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...]

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...]

The search for the ‘hurt’…..in the brain?

Mind, the gap

It was quite the line up at the recent IASP conference: Tracey, Apkarian, Flor, Crombez, Iannetti, Moseley …the groupies were gathering around a melting pot of pain-full ideas. One such thought provoking notion was the search for “the ‘hurt’ in the brain”, in association with a staunch refuting of the use of the ‘pain signature’ label- a … [Read more...]

I didn’t do anything to deserve this….

And now you’re going to pay! Perceptions of injustice can emerge from a variety of conditions such as injury as the result of another’s actions – or in the case of not installing appropriate safety procedures – inactions - the experience of undeserved or irreparable loss or if the individual is exposed to a situation that transgresses human rights, … [Read more...]

The Opioid Bank. It seems we are facing another global crisis!

Opioids. We all know what they are and that there are a lot of them going around, but it wasn’t until I was asked to write this blog on the information overloading review by Manchikanti and friends (2010) that I realised quite the extent. And to tell you the truth, it’s painfully scary! In a nutshell, well over half of the review pumped out … [Read more...]

Considering patient preferences when treating chronic NSLBP

In a past life I worked as an auto-electrician in a local car dealer. I was kept busy, as Australian build-quality ensures a steady flow of cars in need of repair. The process was relatively simple. A car would come in to the workshop, I would diagnose the problem, replace the faulty part and send it on its way. For the most part, it wouldn’t come … [Read more...]

Skin: not as superficial as you think

A human foetus can do it, as can a newt, even a starfish has got it nailed; yet when it comes to you and I, regeneration is a struggle. That is not to say we can’t repair ourselves, we do so but the end result – a scar - can have a profound effect on the physical and psychological aspects of sufferer. Fiona Wood strives to change this. World … [Read more...]

Part two of Parallel worlds collide… and we all see stars, or astrocytes at least

Immune activation can produce some powerful and longlasting behaviour changes. Take single event learning for example (Ader and Cohen 1975) - the seminal study that  proved that the immune system response could be behaviourally conditioned. Ader and Cohen (1975)  paired sugar with an immunosuppressive agent in rats. When a foreign agent (sheep red … [Read more...]