A national initiative to advance pain education across Canadian physiotherapy programs

Integrating best evidence on pain management within the entry-level training of healthcare professionals is arguably one of the most comprehensive and effective ways of closing the knowledge-to-practice gap within our field. This, however, is no simple feat. One important challenge is that there are a multitude of factors and invested stakeholders … [Read more...]

2018 EPIC Scholarship Results!

In it’s third year, the EPIC scholarship continues the tradition of helping keen people get to an international conference.  This year we opened it to any international conference – and had so many great applications that it took us two sittings to review them all!  We are happy to be able to help two professionals who both have goals to bring … [Read more...]

What does best-practice patient education look like?

It comes as no surprise to any health professional that one of the most important, time consuming and arguably, most rewarding aspects of our practice is providing ‘advice and education’ to our patients. This may include discussing their concerns, teaching skills and in many cases re-educating unhelpful beliefs and behaviours. What I found very … [Read more...]

Announcing the 2018 EPIC scholarship

We started the EPIC scholarship back in 2015 and awarded the first three winners for the Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Conference of 2017. The entire purpose of the EPIC scholarship is to help other people have the opportunity to attend a conference that would normally not be possible.  While not all conferences are created equally, every conference … [Read more...]

I believe the (children) undergraduate physiotherapists are the future

The biomedical model of pain remains heavily dominant in most avenues of life. Despite strong scientific support for the biopsychosocial model the vast majority of patients and the public do not understand pain beyond the age-old idea of pain means damage/injury. Unfortunately, holding such an understanding appears to predispose people to develop … [Read more...]

The science and philosophy of the meaning of pain

This is the seventh in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- I was delighted to be asked to present a chapter from the recent collection Meanings of Pain. Dr Smadar Bustan's contribution- A Scientific and Philosophical Analysis of Meanings of Pain in Studies of Pain and … [Read more...]

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...]