Enhancing performance with imagery

We can improve our performance with visualisation. By stimulating the neuronal activity in the brain, you are rehearsing to improve the efficiency of firing and communication between the brain cells and diminishing any threat value. Combining practice with imagery is a potent way of tackling the stress associated with a particular task (e.g./ a speech, […]

Feel good in the New Year – here’s some simple tips

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Facing the ups and downs of life is a normal part of the ride. Clearly some individuals will face steeper challenges than others. How we tackle these problems will vary according to what we know, our coping skills and resilience at that particular time. From where do the ways in which we deal with these […]

Top 5 tips I’ve given to patients this year

There are a number of key messages that I deliver to patients during their programme I see this as ‘drip feeding’ vital information that changes the perception of threat and hence alters the way in which pain is experienced. We know that understanding pain has a very real benefit by changing the meaning of the […]

What does your pain mean to you? Learning from the #Messi injury

Lionel Messi

“I sincerely thought it was the last ball I would be touching for a long time because of the pain,” Messi said. “I tried to go ahead and shoot but I didn’t have the strength.” Last week Lionel Messi, arguably the World’s best footballer, thought that his career had come to an end with a […]

A brief mindfulness exercise: just a few moments to foster clarity

Stress and pain

There are significant health and performance-based benefits that come from brief periods of mindful practice during the day including: An ability to focus with clarity Avoid being ‘bogged down’ by negative thinking Emotional regulation Clear thinking Emotional intelligence Awareness of self and others (empathy) Reduced feelings of anxiety and tension Tackle stress Pain relief Improved […]

A quick word on daily aches and pains

Depression

Everyone experiences aches and pains each day of a varying nature. Some are fleeting twinges, others are associated with an injury, sitting too long and stress, or in many cases there is a gradual creep over a period of time. The process of going from a pain free state to a painful state is complex and contextual. […]

Aches and pains in Chelsea

Chelsea, London | Tackling aches and pains

Sitting in the heart of Chelsea just off Sloane Square, our clinic at The Chelsea Consulting Rooms is the place to come with your persisting aches and pains. Pain is a normal everyday experience of course, but when it persists, pain is less useful and becomes the source of suffering and limitation. We can stop […]

Women and pain | Part 1

Endometriosis & melatonin | Women and pain series

‘As many as 50 million American women live with one or more neglected and poorly understood chronic pain conditions’  Generally I see more female patients than male. This observation supports the view that chronic pain is more prevalent in women than in men for some conditions – see the International Association for the Study of Pain fact sheet here. […]

The brain changes

The brain changes in pain

The nervous system is plastic meaning that it changes and moulds according to the stimuli presented. Norman Doidge wrote about the ‘brain that changes itself’ and we have seen over the past 10 years or so an increasing number of studies that show this in a range of conditions, some painful and others not. Our […]

Pain: perception, expectation, meaning – it’s all important

Chronic pain

I regularly scour the literature for the latest studies that look at pain mechanisms. Firstly I am fascinated by the science and philosophy of pain, both personally as it is so intrical to life and living, and because I need to understand the current thinking in pain to be effective as a clinician–one day I will […]