Graded Motor Imagery

Graded Motor Imagery Handbook

Living with persistent pain throws up many challenges. 

GMI handbook

GMI is a rehabilitation program used to treat chronic pain and the ensuing physical activity problems. The clinician can use this book to teach patients about pain; the changes to the nervous system and through brain exercises in imagined movements be able to clearly locate the affected body part in space and move it more precisely again.

Graded Motor Imagery combines the disciplines of neuroscience, education and the biopsychosocial understanding of pain together with integrated, evidence clinical techniques.

Graded Motor Imagery takes patients forward practically to re-train the brain and central nervous system with the aim of less pain and restoring activities that are important.

This can also be fun! One of the techniques that can be used is 'magazine therapy'. Flicking through the pages, identifying the left or right images, (depending on which side you have the pain issue) makes it an enjoyable exercise.

For a fuller understanding the assistance of a knowledgeable clinician is required.

For further information on graded motor imagery, see  


The Australian Pain Management Association Ltd. (APMA) is a health promotion charity providing advocacy, information and practical support for people living with chronic (persistent) pain and their families. APMA is the consumer health organisation for all Australians who live with pain. APMA is your voice.


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