World Congress on Physical Therapy releases ‘Teaching people about pain’ Symposium

Amsterdam is a wonderful place to go and last year about 5 thousand physiotherapists from all over the world did exactly that - the World Congress on Physiotherapy was a festival de fysio and I for one, had a ball. The official hosting body, the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, has just released many of the topical symposia presentations. … [Read more...]

Time to brush up on your acting

Rahul Mohan

We are lucky enough to have three rather clever and certainly friendly med students working on some research studies.  This post is from Rahul - it is about a paper we thought was interesting.  We wonder if there might be something in it for our quest for better treatments.  Here's Rahul- After a nauseating movie-going experience, I find myself … [Read more...]

Five questions you should ask a patient in pain

I recently did a talk for a bunch of GP's. The brief I got was to make the really tough task of assessing someone in pain a little easier - 'Perhaps you could tell them which questions to ask' were the exact words I think. So, here are the slides.  I have tried to make the pretty self explanatory, although Heidi has been trying to get me to do a … [Read more...]

Further evidence to suggest we should learn something novel every decade

photo credit: CC Varios Autores Concurso de Fotografía científica

I remember sitting my folks down and sternly counselling them to make sure they learnt a completely novel skill once per decade, to ensure that their brain doesn't turn to mush.  There is plenty of evidence to support such advice (well, aside from the 'mush' bit), but here is a new finding that adds to that evidence, with a whole new level of … [Read more...]

Brain sciences emerge in conversations about elite sport

We were chuffed and impressed to see the slideshow about amputees learning impossible movements on Mike Nelson's extreme human performance blog. We agree that our study has implications for elite sport and human performance, particularly when one considers that elite athletes are asking the absolute most of their brain as well as their body. … [Read more...]

Training the Brain 5 – Recent developments, disrupted bodily awareness

Posted under the heading of 'Training the Brain' - this series is focused on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) but relevant to all types of pain. Feel free to download and use. Training the Brain series Training the Brain 1 - Cognitive, understanding the problem Training the Brain 2 - Behavioural, function and movement hierarchy Training … [Read more...]

Training the Brain 4 – Recent developments, neglect and ownership

Posted under the heading of 'Training the Brain' - this series is focused on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) but relevant to all types of pain. Feel free to download and use.. Training the Brain series Training the Brain 1 - Cognitive, understanding the problem Training the Brain 2 - Behavioural, function and movement hierarchy Training … [Read more...]

Training the Brain 3 – Brain changes, S1 reorganisation

Posted under the heading of 'Training the Brain' - this series is focused on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) but relevant to all types of pain. Feel free to download and use. Training the Brain series Training the Brain 1 - Cognitive, understanding the problem Training the Brain 2 - Behavioural, function and movement hierarchy Training … [Read more...]

Training the Brain 2 – Behavioural, function and movement hierarchy

Posted under the heading of 'Training the Brain' - this series is focused on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) but relevant to all types of pain. Feel free to download and use. Training the Brain series Training the Brain 1 - Cognitive, understanding the problem Training the Brain 2 - Behavioural, function and movement hierarchy Training … [Read more...]

Training the Brain 1 – Cognitive, understanding the problem

We're currently going through some of Lorimer's presentations to make them freely available. We'll post them as we get them ready under the heading of 'Training the Brain' - this series is focused on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) but relevant to all types of pain. Training the Brain series Training the Brain 1 - Cognitive, understanding … [Read more...]