At the first glance of this image, you can already sense the immense level of discomfort or even pain that is construed on this man’s face. Whether it be from the forces strewn by the dark weaves of paint that hampers his body or the abnormal position he is in, you can tell he is suffering or at the beginning of an episode. As a PT student we are taught the intricacies of proper body mechanics such as good posture and from our education, it is why I believe the individual is in physical pain. The expression of his face also is telling of how this man is not in a good state at least in the captured moment.
My interpretation of this piece helped me brain storm and ruminate on the many causes of pain whether it is as conspicuous as this image or as subtle as insidious as hidden pathologies. These thoughts brought me to see a strange perspective of pain. At least in my mind, the human pain experience is one that can seem long and never ending as we are placed in a painful position or predicament; however, the memory of pain is always fleeting. Once an illness or disorder has been cured, we barely even ruminate on the suffering we have felt until sometime later as if we had stepped out of the state as a brand new individual. This thought is not for all states of pain or illnesses though as severe diseases such as cancer or large changes to one’s physical self such as amputation can lead to long lasting change of state. I have this thought in my mind due to the numerous minor injuries and sicknesses I have suffered and how in the bat of an eye, I no longer cared once the ailment disappeared.
Besides the position the individual is in, what could be other causes of this man’s suffering?