Is GDR effective in the treatment of chronic neck pain?

Satoshi Nobusako

It was in 2005 that I came up with the idea of a “gaze direction recognition" (GDR) task as a possible treatment for chronic neck pain. At that time some of the rehabilitation patients visiting my rehabilitation department had suffered from neck pain for a long time because of cervical strain or previous cervical spine surgery. In those days, such … [Read more...]

A Painful Yarn part two

Continued from Eric's A Painful Yarn part one ......So, what did I notice? First, the adrenaline that accompanied the accident was wearing off. I could feel moment-by-moment discomfort and tension increasing in my right ankle and left knee as they swelled. I also got the sense that my body wanted movement. I found myself doing the proverbial … [Read more...]

A Painful Yarn part one

Eric Kruger

I was riding my bike on my normal route to work. Then it happened, like a blink. A jeep that was not supposed to be there was there, coming at me. No time to change course or apply brakes, just brace for impact. I was headed west bound on a two lane road. Entering a light controlled intersection on a green light.  A Jeep Cherokee in the opposing … [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...]

Central Hypersensitivity in Chronic Shoulder Pain


Subacromial impingement syndrome is a common cause of shoulder pain that has multiple causes (subacromial bursitis to rotator cuff tendinopathy and full-thickness rotator cuff tears).  Unfortunately, for almost half of people afflicted with this syndrome, medical treatment is not successful and they will continue to have shoulder pain 2 years later … [Read more...]

Mind and machine: moving from rehabilitation to restoration?

Many futuristic movies and books depict humans with upgrades.  Extra limbs or special abilities are common and some even create a hybrid of human and machine as in Robocop.  This post will look at just how real that hybrid is and how technology and neuroscience are allowing this to happen. ‘60 minutes’ in the US recently showed a segment that … [Read more...]

Finding the love between scientists and clinicians – a response to Dr Butler on noijam

Lorimer Moseley profile pic

I am thrilled that Dr David Butler; he of the custard tart; the Duke of Irreverence; the internationally acclaimed clinical revolutionary, has started a blog. I am chuffed that he showed me his first post before it went live. And I could not help but respond because it takes two to tango and I have a few thoughts on this issue myself. I have … [Read more...]

Tales of Tactile Trickery

Rohan Miegel

While reading Oliver Sacks’ new book ‘Hallucinations’ one would expect to encounter stories of visual, auditory, and perhaps olfactory misperceptions.  What caught my attention however, were the stories of tactile hallucinations.  One can perhaps feel reasonably safe when hallucinations are just images dancing in your field of vision, but having … [Read more...]

What about people who do function WITH chronic pain?

Remko Soer

Well, what about those? Most researchers would suggest there aren't many of them.  A quick review on PubMed will only give you a few useful hits, however it is estimated that about 70% of all people suffering from chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain manage to stay functioning at work. In actual fact this may in many cases be for the better, as … [Read more...]

Self-management for low back pain

Vinicius Cunha Oliveira

I have had an interest in low back pain since the early stages of my career as a physiotherapist. My relatives, friends and patients complained about this condition and its recurrence even after receiving treatment. At that time, I was intent on finding a “cure” for this condition. I often browsed the literature to find the causes and possible … [Read more...]