Can we treat all pain the same or does pain mean different things to different people? If so why, and what does that mean to us as manual therapists? This article will help you to gain an understanding of where an individual's pain may be originating from, and then explore how you can adapt your treatment approach in order to have the greatest effect. Register below to read the key points for this article
This leaflet outlines the many benefits of exercise for lower back pain and has been written specifically for patients. You can purchase it individually using the Purchase button below, or as part of any of... Read More
We are all experts in how our own body feels but how does this come about and what happens to this when we're in pain? As a clinician you use specific assessment techniques to understand... Read More
Communication about a patient’s pain experience is a fundamental component of rehabilitation, but often requires the use of metaphoric expressions. However, whilst the meaning of some metaphors is clear, for others it can be obscure.... Read More
Our regular research review summarises research looking into the effectiveness of dry needling for myofascial pain.
Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews research looking into complex regional pain syndrome.
Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews research looking into chronic widespread pain.
Our brains are constantly being remodelled in response to our movement and pain experiences. This article seeks to highlight the neural mechanisms involved in this neuroplastic remodelling, as these processes are vital for therapists to understand. We will look at how we can start to target the cortical representations of the physical parts of the body within our cerebral cortex and the research, science and techniques behind the process.
Pain is a complex phenomenon and cannot be attributed to the physical damage of tissues alone. Other factors such as the psychological and social aspects can all contribute to a person’s experience of pain. Everyone who participates in sport will experience pain from injury at some time and will search for effective pain relief with minimal side-effects. Music is all around us and has many benefits, including relieving pain. However, most people do not associate music with lessening pain and have probably been neglecting its great potential to benefit them. In this article, we explain the research evidence for the influence of music on pain and how it might work as a pain killer. We compare it to medication and discuss the advantages that music possesses since it is acceptable across cultures and increasingly accessible to us. Then, practical ways in which we might use music, both as patients and therapists, are discussed.
Movement is a highly variable and contextual activity. The specific movement reaction will be according to the brain interpretation of a given situation and the perceived risk or threat to the body’s tissues. By appreciating this context based reaction we can create assessment, treatment and rehab processes that enable us to understand and then change specific movement reactions that maybe causing pain or limitations thus leading to more applicable treatment methods. This may be the missing link between finding a cause and merely treating a symptom.
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