That's right Know Pain is coming to NZ, again! We are continuing to look for organisers around NZ. How much we would love to have Mike back (i know he and Chris would love to come back), Dr Bronnie Thompson and I are honoured and flattered to have been asked by Mike to deliver Know [...]
I think I have lost count the number dejected looks I get when I have said, "the solution is to exercise", particularly when I worked in the NHS. Compare that to private practice and the standard response from patients, "They only ever give out exercises in the NHS and then I don't get seen again [...]
Mirror mirror on the wall why do I experience pain with no movement at all? It's your mirror neurons. Mirror neurons? What on earth are those? You might not believe it and it's certainly not the stuff of fairy tales but mirror neurons were apparently discovered in the brain having an important role in allowing animals to understand movement. Mirror neurons are understood to be specialized nerves that actually fire when you recognize a movement performed by another individual. In the context of pain that is pretty important. The following post will discuss how mirror neurons might play a significant part in your pain experience.
The final part of my Pain series had intended to look at the current management approaches for persistent pain. I thought about this and decided against it. Why? Well teaching you to suck eggs is not the way. I could offer the same as everyone else - solutions, guidance, strategies to empower you, to aid in the management of pain which has, in part, been highlighted in this pain series journey, but I won't. Instead I'll share my thoughts on physiotherapy and how new evidence is paving to what I believe could be a more refined direction for Physiotherapy......