Body in Mind http://www.bodyinmind.org Research into the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:44:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Enjoy a surf?http://www.bodyinmind.org/pain-health-rap-el/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/pain-health-rap-el/#respond Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:44:44 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12996 Margaret River in Western Australia has some of the best surfing in the world…great food and wine too…but that’s not all. There’s a bit of digital technology wave-riding happening over west too, with 2 new initiatives recently launched and freely available not matter where you live. painHEALTH:  aimed at helping people with persistent pain RAP-el: […]

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Can diagnostic uncertainty bias patients’ memory?http://www.bodyinmind.org/impact-of-diagnostic-labelling-in-clbp/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/impact-of-diagnostic-labelling-in-clbp/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:47:18 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12983 Our thoughts shape our emotional and behavioural responses. This is a well-established principle in psychological research and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. We use preconceptions – known as “schemas” – to help us filter new and ambiguous information. These schemas are helpful in many ways, but they do not always serve us well: they will often produce […]

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Did you expect anything different?http://www.bodyinmind.org/expectations-of-recovery/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/expectations-of-recovery/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:19:06 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12975 Asking your patient what they expect is the thing to do these days, the idea being that what they expect is likely to influence how they will end up. The past years have seen an explosion of research into patient expectations, most of this research either looks at the link between patients’ expectations and their […]

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But they walked, hopped and jumped on it!http://www.bodyinmind.org/pain-modulation-through-anticipation/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/pain-modulation-through-anticipation/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:18:50 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12872 From the days of my infancy as a physiotherapist, I was raised on the teaching that pain should be measured by subjective means only. You have to ask the patient. You cannot presume to judge the magnitude of their experience: you ask them, and they tell you. If they say it’s a 2 out of […]

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Weather Does Not Affect Back Painhttp://www.bodyinmind.org/weather-affect-back-pain/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/weather-affect-back-pain/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:46:48 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12969 Everyone has a story about their back pain and one story you often hear is that the weather makes the person’s back pain worse. Topical now in Sydney as it is quite cold. We had an open mind on the issue because we had heard the story so many times but we also know that […]

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Stopping ectopic activity at the DRG: Revolution in phantom limb pain or another red herring?http://www.bodyinmind.org/lution-in-phantom-limb-pain-or-another-red-herring/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/lution-in-phantom-limb-pain-or-another-red-herring/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:21:10 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12941 We were very fortunate to have Prof Srinivasa Raja and A/Prof Matthias Ringkamp write a post for us on the high profile papers that just came out in PAIN, both relevant to the ongoing debate of peripheral vs central mechanisms of neuropathic pain. In case you are not in the know, these guys are big […]

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A Sore Spot: Central or peripheral generation of chronic neuropathic pain?http://www.bodyinmind.org/central-peripheral-generation-neuropathic-pain/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/central-peripheral-generation-neuropathic-pain/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:10:30 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12874 Is pain maintained by input from the periphery or by independent, central (spinal or supraspinal) generators

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Dry needling for myofascial pain. Does the evidence make the grade?http://www.bodyinmind.org/dry-needling-myofascial-pain/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/dry-needling-myofascial-pain/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:23:20 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12879 Last year, JOSPT published a systematic review and meta-analysis of dry needling for upper quarter myofascial pain. We thought it was a really well conducted systematic review, but we were somewhat surprised by the abstract, the interpretation of results and the accompanying advice to patients. So we wrote a letter to the journal. They did […]

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Professor Michael Nicholas on adherencehttp://www.bodyinmind.org/michael-nicholas-adherence/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/michael-nicholas-adherence/#respond Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:59:54 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12868 The third and last in our series of  keynote speaker interviews by Australian Pain Society at their annual conference.  This one is by Professor Michael Nicholas on adherence. Michael Nicholas is Professor at the Sydney Medical School, Director of the ADAPT program at the Royal North Shore Hospital and also Director of the Graduate Pain Education program at the […]

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Dr Andrew Moore on Evidence and Painhttp://www.bodyinmind.org/evidence-pain-clinical-trials-drugs/ http://www.bodyinmind.org/evidence-pain-clinical-trials-drugs/#respond Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:05:41 +0000 http://www.bodyinmind.org/?p=12858 The second of three keynote speaker interviews by Australian Pain Society at their annual conference: Dr Andrew Moore on evidence and pain and the effectiveness of certain types of drugs. Dr Andrew Moore is Director of Pain Research, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford, and Chairman of the International Association for the Study of Pain Systematic Review […]

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