Painful periods

Period pain Period or menstrual pain is also referred to as dysmenorrhoea, and is usually further classified as primary (no evidence of pathology) or secondary (linked to pathology such as endometriosis). Menstrual pain affects about 60% of women who are menstruating [6], although up to 90% of adolescents can be affected [2]. For a proportion … [Read more...]

Transforming how pain is managed after surgery: Preventing long term pain and restoring psychological health

Chronic post-surgical pain is a major public health problem that’s managed to remain ‘under the radar’ for far too long.   Many of you probably know someone who’s had major surgery, but what you likely don’t know is that a common adverse effect is chronic or persistent pain – the pain never goes away, or it might, for a while, only to return at a … [Read more...]

BiM has a shake-up – introducing our Commissioning Editors, International Advisors and Associate Editors

BiM is ready for a slight shake up. We are changing our editorial structure to move away from subject areas and towards a model that we think will improve your experience of our service. So, we now have a list of Commissioning Editors, the names of whom you can see on the left. We are lucky enough to have an interdisciplinary, international group, … [Read more...]

PainAdelaide at your place! Help us take it to the world!

PainAdelaide is possibly the best little pain meeting in the world. This year is no exception - we have Prof Frank Keefe, Prof Gian Domenico Iannetti, Prof Serge Marchand, A Prof Kevin Vowles, A Prof Greg Crawford and a gaggle of other top shelf speakers. They all have to answer this question before we let them off the stage - So what? We will have … [Read more...]

Placebo vs nocebo: same-same or different?

The role of expectation in diminishing pain (as we might see in the ‘placebo effect’) has been pretty thoroughly studied.  As a result of that research, we know that experiences of pain usually fall in line with expectations of pain, that expectations (and, therefore, pain) can be manipulated with either verbal information (e.g. ‘this will be less … [Read more...]

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...]