Uncomfortably numb

Brain~Body

Feeling numb can mean that the self has lost its physical presence, or in an emotional sense, feelings have become blunted. These are both different constructs of loss for which we are compelled to seek an answer, often causing great angst. To step out of the normal sense of self is profound, difficult to define […]

Lorimer Moseley talks about pain (2013)

Neuroscience

Here is the latest video of Dr Lorimer Moseley talking about the current understanding of pain. Regular readers will know that Lorimer’s work is some of the most influential upon the approach that I take to pain and in particular persisting pain. By thinking brain we can devise individualised treatment and training programmes for your […]

BBC Horizon ‘The Secret World of Pain’ | #pain

Back pain and neck pain | Common problems that we treat

BBC’s Horizon programme in 2011 that looked at the latest research in pain. Understanding has rolled on since this time, but some interesting features nonetheless. It is worth remembering that pain is a conscious experience that emerges from the body although the actual representation is within the brain–a widespread matrix of neurons in the brain. […]

‘Gentle’ exercise is good for the brain | #performance #health

Exercise for health and performance

We know only too well how important it is to be physically active. This may mean formal exercise or sports, but equally we can be on the move and using our bodies when undertaking day-to-day tasks. Researchers have previously found that exercise affects the brain in positive ways, including enhancing learning and memory. How to […]

You’ve had an intervention for pain – what is next?

Chronic pain treatment programmes

Many people with persisting and chronic pain elect to have an intervention for pain relief. This can include steroid injections, facet joint injections, nerve root blocks, epidurals, denervations and sympathetic blocks to name but a few. These procedures are usually administered by a pain consultant (a doctor who specialises in pain management), an orthopaedic surgeon, […]

Can diet fight chronic pain? | Guest blog by Kaitlin Colucci, Student Dietitian @kaitlincolucci

Diet and pain

Thanks to Kaitlin for writing this guest blog on diet. @kaitlincolucci As a current student at the University of Nottingham studying a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics, I have an interest in all fields of work to do with nutrition and diet. I aim to lead a healthy lifestyle and promote fitness and nutrition in […]

Creating the right conditions to move forward

3 key points 1. Nothing happens in isolation. 2. We are designed to change, grow and develop. 3. Nothing is permanent. Bearing these fundamental points in mind, we seek to create and then cultivate the right conditions so that we may move forward in life. In terms of rehabilitation, we also look to create the […]

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, […]