Blog Posts - Pain Management



Routines, habits, boredom & variety: Life skills for living with chronic pain?

I’ve just had a wonderful week on holiday. I escaped the internet, social media, telephones, power, flushing toilets, running water… and it was awesome! There’s something good about taking a break from my usual world to do things co...
by Healthskills on Nov 9, 2014

Routines, habits, boredom & variety: Life skills for living with chronic pain?

I’ve just had a wonderful week on holiday. I escaped the internet, social media, telephones, power, flushing toilets, running water… and it was awesome! There’s something good about taking a break from my usual world to do things co...
by Healthskills on Nov 9, 2014

6 Ways to Gently Combat Chronic Pain Naturally

I’ve been managing chronic pain for over two years now. I’m not averse to seeking medical treatment, including medications, to treat symptoms, as well as root causes. But, as anyone with chronic conditions knows, there are times when they...
by TouchstoneZ on Nov 6, 2014

Pain is not a “thing”

I’m reading some fascinating books at the moment. I’m such a pain geek I take pain books away with me on holiday! Anyway, the two books to hit me between the eyeballs recently are The Pain Chronicles by Melanie Thernstrom (published 2010)...
by Healthskills on Oct 19, 2014

Pain is not a “thing”

I’m reading some fascinating books at the moment. I’m such a pain geek I take pain books away with me on holiday! Anyway, the two books to hit me between the eyeballs recently are The Pain Chronicles by Melanie Thernstrom (published 2010)...
by Healthskills on Oct 19, 2014

Fabulous FREE pain education resource from Cardiff University

It’s amazing what you find on the interwebs. Thanks to Pete Moore from Pain Toolkit -you can find him on Twitter as @paintoolkit2 – I’ve been introduced to Cardiff University’s amazing Pain Community Centre. This is a site dev...
by Healthskills on Oct 13, 2014

Fabulous FREE pain education resource from Cardiff University

It’s amazing what you find on the interwebs. Thanks to Pete Moore from Pain Toolkit -you can find him on Twitter as @paintoolkit2 – I’ve been introduced to Cardiff University’s amazing Pain Community Centre. This is a site dev...
by Healthskills on Oct 13, 2014

…but I thought a new knee would fix my pain!

Working in an orthopaedic surgery department is quite enlightening. Along with discussions about ceramic vs metal implants and cartilage regeneration (I work with a team of researchers looking at how to create replacement cartilage), the topic of wha...
by Healthskills on Oct 12, 2014

…but I thought a new knee would fix my pain!

Working in an orthopaedic surgery department is quite enlightening. Along with discussions about ceramic vs metal implants and cartilage regeneration (I work with a team of researchers looking at how to create replacement cartilage), the topic of wha...
by Healthskills on Oct 12, 2014

Stem Cell Therapy Holds Hope For The Treatment Of Various Diseases

You have probably heard discussions about stem cells because of the political controversy they seem to cause in the media. Many people are confused about their origin and wonder what exactly stem cells are... The post Stem Cell Therapy Ho...
by ParadizeLand on Oct 10, 2014

I’m so easily distr….oooh look! Shiny!

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple way to help people avoid focusing on their pain, allowing them to just watch a TV programme or something, and not be bothered by some painful procedure? This is a dream for those health professionals w...
by Healthskills on Oct 5, 2014

I’m so easily distr….oooh look! Shiny!

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple way to help people avoid focusing on their pain, allowing them to just watch a TV programme or something, and not be bothered by some painful procedure? This is a dream for those health professionals w...
by Healthskills on Oct 5, 2014

Numbers on a scale: How bad did you say your pain was?

Have you ever been asked to give your pain rating on a scale of 0 – 10 (where 0 = no pain at all and 10 = most extreme pain you can imagine)? Have you ever tried to work out whether today’s pain is worse than yesterdays? What does a pain...
by Healthskills on Sep 28, 2014

Numbers on a scale: How bad did you say your pain was?

Have you ever been asked to give your pain rating on a scale of 0 – 10 (where 0 = no pain at all and 10 = most extreme pain you can imagine)? Have you ever tried to work out whether today’s pain is worse than yesterdays? What does a pain...
by Healthskills on Sep 28, 2014

How does chronic pain management work? A self concept hypothesis

In my previous post looking at how chronic pain management works, I put forward the hypothesis that “What DOES change is [people's] self efficacy or belief that they CAN do what’s important in their lives – by hook or by crook. And even mor...
by Healthskills on Aug 31, 2014

How does chronic pain management work? A hypothesis to ponder

There have been increasing calls for clinicians and researchers to move away from using grouped results from randomised controlled studies because these fail to distinguish between those people who do really well and those who do not. Eminent researc...
by Healthskills on Aug 24, 2014

Pain management and the political

There are only a few more weeks before a general election in New Zealand. This means the usual rounds of promises, muck-racking, hoardings and defaced hoardings. As I browse the research into chronic pain, and bemoan the lack of attention to the SOCI...
by Healthskills on Aug 17, 2014

Should we take their word for it? Patient-reported vs observed functional outcomes

Pain is a subjective experience. There’s no direct means to measure what it is like to be in pain. Disability, or the impact of pain on what we do in daily life is, on the other hand, able to be observed as well as reported on by people with pa...
by Healthskills on Aug 10, 2014

Pacing – Activity management concepts (a longer than usual post)

In the literature recently there’s been a flurry of activity around pacing as a concept. When I first wrote about pacing I couldn’t find very much that had been published, and I ended up writing something that made sense to me at the time...
by Healthskills on Aug 3, 2014

Coalface conversations

Knowing about something doesn’t hit the heart or mind nearly as well as doing it. As regular readers of my blog will know, I teach various aspects of pain management to postgraduate health professionals who come from a wide range of disciplines...
by Healthskills on Jul 27, 2014


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