Media Stories 2014

British Journal of Sports Medicine: Podcast: Lorimer Moseley on the brain and mind in chronic pain

Link to podcast

16 June 2014

Professor Lorimer Moseley holds the Inaugural Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia as well as being a Professor of Neurosciences. He completed his PhD in 2002 and has both learned and shared wisdom at the Universities of Queensland, Sydney and Oxford before settling in Adelaide. He leads the Body in Mind Research Group and coauthored the best-selling ‘Explain Pain’.

In this podcast he answers questions from Ebonie Rio, Department of Physiotherapy, Monash University, covering the important difference between pain and nociception, and sharing thoughts on how pain science can help clinicians working in sports medicine.

You’ll hear him share the best, and worst, ways to explain pain to patients. He predicts how low back pain management will look in 100 years’ time. As always with Lorimer Moseley. expect thoughtful reflections shared with big dob of humour and humility.

Here’s the link to Lorimer’s 2011 YouTube TEDx talk ‘Why things hurt’

He has published two papers in BJSM in recent years (but these are not central to the podcast):
Acupuncture applied as a sensory discrimination training tool decreases movement-related pain in patients with chronic low back pain more than acupuncture alone: a randomised cross-over experiment

Are children who play a sport or a musical instrument better at motor imagery than children who do not?

Link to podcast here

Understanding pain: can the brain provide all the answers?

6 January 2014

Flavia Di Pietro and James McAuley reflect on understanding pain in their article for The Conversation

We now know that there’s much more to pain than simply what is happening in the painful body part, and attention has turned to the role of the brain. But not even this mysterious organ can tell us everything we need to know about pain, at least not yet.

You may wonder why the brain is part of the discussion about pain at all. After all, we’re not talking about a brain disease such as Alzheimer’s or stroke.

But we think that the brain is actually the best place to lookwhen trying to understand pain; after all, pain is a purely subjective experience.

The problem is that pain cannot be “seen”. While a flinch, a limp, or a grimace may provide us with clues, ultimately we only know that someone is in pain if they tell us they are.

And it doesn’t necessarily make sense to only consider the part of the body that’s sore – sometimes people report pain in a body part that no longer exists, known as phantom limb pain.

Read more here in The Conversation

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