What is the relationship between physical activity and low back pain?

The Australian Twin low BACK pain (AUTBACK) study Almost all guidelines for the prevention and management of low back pain (LBP) emphasise the importance of regular physical activity and exercise [1, 2]. Surprisingly, the question of whether physical inactivity in general, or specific forms of physical activity, are risk or protective factors for … [Read more...]

Cytokines and all the ills that flesh is heir to

Cytokines are engaged in a perpetual identity crisis of sorts. Their role in healing and restoration of tissue integrity and homeostasis is invaluable. Yet, simultaneously, their involvement in multiple medical conditions points to their darker nature.  Given that inflammation is a common factor in many diseases, cytokines are of considerable … [Read more...]

Measuring impact of research using social media and conventional terms – a dog’s breakfast?

social media definitions

A little while ago we ran an experiment looking at social media and whether it has any influence on people reading original research papers[1] (Lorimer is going to talk more about the actual experiment in the next blog).  While we were in the process of considering our results I was surprised by the fact that there were no clear definitions of … [Read more...]

Body in Mind researchers running a bush marathon to help Indigenous Aussie kids

About 60km west of Sydney, Australia, are the Blue Mountains, so named because of the effect of southern sunlight through eucalyptus vapour. There is a famous walking trail that runs through a small section of the Blue Mountains, through what is arguably some of Australia's roughest terrain and most spectacular 'bush-scape'. Next week, the … [Read more...]

Can pain change our brain maps?

We recently published a paper on the function of the primary somatosensory cortex in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). The primary somatosensory cortex (S1) is a region of the cortex –the outer layer of the brain –which houses a precise and organised map of our body’s surface. Every part of our body surface is represented here by a network or … [Read more...]

Have your say! What Refresher Course would you want at the World Congress on Pain?

I am on the Scientific Programme Committee for the next World Congress on Pain, to be held in Buenos Aires in October 2014. I am also on the subcommittee that is organising the range of refresher courses. Refresher courses are 3 hour sessions aimed at bringing attendants up to speed in a certain area. Here is your chance to influence how the World … [Read more...]

Ride for Pain at your place – photos and movies are here

Norway Ride for Pain at your place! 2013

All those fabulous people who did Ride for Pain at your place! have completed their rides and  those who could sent their photos and movies in.  Click on the gallery pics and they get bigger.  In no particular order here are.... The Norse Vikings - Norway httpv://youtu.be/w0656e_4FRA More pics here and for you keenies click on the picture … [Read more...]

It worked before but now it doesn’t? Graded Motor Imagery in Clinical Practice

at least I work now

While pain may be a universal experience, one experience that can often plague and frustrate everyone is that time when something works one moment but then all of a sudden doesn’t work the next. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing this you’ll find that it applies to many things in life whether it be the temperamental office photocopying … [Read more...]

Placebo Analgesia

One of the best workshops I attended at the IASP congress in Milano was on placebo analgesia, run by three very classy speakers: Luana Colloca, Ulrike Bingel, and Regine Klinger. I learnt lots about the neurobiological mechanisms of placebo and nocebo, and came away with lots to ponder.  This is what I learnt: The rostral anterior cingulate … [Read more...]

It hurts. It’s in my genes.

“Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease." - William Osler On the Educational Value of the Medical Society, In Aequanimitas, p.331 As we know there have been any number of chronic pain … [Read more...]