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. […]

Relieving low back pain — keeping it simple but effective

Low back pain - simple strategies to change pain and move on

Back pain is very common and most people will experience it. Many reasons are given for back pain, usually blaming the discs (they are not discs but rather amazing structures that work with the vertebrae to allow movement and force transduction — they are also very robust), joints, muscles and posture. The simple fact is […]

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 […]

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) – a personal experience

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Huge thanks to Kayleigh (Follow Kayleigh on twitter @KsEDSchallenge) for sharing her experience of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The way that clinicians and the public truly understand conditions is through the personal stories that are described first hand. The narrative is key. I was diagnosed with EDS in late 2013 (aged 25), having displayed symptoms my whole […]

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 […]

20 years in healthcare — what have I learned?

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Reflecting back on over 20 years of time spent in healthcare there are a few things that stand out as being important. Much of what is learned has been pruned and will continue to be sculpted as knowledge emerges from the research. Here are my top three: 1. Harnessed from the great writing of Oliver […]

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 […]

Are you turned on?

Turned on?

At the risk of sounding ambiguous, many people are turned on. In particular, city dwellers and workers who are being hit with innumerable stimuli, bombarding the senses, triggering on-going responses by the brain, the mind and the body. Whether it be the noise of the traffic, the lights at night, the phantom vibrations of the […]