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What’s on your radar?

What do you notice often? What’s on your radar? We see a world that we expect to see based on our beliefs and prior experiences. Many notable experiences of pain can result in an expectation of pain in similar circumstances. This is characteristic of chronic pain....

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Vulvodynia story

in her own words I’ve been suffering from vulvodynia, the almost constant burning and/or knife sharp pain in the vulva, for as long as I can remember. As the case with many conditions that only affects women, very little is known about vulvodynia and even though more...

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worried about long covid?

Photo by Adam Nieścioruk Long Covid definitely needs our attention. There are a significant number of people suffering persistent symptoms following the resolution of the acute phase. Perhaps in the region of 100 million cases worldwide (Chen et al., 2021). This is...

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2022 clinics re-open

I hope that you have had a restful, joy-filled time over the festive period. Now thoughts turn toward the New Year when the clinics re-open. ** We will continue to follow the Covid-19 guidelines. The clinic schedule is outlined below, before a few words on the hope we...

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Welcome to my new site

Richmond in Brighton For years I have been known as Specialist Pain Physio. This year I decided to go with my name for the new site, designed by Marie. It’s only ever been me, and that won’t change. Sometimes people ask if they will be seeing me or someone else in...

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Injury prevention

Through the lens of building wellness Injury prevention is an important topic. Especially in youngsters who want to be active. Last week I gave an online talk for We Are Girls in Sport Wellness Month looking at injury prevention in teenage girls. Of course, much...

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Pain story: Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters in the Carpool with James Corden I look out for a good pain story to help people understand their pain. Here is one from Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters I was watching the Foo Fighters in the car with James Corden, singing their songs,...

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Sowing seeds

When you deliver a message, there may initially be resistance. It may not be what the person wants to hear. Then, in time it starts to take on a meaning for the person, making an impact. You are sowing seeds. Markus Spiske Recently I received the most heart-felt email...

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Skills of being well ~ physio students

Skills of being well for physiotherapy students to carve out long, healthy careers I was one once. Faithfully turning up to (most) lectures and practicals, we were taught the how to be modern physiotherapists. Physiotherapy is an incredible calling. In Seth Godin's...

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Footballers playing with pain

I was struck by Marco van Basten’s story of playing with pain and the effects it had on him as a person, documented in his book and interview in The Observer with Donald McRae. What did he say? He remembers: “Whispering, I never reach the toilet before I get to 120....

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Questions

The questions you ask are impacting. How? As a healthcare professional, I spend time asking people questions. Often difficult ones. This is one of the key skills that we can seek to master with practice. Of course, being able to ask great questions is not just within...

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Rolling with it

Photo by  Samuele Errico Piccarini Yesterday I was listening to a person who is moving onwards and now has insight into his progress. He is rolling with it. The most powerful learnings always come from listening to the person in front of you. Mouth off, ears on....

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