Imagery in the correct context and at the right time is healthy for a person with a pain problem. Imagining moving a body part in a non-painful, smooth way can alter the individual pain neuromatrix through changes in cognitive factors (feeling happier about moving the painful part), affective components (reducing the fear and anxiety attributed to the movement) and the sensory changes manifested (normalising sensory discrimination).
From a biological viewpoint imagery, both motor and mental, could affect changes in all bodily systems dynamically and synchonously. Most notably are changes in the pain modulatory system, immune system (altered immunomodulation), autonomic nervous system and the motor system (increased strength and motor perfromance),
Imagery could include visualisation in social situations or in different environments and as such may affect the persons' interaction with family and friends, ability to work and to continue with their previous creative outlets.