Sticks and Stones: Pain Analogies

Sticks and Stones: Pain Analogies


Book Overview

Sticks and Stones is an ebook containing 50+ analogies and stories pertaining to pain and movement! This resource was created by Dr. Jim Heafner PT, DPT, OCS and Dr. Jarod Hall PT, DPT, OCS to help people gain a deeper understanding of the complex nature of pain. 

It is our hope this book will reframe the way you understand pain and change the language you use when talking to others about movement and injury!

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Dr. Teddy Willsey, PT, DPT, CSCS

“Drs. Jarod Hall and Jim Heafner do a wonderful job explaining the multi-factorial experience of pain in a relatable way for the average reader and healthcare professional alike. I could not help but think of past and present patients that would benefit from reading some of the analogies and sections of the book. Sticks and Stones is a valuable resource for clinicians to learn about pain and improve their communication skills as well as a brilliant teaching tool and reference for patients. This book should be in every rehabilitation clinic.”


“As the owner of OPTIM we have found great value in the sticks and stones ebook. We have incorporated many of the analogies and ideas into our fellowship, COMT, and PTA pain science curriculum. Jim and Jarod do a great job helping people understand and articulating the complex topics such as neuroplasticity, graded exposure, and the biopsychosocial aspects of pain.  If you're looking for a resource to better communicate why patients are having pain and musculoskeletal problems, this is the best I have found.  EVERYONE should get a copy of the Sticks and Stones ebook to better help explain.”

Amanda Ferland, PT DPT OCS

Clinical Faculty, University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Rehabilitation

“I absolutely love your book! I have been working as clinical faculty in China now for about three years, and I’m finding the idea of pain science to be literally “foreign” in this environment. Your book, especially with the analogies and simple exclamations, provide me with great learning tools for my Chinese PT students and patients. I keep hearing from patients how “professional “we are as clinicians when I use your references. Thank you so much for a great resource!”


Detailed Description

With each analogy and metaphor covered throughout this text, you’ll find multiple stories that help relate the complex topics of pain, tissue breakdown, posture and more. While several analogies have the same underlying principle, the story and context are vastly different. By presenting the information through multiple viewpoints, you can apply each concept to different facets of your life. Through each story, you’ll notice a strong focus on the power of language. Whether you read one story or ten stories, you’ll finish this book feeling strong and empowered. While the introduction is primarily written for health and wellness providers, the following pages are designed for both the clinician and layperson.

Different ways to enjoy this book

  • Read it from front to back, like a traditional book.

  • Open to a random page and begin reading. The text is written so that each story can be extracted and enjoyed independently.

  • Use this text as a reference for understanding pain science, graded exposure, movement, posture and more. Through each story, difficult topics such as cortical smudging, neuroplasticity and others are discussed in detail.

  • If you’re a healthcare practitioner, let your patients borrow it to take home!