When in pain, the World looks different

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We are familiar with the notion that the World is always changing. In fact, change is one of the few certainties in life that we can rely upon. However, change is only possible if there is someone present to experience how things are evolving, and that person is also changing. No two moments are the […]

Where have ‘I’ gone?

Neuroscience focuses upon the brain. Neuroscience has shown us that the brain is involved with pain. Consequently the brain has been blamed for pain, the unpleasant motivator that is designed to grab our attention and enforce action that protects us from a threat, actual or potential. Recent thinking that sensibly gathers paradigms from both neuroscience […]

Pain and tiredness

Pain is tiring and being tired worsens pain. It is a cycle with these two bedfellows, each begetting the other. But, not only does fatigue increase our sensitivity, we also have less resilience and powers of coping. A double whammy indeed. Sleep is often disrupted in chronic pain states. Either having difficulty getting to sleep […]

Fibromyalgia — creating conditions for change

Pain and symptoms can and do change. They can change moment to moment and day to day, but if you suffer persisting symptoms, all of the variations can blend into a long physical and mental struggle. Striving for change needs understanding, motivation, resilience and a plan of how to reach your goals. Fibromyalgia is biology […]

When do we seek help for our pain?

When do we seek help? I am interested in the point at which an individual decides that they need help. The timeline varies enormously from the initial feeling of pain to years of discomfort that finally become intolerable or limiting. Each person will have their own view that is grooved by prior experiences, culture, beliefs […]

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

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“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 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 […]