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...]

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...]