Moving With Pain: What Principles From Somatic Practices Can Offer to People Living With Chronic Pain

Emma Meehan, Bernie Carter

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This article brings together research from the fields of chronic pain management and somatic practices to develop a novel framework of principles to support people living with persistent pain. These include movement-based approaches to awareness of the internal body (interoception), the external environment (exteroception) and movement in space (proprioception). These significantly work with the lived subjective experiences of people living with pain, to become aware of body signals and self-management of symptoms, explore fear and pleasure of movement, and understand how social environments impact on pain. This analysis has potential to create new ways of supporting, understanding and articulating pain experiences, as well as shaping the future of somatic practices for chronic pain.
Original languageEnglish
Article number620381
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2021

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Copyright © 2021 Meehan and Carter. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.


Research and Innovation (UKRI), grant reference number AH/S003495/1.


  • dance
  • somatic practice
  • chronic pain
  • interoception
  • exteroception
  • proprioception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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