Sympathetic nervous system indeed! … and why some people suffer over your pain

This is the sixth in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- Every day we are bombarded with expressions that borrow from the world of pain. Public spokespersons frequently allude to harmful implications of social, environmental or economic policies and events, such as the … [Read more...]

The lived experience of pain-related fear in people with low back pain

This post is the fifth in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- For many people low back pain (LBP) is scary. The spine is commonly perceived to be the structure linking our limbs to our trunk. It is also perceived to be the structure protecting the body’s ‘neural highway’ — the … [Read more...]

The moral experience of the person with chronic pain

This post is the fourth in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- What does the word ‘moral’ mean to you? These days it is often used to describe a person, or their actions, as being either ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. The ancient Greek thinker Aristotle had a different handle on it, … [Read more...]

Is an objective brain measure of pain possible?

This post is the third in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- On the surface, the pursuit of an objective measure of pain seems entirely sensible. After all, if I go and see my doctor and complain of feeling feverish he or she will inevitably take my temperature to obtain an … [Read more...]

N=1 as a reference for general concepts of experiencing pain

This post is the second in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- Should we allow our own experiences to guide our research? While ‘objectivity’ is being strived for in quantitative research, Rysewyk and Baeyer (2016) argue that researchers should focus more on their own … [Read more...]

A call to study the Meanings of Pain

This post is the first in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). We kick off the series with a question and answer session between Simon van Rysewyk, editor and contributor of Meanings of Pain, and Lorimer Moseley (LM), Editor-in-Chief of BiM. LM: Why make a call to study the Meanings … [Read more...]

Explain Pain Supercharged is here!

After many years of writing, discussing, researching, washing down toasted ham and cheese croissants with copious amounts of coffee, arguing and testing, Lorimer and I have completed a clinical manual for anyone involved in pain treatment – and after all of it we’re still even talking to each other! We’ve been asked over and over for a book … [Read more...]

World Congress on Pain Posters

Scientific conferences usually have a poster section which provide a rich and condensed source of some of the research that is currently being done around the globe. The International Association for the Study of Pain congress in Milan had a huge array, hundreds of new posters every day, ranging from sleep disorders to the genetic determinants of … [Read more...]

What can a patient’s pain tell us about contributing mechanisms?

Ever put down a copy of Explain Pain, or some other highly valuable text, and asked 'So how do I integrate all this stuff when I assess a patient and plan treatment?' You might have felt exasperated after reading yet another article on pain mechanisms, or central sensitisation, or cortical reorganisation, and said to yourself 'yes but how do I know … [Read more...]

The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook: “Thats what I’m talkin’ about!”

I think my 7 year old son knew that if he used this phrase enough it would eventually sneak into a blog post. Well congratulations Lord Adorable SqueakyPants, it has! It has made it in because we are pretty excited that a project we have been working on for some time is almost done - it is at the printing press as we speak.  The Graded Motor … [Read more...]