Want to turbo-charge your rehab? Go to the movies!

Jack Nicklaus is on the short list of the greatest golfers of all time, and I love his evocative quote, “before every shot, I go to the movies.” He never hits the ball (not even in practice) without first having a very sharp, focused picture of it in his head. He constructs a detailed image of the green, every dimple on the ball, the trajectory and … [Read more...]

It worked before but now it doesn’t? Graded Motor Imagery in Clinical Practice

While pain may be a universal experience, one experience that can often plague and frustrate everyone is that time when something works one moment but then all of a sudden doesn’t work the next. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing this you’ll find that it applies to many things in life whether it be the temperamental office photocopying … [Read more...]

Does graded motor imagery satisfy the Burns test?

In the last post, I put Explaining Pain (EP) through its paces on the Burns test of 5 criteria that need to be met if we are to accept a theory of how a treatment works.  Well, today I am going to put graded motor imagery (GMI) through the same test, just to give you all an idea on how far we have to go.  As we point out in the Graded Motor Imagery … [Read more...]

Graded motor imagery, one shark and two men on a mission

We recently got an email from the guys at Neuro Orthopaedic Institute, or NOI as they are more commonly known.  Now, none of us at BiM are part of NOI but we like the stuff they do and thought that this latest venture was worth giving a shout out for. The feedback we got from people who attended has been great.  This is what they did.... Tom Giles … [Read more...]

Seeing the forest for the trees. Thinking about motor imagery in kids with hemiplegia

By Megan Auld In research and in clinical practice, I’m forever finding myself snagged on the details – missing the story by getting caught up with p-values, forgetting that the arm I’m treating is connected to a head.  Which is perhaps why I remember so clearly when Lorimer first persuaded me to focus on treating the source of the problem – the … [Read more...]

People who can’t imagine

When I remember primary school, I remember one of my teachers cutting snot out of his nose with a pair of scissors when he thought no-one was looking. When I remember high school, I remember teachers saying two things, mainly.  "Lorimer, LORIMER, are you with us?" and "Well you certainly have a good imagination..."  In fact, imagining things … [Read more...]

Is CRPS an auto-immune disease

Intravenous Immunoglobulin in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Andreas Goebel on the results of his latest clinical trial .Just imagine the causes of some chronic pains are completely different from what you had thought. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a severe pain which persists after limb trauma. You are unlucky if you develop this nasty … [Read more...]

A University Student’s Guide to Motor Imagery

It’s only the first week into my research year and the mountain of literature surrounding motor imagery is daunting. After having analyzed an article[1] outlining left-right hand judgments I feel I am in the position to impart my “dummy’s guide to motor imagery”. Motor imagery is the mental process by which an individual simulates a given … [Read more...]

Reflections, imagery, and illusions: the past, present and future of training the brain in CRPS

More than a century ago, Harvard Professor Charles Burnett described a set of experiments in which healthy volunteers moved their hands in front of a mirror(1). He reported that watching the reflection of their own bodies disrupted the movement and perceived position of their limbs. Since then, many philosophers and psychologists have used mirrors … [Read more...]