Tweeting Back

Globally, around 3.2-billion people are connected to the Internet. Online technologies are now ever-present in daily life, and they are influencing healthcare in new and exciting ways. The World Health Organisation has defined this phenomenon as “eHealth” - the practice of medicine and public health supported by electronic processes and … [Read more...]

Identification of pain from facial expressions using spatial frequency information

We often hear that pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience which is highly personal and subjective. However, pain also happens in a social context and we are beginning to understand more about how we communicate pain to others. As well as talking about pain we also know that pain can be communicated to others through nonverbal … [Read more...]

Giving Thanks: A Means to Improve Your Health 

My family has a tradition that every year at Thanksgiving we all go around the table sharing what we are thankful for. My dad was grateful for his current passion for the guitar, my brother for the new Fallout 4 video game and mom for her upcoming retirement. High on my list was sleep, having just finished my Doctorate in Physical Therapy … [Read more...]

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...]

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 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...]