Hypermobility – Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and gastrointestinal problems

Hypermobility

Hypermobility is common and is certainly a feature that we often see in patients at the clinics. Some patients have been diagnosed with hypermobility but do not know what it really means and need clarification, some are suffering aches and pains that are limiting and troublesome and still others visit with chronic pain and hypermobility […]

Humanising the patient journey

The patient journey

Modern healthcare features innumerable methods of technical investigation such as the MRI scan, blood tests and nerve conduction tests. All provide detailed information about structures and physiology state yet none tells us about the person, the human being. Many people will undergo tests and often this is necessary to determine whether there is a serious […]

Mindfulness programme

Specialist Pain Physio Clinics in London for pain, complex pain and injury

Mindfulness commonly forms part of a comprehensive treatment and training programme for pain, anxiety and stress. The origins of the practice stem from many years ago but in a modern sense, mindfulness is mind training that is akin to physical training used to improve fitness. A great deal of time is dedicated to physical activity […]

Low back pain & neck pain | a very common problem

A scan does not show pain

Most of us will experience low back pain and neck pain at some point in our lives. In fact, it is unusual not to have some aches and pains around the spine. With back and neck pain being so common in the modern world, you would assume that treatment is very effective. Sadly not. There […]

A quick note on brain~body — body~brain

Brain~Body

The brain is where it’s at. Or so it seems if you read the press or look at the bookshelves. The notion that brain is everything has been challenged recently and so it should — see here. We need enquiry at every point, challenging the comfort of thinking that we know. Despite this, it seems […]

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, […]