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    October 2012

  • Want to turbo-charge your rehab? Go to the movies!

    BIM · October 30, 2012

    Jack Nicklaus is on the short list of the greatest golfers of all time, and I love his evocative quote, “before every shot, I go to the movies.” He never hits the ball (not even in practice) without first having a very sharp, focused picture of it in his head. He constructs a detailed image of the green, every dimple on the ball, the trajectory and the swing he needs to make his visualization a reality. In essence, he mentally executes the motor action in uber-high resolution prior to performing the physical shot.

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  • Exercise is often ineffective as a short-term pain killer for patients with chronic pain

    BIM · October 25, 2012

    When healthy people start to exercise, the brain activates powerful descending analgesic systems (pain inhibitory actions). This leads to increased pain thresholds during exercise, making it less likely that we will feel pain during, or immediately following, exercise. However, brain-orchestrated analgesia or pain inhibition is often, but not always, impaired in people with chronic pain and central sensitization.

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  • What grabs your attention?

    BIM · October 22, 2012

    Most of the time we like to think we’re in control of our actions; that we choose our goals and make headway towards them by following a cunning plan (top-down control of attention). It’s part of the human condition. To this end we like to think that the brain driven (top-down) control of attention is conscious and voluntary and we presume that brain driven control of attention is equivalent to ‘goal driven selection’. But how true is this premise?

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  • Searching for Rene?

    BIM · October 18, 2012

    We stumbled across this video on YouTube. It has some terrific graphics and is well worth a look. It also has a spectacularly deep voiced star-trek type talking us through some of the neurochemical processes that occur when tissue is injured or inflamed. Some of you might recall a quasi game called Searching for Rene, which forces us to carefully monitor what we are saying to people in pain, because they are often searching for any piece of evidence in what we say or how we say it that would support a Rene Descartes-like understanding of pain. Well as flash as this video is, it still commits some faux pas in this way. We found Rene. Can you?

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  • It worked before but now it doesn’t? Graded Motor Imagery in Clinical Practice

    BIM · October 15, 2012

    While pain may be a universal experience, one experience that can often plague and frustrate everyone is that moment when something works one moment but then all of a sudden doesn’t work the next. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to experience a moment like this you’ll find that it applies to a great deal of things in life whether it be the temperamental office photocopying machine or in my case a very battered TV remote. In these moments after the initial bout of frustration we usually go through a complex process of problem solving for possible solutions and inevitably we usually pick one of two options...

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