Fluid Ink

Smudj Phantom Scribbler

Genesis: To cut a very long story short, Smudj was born from a very dark period in my life. So dark that not a pin prick of light could be seen. I was on the knife edge of suicidal, wanting to be sliced into oblivion. Close to a year before Smudj smeared its way on my page, my body had developed an autoimmune syndrome called Fibromyalgia. It … [Read more...]

Minding mindfulness – what is going on?

Dr Alex Zautra

Mindfulness is, it seems, in fashion. Every month there seems to be a new TV show or talkback hour on its wondrous curative powers.  It made it into our Christmas Dinner Conversation and I am waiting for the mindfulness-branded t-shirts and environmentally friendly canvas shopping bags to emerge.  Is it really that good? Well, fortunately there are … [Read more...]

Guidelines for treating fibromyalgia in primary care physical therapy

Guidelines are so in aren't they?  I guess this is what happens when evidenced based medicine begins to take hold. Broadly speaking, I reckon it is a good thing.  There are caveats of course - see the furore that can emerge when powerful groups don't like the guidelines - all the more likely when there is not much evidence around on which to base … [Read more...]