The meaning of pain

The meaning of pain

To me, this is one of the ultimate questions. I spend many an hour pondering the meaning of pain and of course the bottom line is that pain has a unique meaning to each and every one of us. There are a wide range of influences upon our thinking as to what the pain experience […]

Early messages about pain

Our immediate and early thoughts about an injury or pain that we feel can have a significant impact upon how we cope and manage the problem. It is therefore vital that we have a really good understanding of what is normal and what we can do to optimise the conditions for healing. Within this early experience, the […]

Women and pain 2 | Endometriosis

Women and pain 2 | Endometriosis

This is the second part in a series highlighting common painful problems that I see in women (Part 1 here). Endometriosis would not usually the reason for the referral, however this problem can often be mentioned as we talk about painful problems that are seemingly unrelated. To the individual, endometriosis can significantly affect quality of life, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A quick word on…the flare up

Chronic pain | Flare up

When pain flares up we need ways of dealing with the increase in symptoms, the distress that this can cause and the impact upon day to day living. If we could look inside our brains when a flare up is in full swing we would see a storm of activity in many areas, especially the sensory and emotional regions. […]

Working with consultants & GPs for better care

Dimensions of pain | Melzack

Our aims for patients are to ease their pain, increase their activity levels and significantly improve their quality of life with the development of heathy habits. These aims are achieved with comprehensive treatment programmes that tackle the pain source(s) and the influencing factors. Specialist Pain Physio Clinics – London & Surrey Teaming with the referring consultant […]

A quick word on… ‘checking in’

‘Checking in’ is a simple task that involves a brief self-monitoring of how one is feeling physically and mentally. This can be useful before starting exercise as a way of identifying the mindset and energy levels. From here, the programme can be modified as required so that exercise can be taken at an appropriate level. […]