The Lived Experience of Pain: Keith Meldrum

Joletta Belton (left) and Keith Meldrum (right) during the 2020 San Diego Pain Summit. Photo by photojournalist Nicolás Ng

 Foreword to the new miniseries (by Lars Avemarie) I started the “Pain Expert series” back in 2014. The series has had entries with some of the most esteemed academics and researchers in the pain field, like […]

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Physiotherapy (1894-2020)

A once-proud profession that lost its way and uncritical accepted too many fads, pseudoscientific interventions, low-quality treatments, passive modalities, and alternative treatments, based upon only a scrap of evidence.  “I have tried physiotherapy, and it did not help me!” This is a typical comment from many people living with pain; they have been to 2-3 […]

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The Lived Experience of Pain: Trevor Barker





Trevor Barker (left) and David Butler (right) during the 2019 Pain Revolution Tour in Australia.   Foreword to the new miniseries by Lars Avemarie I started the “Pain Expert series” back in 2014. The series has had entries with some of the most esteemed academics and researchers in the pain field, like Moseley, Louw, O’Sullivan, Marchand, […]

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An open letter to my follow physiotherapists and healthcare providers

“Digital misinformation has become so pervasive in online social media that it has been listed by the WEF as one of the main threats to human society” (1). So the World Economic Forum has stated that misinformation that is being shared on social networks like Facebook; is a threat to our society. In the Musculoskeletal […]

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The Vocabulary of a giant pioneer in Pain Science with Professor Ronald Melzack PhD

I have, for a long time now, been reading articles, books, textbooks, and research papers by Professor Melzack. Some of these quotes are from articles, books, textbooks, but most are from research papers (or where Prof. Melzack is the first author). Professor Melzack is well known in pain research circles. But among healthcare professionals, he […]

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The health care system as an infinite loop

An infinite loop is a sequence of instructions in a computer program which loops endlessly, this can be due to the sequence having no terminating endpoint, or that the sequence of commands never gets met, or another command that causes the loop to start over. Most often, the “infinite loop” term is used when the […]

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7 therapist and lack of a patient-centered approach

A person with low-back pain goes to a fascial-distortion therapist and gets a fascial focused intervention. The person with low-back pain then goes to a manual therapist and gets a manual “issues with the tissues” therapy intervention.  The person with low-back pain then goes to a movement “dysfunction” therapists and gets a “dysfunction” correction intervention.  The […]

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Why and when is “pain science” and pain research important?

If you are advising or providing care for a person who has pain or is living with chronic pain, you need to have a firm grasp of current pain research, an in-depth understanding of the complexity of pain and your patients’ experience of it, and definitively know the many different factors which modulate pain. Combined, […]

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10 recommended books about modern science-based pain rehabilitation

I often get a lot of questions about how to learn more about science-based pain rehabilitation. Many participants in my course or lectures, as well as readers of my articles, often have questions about how to learn more, and of what books I recommend to learn more about science-based pain rehabilitation, clinical reasoning and Neuroscientific […]

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