Accessible Resources

Physiotherapists supporting people living with pain often use materials to support their learning and understanding of pain to promote behaviour change.

Despina Karargyri, PPA Equality and Diversity Officer has collated these links for people who require adapted or interpreted materials.

Resources in other languages

Retrain Pain Foundation

Quick, engaging materials around the topic of persistent pain. Bitesize information translated in 23 languages.


The PainToolkit

An extensive set of resources to help people self-manage persistent pain. Can be translated into multiple languages via the Google Translate drop down menu in most browsers. 


Tame the Beast

Resources developed by Lorimer Moseley and David Moen. Closed Captioning (c) and subtitles have been provided in 11 languages, in addition to 'auto-translation' on YouTube.


Understanding Pain - Brainman videos

Understanding pain in less than 5 minutes 

This video is available in multiple languages by searching YouTube, or accessed here.


Recovery Strategies

Greg Lehman's extensive resource has been translated into a number of languages and is available here.


World PT Day 2019 Resources

World PT Day 2019 theme was the role of physiotherapy in chronic pain. Resources were developed in multiple languages and can be accessed via the World Physiotherapy site.

World PT Day 2019


Doing What Matters in Times of Stress

The World Health Organisation have released an illustrated stress management guide for coping with adversity.

Available in 9 languages, with audio files to be released soon.

Doing what matters in times of stess


PTX: Physiotherapy Exercises

This free site offers physiotherapy exercises in 15 languages. The translations have been done by volunteers, so not all exercises have been translated and some of them may not be entirely accurate.

Selecting a different language also changes the website language, so select the exercises, then go to the homepage to change the language. The site automatically returns you to the exercises you have complied to save and send.

PTX site


Culturally adapted resources

Mr Shoiab from the Bradford Living With Pain Service, makes a case for culturally adapted resources, not just interpreted.

Leaflets for Muslim patients living with pain (available to PPA members)

Pain Toolkit video in Urdu


Making videos accessible

Many apps and sites can support closed captioning and auto translation subtitles, but YouTube has this functionality embedded. This means any YouTube video can be viewed with automatic subtitles by selecting the option in the settings (bottom right hand corner of the video).

Your own videos can also be closed captioned, and translated into other languages. This document illustrates how to do this.


Developing accessible resources

SCULPT- Shaping your documents and content for accessible and inclusive practice

This was developed by Worcestershire County Council in response to research into developing inclusive digital resources.

Dyslexia Friendly Style Guide

Video and Audio Accessibility Considerations (University of Glasgow resource)

Microsoft provides detailed guidance in the use of their Office applications to enhance accessibility

A guide for physiotherapists not specialising one mental health. “So your next patient has a mental health condition

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