Perception v Reality

“Perception is the brain’s best guess about what is happening in the outside world. Perception is inference.” Atul Gawande Our brain does a fair bit of guess work. It is constantly reviewing, sorting, filtering, ignoring, acting on a constant barrage of conscious and subconscious information that it receives both from inside the body and from the environment. It has to prioritise. It has… Read more →

Having Time for Pain | STEPP

Humans, very similarly to animals are designed with a highly sophisticated threat detection and response system that is responsible for keeping us safe and ensuring we survive. Whatever the perceived threat, whether it be a teeny tiny foreign organism like a virus, being bullied by a colleague at work, surviving a serious motor vehicle accident, a knee injury or giving… Read more →

Psychology: The missing P in the Persistent Pain Treatments

    Almost every person with persistent pain will find themselves going through a number of different health professionals over the course of their pain experience. The process often begins with our GP, then possibly a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor, quite possibly a specialist surgeon and then later maybe a pain specialist as well. For acute pain just after an injury… Read more →