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...]

The faulty alarm system problem: A plausible explanation

rat

Qu. What do a rat, a fur coat, and a Santa mask have in common? Ans. Ethically dodgy science! ‘Little Albert’ was the victim of early 20th century psychology experimentation. At nine months of age he was given a white rat, and then frightened by a loud noise whenever he reached for it. Naturally, he came to fear white rats. Surprisingly, he also … [Read more...]

Assessing tactile acuity in clinical practice

Persistent pain, in conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome and chronic low back pain, is associated with cortical changes and altered tactile acuity.[2-4, 6, 7] Tactile acuity is thus considered a clinical signature of primary somatosensory representation[5] in these conditions and is increasingly being assessed in clinical practice to … [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...]

Taking you on a roller-coaster ride with left right neck rotation judgments

Many of you may be aware of the process for making left/right judgments of hands. For those who aren’t, I’ll try to sum it up in brief. When trying to identify whether a picture of a hand is a left hand or a right, it’s thought that we access the cortical maps of our hands. The process is as follows; we pick a hand that we subconsciously think it … [Read more...]

Should we turn away people with CRPS?

Jane Bowering Body In Mind

Two foods I love eating regularly (and that’s probably not a good thing for the latter) are tuna and ice cream. Thankfully, I have a firm grasp of the concept that some things just weren’t made for mixing. You might think this is a funny way to start a blog post on CRPS… but I promise you the Adelaide heat hasn’t fried my brain. I contend that … [Read more...]

What grabs your attention?

Integrated priority map

Advertisers and marketers make a living out of grabbing your attention. They are not above using sudden loud noises (a salient physical stimulus or bottom-up attention grab). Nor do they shy away from top-down effects such as priming (defined as subtle suggestions made to the ‘subconscious’ brain to influence behaviour). But wait. Don’t classical … [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...]