symbols
for the word crisis are
danger and opportunity.
The Self-Manager stands on
rainbow with her clipboard, representing organisation and wand, representing
her own healing potential. Awakening this healing potential
is an essential part of the journey to being a self-manager. The sign beneath
the rainbow points to Self-Carer’s
The Parachutists have opened their minds to perceiving
the problem differently. They are open to the idea of self-responsibility and
self-healing. Their parachutes
display some of the qualities of the self-manager: purpose, acceptance,
balance, aliveness and relaxation.
The characters beyond the Door of Willingness have developed a different attitude
to their pain. They are facing their fear, learning to accept the pain, letting
it be and learning to live their lives in step with it. They have moved from
avoidance, resistance, helplessness and hopelessness to acceptance, curiosity,
courage and patience. They include:
What’s the opportunity?”
“ I face my fear”
“ I am learning to accept you”
“ I let you be and you let me be”