Teaching people about pain – why do we keep beating around the bush pt 2

Continued from previous post ... All is not lost, however. There is an emerging body of literature that suggests that we can change the way people understand their pain. We can reconceptualize pain in a way that makes clear the distinction between tissue damage, nociception and pain. The bulk of the work in this area is guided by a model that … [Read more...]

Teaching people about pain – why do we keep beating around the bush

A frank approach to interpersonal communication brings with it some challenges, but having to dig oneself out of a hole, created by strategically avoiding the truth, is not one of them. This frank approach is well suited to science – the scientific process requires us to pursue and report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We do … [Read more...]

Ride for Pain At Your Place!

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GET MOVING FOR CHRONIC PAIN RESEARCH!  In conjunction with UniSA's Ride for Pain, and PainAdelaide 2013, we are giving YOU ALL the opportunity to GET INVOLVED. If you can’t make it to Adelaide in April, Ride for Pain anyway, by taking part in Ride for Pain at your place!  Simply register here. It will cost you AUD$70. We will send you your very … [Read more...]

Finding the love between scientists and clinicians – a response to Dr Butler on noijam

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I am thrilled that Dr David Butler; he of the custard tart; the Duke of Irreverence; the internationally acclaimed clinical revolutionary, has started a blog. I am chuffed that he showed me his first post before it went live. And I could not help but respond because it takes two to tango and I have a few thoughts on this issue myself. I have … [Read more...]

Specificity to neuroplasticity and back again?

There is nothing like a good thinking session to kick off the new year. In their new paper, just published in Pain Medicine, the dulcet tones of A/Prof Milton Cohen and partners have been transformed to print in what is a very interesting critique of the theory of pain as a disease. Or, as they put it, 'pain-as-a-disease'. It really is a tricky … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of La Mano, or Space-Temperature Interactions in CRPS

I was unsure about that title, but I figured it's holiday season and I am going to talk about work I did with two Italians, and I know there are some Pink Floyd fans out there. Somewhere. If you have never heard of Pink or Floyd, then go with the subtitle - Space - temperature interactions in CRPS. Earlier this year, Alberto Gallace, Charlie Spence … [Read more...]

The Conversation acupuncture piece triggers a prickly debate

Neil OConnell and Lorimer Moseley just wrote this piece for The Conversation 'Acupuncture research – the path least scientific?' and it triggered some pretty heated debate - The Conversation stopped comments for fear of the abuse getting beyond what they see to be appropriate for the public space. It is indeed amazing to see how fired up and … [Read more...]

Searching for Rene?

We stumbled across this video on YouTube. It has some terrific graphics and is well worth a look. It also has a spectacularly deep voiced star-trek type talking us through some of the neurochemical processes that occur when tissue is injured or inflamed. It touches on descending modulation, although attributes that to only one brainstem nucleus, … [Read more...]

Donate now to make Lorimer do it in a dress!

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Always wanted to see a Keynote Speaker do something outrageous? Do you think Lorimer would look fetching in a school dress?  Now you have the chance to see both these things - donate here now. So, how on earth did Lorimer find himself in this situation? Here is, as they say in marketing parlance, the 'back story'. Last week was Research … [Read more...]

Not a dry eye in my house. Paralympics, pain and plasticity.

I LOVE the Olympics. And didn't London put on a stellar show - I have really enjoyed watching you Brits hold up the mirror and get rather surprised at how good you really are at stuff - the Olympic medal haul from Team GB was truly magnificent of course. I remember how Uber-Australian we all became during and for a while after the Sydney 2000 … [Read more...]