When in pain, the World looks different

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We are familiar with the notion that the World is always changing. In fact, change is one of the few certainties in life that we can rely upon. However, change is only possible if there is someone present to experience how things are evolving, and that person is also changing. No two moments are the […]

When is a door not a door? When it’s a jar – a perspective on back pain

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This old joke springs to mind when I think about back pain. We can think simply about a door and create an image of how it appears but in fact a door consists of at least some of the following: a piece of wood (or another material), a handle, some hinges, a lock and a […]

Chronic pain developing at work

Stress and pain at work

Many chronic problems evolve slowly. The aches and pains become increasingly bothersome without any obvious injury as our biology gradually changes. Our bodies are surviving rather than flourishing, and this is because of both physical and mental strain. Recovery time is minimised as the protective systems remain ‘on’, disrupting our ability to think clearly, sleep, laugh, […]

CRPS Bugle | July 2014 | #CRPS

CRPS Specialist Clinics in London

Dear Readers, Welcome to the July 2014 CRPS Bugle, your research update for complex regional pain syndrome. Immobilization contributes to exaggerated neuropeptide signaling, inflammatory changes, and nociceptive sensitization after fracture in rats – Guo TZ1, Wei T1, Li WW2, Li XQ3, Clark JD3, Kingery WS4. J Pain. 2014 Jul 22. pii: S1526-5900(14)00817-7. Abstract A tibia fracture […]

London Fibromyalgia Clinics | London FMS Clinics

London Fibromyalgia Clinics

I think differently about fibromyalgia, functional pain syndromes and chronic pain. Believing that there is a need to challenge the way these problems are addressed, I created a specialist clinic that draws upon neuroscience, philosophy and other disciplines to create innovative and effective ways for individuals to move forward in their lives. Fibromyalgia is known […]

Relieving low back pain — keeping it simple but effective

London Fibromyalgia Clinics

Back pain is very common and most people will experience it. Many reasons are given for back pain, usually blaming the discs (they are not discs but rather amazing structures that work with the vertebrae to allow movement and force transduction — they are also very robust), joints, muscles and posture. The simple fact is […]

Beyond the biomedical model of pain – an interview with Richmond Stace

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Recently I was interviewed by Rachael from Physiopedia and Physiospot. We discussed some of the areas I feel are important in tackling the problem of pain, in particular chronic pain. Click here for the interview Primarily the topic focus was the psychosocial aspects of pain, an area that has provoked increasing interest. The word is […]

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Mindfulness for pain, health and performance

Mindfulness programme The brief practice of mindfulness for just 10 minutes each day has a positive affect upon physical and psychological health. Mindful practice forms part of our treatment and proactive training programmes for chronic pain and health problems. However, learning the practice is beneficial for anyone who wishes to reduce feelings of tension, anxiety […]

Pain – the unseen force

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“Do we see the hundred-thousandth part of what exists? Look, here is the wind, which is the strongest force in nature, which knocks men down, destroys buildings, uproots trees, whips the sea up into mountains of water, destroys cliffs, and throws great ships onto the shoals; here is the wind that kills, whistles, groans, howls–have […]

MRI for back pain – does the report content affect the management?

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Lumbar MR Imaging and Reporting Epidemiology: Do Epidemiologic Data in Reports Affect Clinical Management? This is the question posed by the authors of this recent study, seeking to determine whether adding details about changes seen on an MRI scan in those without symptoms had any impact. The conclusion was: ‘Patients were less likely to receive […]