The PMPG is a special interest group of the South African Society of Physiotherapists. The group was formed at the end of 2009 to provide a forum for people who have an interest in pain. As pain is common to many different areas, it means that it will be a very diverse group of people who are likely to be part of this initiative. There are many problems that have been identified in the management of pain both at the acute and chronic levels and our hope is that this forum will become a space for the sharing of experiences, the study of evidence-based pain interventions and process and for help in the application of new skills into clinical practice.
There are 50 copies of The Happiness Trap that are currently being distributed to libraries accross SA! Thank you to the members always so willing to help with this project.Read more
Body in Mind ‘Cortical reorganisation’ is a commonly used term in pain. In CRPS there has long been evidence of cortical changes; specifically that representation of the CRPS-affected hand in the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) is smaller than that of the S1 representation of the other, healthy, hand [1-5]. In 2015 we performed our own functional MRI investigation […] The post The healthy hand in the CRPS brain – digging deeper appeared first on Body in Mind.
Body in Mind Over the past three decades there has been growing consensus that our experiences are not isolated forms that emerge unscathed from the influences of our beliefs, motivations and desires. Rather, they are penetrated by these cognitive or so-called ‘top-down’ effects to the point where the traditional boundaries between cognition and perception are called into question. […] The post Cognitive penetration: nowhere or everywhere? Either way you should probably wear protection appeared first on Body in Mind.
Body in Mind Trustworthiness is one of those instant judgements we automatically make about other people, affecting our behaviour towards them . We wanted to know whether clinicians’ judgements of patients’ trustworthiness affected their estimation of patients’ pain . There seem to be so many grounds on which the complaint and expression of pain is met with scepticism, […] The post Expressing pain: which patients do we trust? appeared first on Body in Mind.
Body in Mind In our recent review in PAIN, the journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, we presented a provocative perspective on introducing dose-extending placebos in therapeutic plans to boost patients’ outcomes while reducing use of painkillers (e.g, opioids). This was based on our (and others’) studies showing that placebos produced behavioral and biological […] The post Chronic Pain: Can we reduce long-term painkillers use? appeared first on Body in Mind.
Body in Mind Manual therapists such as physical therapists or chiropractors observe that some patients with seemingly identical back pain problems recover within weeks while others develop chronic pain and disability. What does research tell us about this phenomenon? Past research has identified and verified that one of the strongest links to the maintenance (or even genesis) of […] The post Neural underpinnings of fear of movement in chronic low back pain – what do we know now? appeared first on Body in Mind.