Clinical and

therapeutic axes

In the medical field, despite the considerable progress of therapeutic techniques, the experience of the lived body, as felt from the inside, is still little known. In terms of diagnosis, the micro-phenomenological methods would allow the physician to acquire a detailed knowledge of the feelings of the patient at the different stages of his disease. They would allow an improved assessment of the therapeutic efficiency of the treatments, based not only on the symptom inventory or on a questionnaire, but on a deep understanding of the transformation of the patient's lived experience.

By helping the patient himself to become aware of early and usually silent phases of the disease or acute episode, these methods also open the way for non-pharmacological alternative therapies, of which a pioneering example is the non-pharmacological therapies of epilepsy. Such therapeutic methods based on the education of body awareness could be developed for other pathologies, in order to facilitate their prevention, detection and therapy. They could be particularly useful in the control of addictions, the management of chronic pain, generalized anxiety disorder and the treatment of depression, which according to the World Health Organization will become by 2020 the leading cause of disability worldwide.