In this issue of Pain Matters, we explore how visual artists living with pain can express this ‘invisible illness’ and how it impacts their lives. Susanne Main’s project looks at how artists and audiences represent and respond to pain and we’re glad to share some of these really striking images with Pain Matters readers.
Reconnecting to creative activities could be one way of putting acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) into practise. Psychologist Hannah Durand explains how ACT can help people in pain to get back to doing the things they care most about.
Plus: How common is workplace discrimination against people in pain? Vidyamala Burch on why we need research to support the use of mindfulness for chronic pain, a healthy breakfast recipe and Pete Moore tackles a reader’s worries that his pain is ‘all in the mind’.