BodyInMind

BodyInMind looks at the relationship between the body, the brain and the mind and how they interact particularly in chronic and complex pain disorders.

How different cultures experience and talk about pain

Roland Sussex, The University of Queensland   Many things contribute to how we experience and express pain. Gender, age, education, socioeconomic status, the relative power of the participants in the conversation, and whether the person in pain is speaking in their mother tongue or another language all affect a person’s experience of … [Read more...]

Genders experience pain differently and women have it more

Susan Evans More women than men suffer from chronic pain, described as pain that persists for more than six months. In addition, much of this pain remains undiagnosed or untreated. As well as the pain associated with menstruation or the bearing of children, waiting rooms of pain physicians, rheumatologists and gastroenterologists show clear … [Read more...]

The right words matter when talking about pain

Michael Vagg, Barwon Health It is no coincidence that we describe the “pain” of loneliness or the “agony” of rejected romantic feelings. Paper cuts can be “excruciatingly painful”, but so can watching the social mishaps of Basil Fawlty or David Brent. Personal criticism can be “stinging”. The book The Patient’s Brain outlines the evidence … [Read more...]

Poor diet quality may prolong recovery following injury

Obesity is often the result of excess energy intake that is stored in adipose tissue (fat). Obesity is a condition with significant social, economical and medical impact worldwide. The risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes and chronic pain is raised by obesity. As such, it is imperative that we gain an understanding of … [Read more...]

Can individuals with chronic pain do “too much”?

It is well established that activity can both positively and negatively impact on the pain intensity level of individuals with chronic pain. While clinicians advise and encourage their patients to stay active, it is recognised that individuals can severely aggravate their pain by doing “too much”. When activity engagement results in a severe pain … [Read more...]

Mid-back pain after traffic collisions: can your expectations move that mountain?

 “I saw my doctor and he said to me that some people suffer, that whiplash can take up to 18 months. Well, now I can see that he was
 right.” Patient with chronic pain after a traffic collision (Williamson et al., 2015) Recovery expectations have been found to play an important role in the prognosis of neck pain after traffic injuries (Holm et … [Read more...]

Chronic low back pain – are we really measuring the treatment outcome patients want?

Traditionally health care professionals (HCP) assess and treat according to the biomedical model, where the practitioner takes the leading role with diagnosis and intervention. Treatment goals are set by the HCP and are set against standard biomedical measures1.  But are patients are interested in our goals? How many exercise programs set by the … [Read more...]

On the borderline of pain

Pain is one of the most complex sensory experiences. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”, which highlights the fact that pain is a subjective phenomenon with a negative connotation. … [Read more...]

When pain on the left causes pain on the right

My recent Journal of Pain article (Niederstrasser et al., 2015) can be summarised in one really long, cryptic and almost unintelligible sentence, which if you bear with me, I will explain: “If you have high levels of catastrophic thinking about pain and high fear of pain, and we inflict pain on one part of your body, then you are more likely to … [Read more...]

Is cognitive-behavioural therapy useful for neck pain?

Recently, I had the opportunity to complete a Cochrane systematic review on the effects of cognitive-behavioural therapy on pain, disability, psychological factors, and the quality of life among individuals with subacute and chronic neck pain. This review is the result of a fruitful two year collaboration , between my research team at the … [Read more...]