The habitat — multisensory memories

Memories of the habitat

Running in the woods today I was taken back to school days when we would go down to the habitat to learn about nature. Our enthusiastic science teacher, whose laboratory experiments would invariably go wrong, led us down the hill, across the playing fields and into a small wooded area that surrounded a murky pond. […]

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

Protect the body with armour - the muscular system

“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 […]

5 reasons why I use manual therapy for cases of persisting pain

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Some will argue that manual therapy — joint and/or soft tissue techniques — has no role in chronic pain. I disagree. Why? (In no particular order) 1. Touch is normal and it is something that we do when we care. 2. Hands on treatment is expected when you visit a physiotherapist or physical therapist. 3. […]

5 reasons why mindfulness is part of our treatment programmes

Mindfulness for pain, health and performance

1. Mindfulness reduces suffering: pain, anxiety, tension. 2. Mindfulness promotes clarity of thought. 3. Mindfulness develops a sense of calm. 4. Mindfulness creates an ability to focus ones attention where you want to, and not in response to the wandering mind. 5. Mindfulness changes physiology, triggering restorative processes: e.g./ healing, digestion, sleep, anti-inflammatory action. For […]

Where do we tackle pain?

Where does pain come from?

When someone tells you that they have a painful knee, it makes sense to have a look at the joint to see what has gone wrong. Perhaps an x-ray or a scan would help to determine the state of the cartilage, bone and surrounding soft tissue. An assessment of the range of motion, motor control and […]

Too many cases of “I can’t” — the effects of persisting pain

Turn 'no' into 'yes'

Frequently patients tell me at the first meeting that they cannot do x, y and z. Naturally, when something hurts we avoid that activity or action because pain is unpleasant. It hurts physically and mentally. In the acute stages of an injury or condition, it is wise to be protective as this is a key […]

We must think more widely on hypermobility and joint hypermobility syndrome

Hypermobility

Commonly when a patient presents with hypermobility or joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) there are a range of other problems that are painful or at least involve some sensitivity. This can include headaches, migraines, pelvic pain, chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia and fatigue. The underpinning sensitisation is the thread that runs […]

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 […]