What is acceptance of pain and why would anyone want it?

Over recent decades, a reasonable amount of data has been generated which suggests that greater acceptance of chronic pain is associated with fewer pain-related difficulties, such as distress and disability, and better overall quality of life (for reviews, see: McCracken & Vowles, 2014; Scott & McCracken, 2015; Vowles & Thompson, 2011). … [Read more...]

Explainer – what is pain?

This is an expanded and re-targeted version of the original piece, 'Explainer-What is Pain', published in The Conversation. ‘..if someone has a pain in his hand, then the hand does not say so ….. one does not comfort the hand, but the sufferer: one looks into his face.’ Wittgenstein 1953[1] ‘So what is pain?’ It might seem like an easy question – … [Read more...]

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...]

The BiM 2015 Christmas Edition

As is customary, it is time to look back on another stellar year in the Body in Mind Research group. Just in case you had forgotten, here is our brief ‘who are we’ blurb: The Body in Mind research group is based at the Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and Neuroscience Research Australia in … [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...]