8 December 2011

When we understand consciousness will we understand pain

We still don’t understand exactly what consciousness is made of or where it resides. Lorimer Moseley gives a good summary of some of the latest hypotheses but sadly none of them answer the question definitively. The question is important because if we need consciousness to experience pain, as many believe, then to know more [...]

14 May 2011

The secrets of Chronic Pain - revealed

This lecture, given to a live audience is one of the best I have seen for a long time. Lorimer Moseley is one of the leading researchers and teachers in the specialist area of Pain. He explains simply how the brain will sometimes ignore danger signals and at other times will “get it wrong” [...]

10 February 2011

This might hurt – don’t look away

I wrote last year how mirrors were being used to treat phantom limb pain. Now they are being used in a slightly different way to carry out research into how the brain processes pain.

The researchers found that if you look at your hand, rather than looking away from it you can tolerate [...]

9 March 2010

Aquarium fungicide might help low back pain

Tropical fish fanciers will be familiar with methylene blue as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial chemical used to keep fish healthy. Today the Daily Mail report on a trial carried out in China by orthopedic surgeons and reviewed by Professor Bogduk for the medical journal Pain. The Chinese surgeons suggest that injecting Methylene Blue into [...]

1 March 2010

Talking yourself out of Pain

A thought provoking article from the BBC on using cognitive therapy to reduce pain. I am not sure how well this would work as a "stand alone" intervention but it’s certainly true that having someone explain why you are in pain demystifies it and stops it being quite so scary. I think [...]

Blog Author

My name is Bill Ferguson and I am an Osteopath and Acupuncturist. I run a private practice in Tenterden, Kent.

Bill Ferguson, Osteopath and Acupuncturist
Bill Ferguson
Osteopathy Clinic
Tel: 01580 762754

I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the regulatory body for osteopathy and I have been helping people in pain for over 20 years.

For further information about my osteopathy practice see my website www.billferguson.co.uk where you will find more information about me.