Category Archives: Understanding pain

21Oct/11

Using neuroscience to understand and treat pain

I love neuroscience. It makes my job much easier despite being a hugely complex subject. Neuroscience research has cast light over some of the vast workings of our brains and helped to explain how we experience ourselves andRead More…

09Oct/11

Mastery (2): practice, practice and then….practice

Mastery is defined in the Oxford dictionary as: comprehensive knowledge or skill in a particular subject or activity control or superiority over someone or something The concept of mastery is often applied to a musical instrument,Read More…

29Sep/11

Mastering your rehabilitation – Part 1: why exercise & train?

When we sustain an injury or experience a painful condition, our movement changes. In the early stages this can be obvious, for example we would limp having sprained an ankle. Sometimes the limp, medically termed an ‘antalgic gait’,Read More…

26Sep/11

Dysmenorrhoea and Pain

Dysmenorrhoea and pain — You may wonder why I am writing about dysmenorrhoea. It is because in a number of cases that I see, there is co-existing dysmenorrhea and other functional pain syndromes. These include irritableRead More…

09Jun/11

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – ‘it feels weird’

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) often presents with a number of signs and symptoms. The main complaints are usually pain, colour change (minute to minute sometimes), temperature change, swelling, sweating changes, skin/nail/hair changes (trophic) and anRead More…

21Apr/11

Aches & pains, stresses & strains

  Treatment Programme for life’s ailments Aches and pains are a normal part of life, reminding us that we are doing too much, too little or something potentially injurious. Classically, sitting at the desk for hours,Read More…

19Apr/11

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is undoubtedly a nasty condition in many cases. It can be hugely disruptive in the desire to lead a normal and fulfilling life dueRead More…