Sensory processing is the reconciliation of information coming in from the periphery on the brain’s internal model of the world and self. Perception is the ascribed meaning about the sensation, the environment, the person, and context. The lack of awareness of neuroplasticity and sensory processing in regards to the experience of pain, is extremely problematic for patients in their interactions with healthcare providers and navigation of health systems.
It is imperative that people feel hopeful, not hopeless. The idea that symptoms vary, implies that something is influencing the change. If we can track symptom changes better, then we have an opportunity to decipher what may be contributing to that fluctuation.
I think there is a misconception that self management strategies are solely about coping. There is very much a coping element to it, but more importantly it is about massed practice of “safety” to promote neuroplastic change away from persistent pain.
There isn't a magic exercise or manipulation that will make them feel better. But harnessing their "happy" can help a lot.