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 su
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
One of the best workshops I attended at the IASP congress in Milano was on placebo analgesia, run by three very classy speakers: Luana Colloca, Ulrike Bingel, and Regine Klinger. I learnt lots about the neurobiological mechanisms of placebo and nocebo, and came away with lots to ponder.