The Intergrative Medicine conference was fascinating. I was very pleased I managed to understand most of what was said.
Firstly, Dr Russell Vickers spoke and he really knew his business. I went there with preconcieved ideas that they would be talking about supplements. Dr Vickers gave an excellent presentation explaining first about pain and the different kinds of pain and quite a bit about neuropathic pain syndrome mentioning Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
He then went on to explain pain in relation to face, mouth nerve pain and outlined alternative treatments for neuropathic pain. We were provided with information and notes which had explanations of terms in chronic pain pathophysiology and CRPS was one of the terms listed. It was described as
"Chronic pain syndrome spreading beyond injured peripheral nerve field, often with burning pain, neuralgic shooting pain, allodynia, hyperalagesia."
He talked about how pain is described providing printouts of pain questionaires. He mentioned physical signs eg dry mouth and other descriptions eg stabbing, burning etc and then how pain makes you feel eg disturbed sleep etc.
Then Dr Vickers went on to outline how he does research into herbs for biopsychosocial pain management. He showed the instruments he uses to accurately measure and guarantee quality of liquid extract which is used in research. His work is science based and measurable. I feel good about that as I'm more inclided to trust scientific outcomes. We were given a handout listing specific herbal liquid extracts that he uses, with indications for use, warnings and general information.
Basically he explained very well what he does and why he does it and followed that up with examples of case studies with treatment and outcomes. A really excellent presentation.
Professor Cohen then spoke giving a general overview of various alternative therapies and how they can be used in an intergrative approach. He went on to explain his current research telling us about money available for research into intergrative medicine and that he and his collegues have been busy putting together proposals for research.
The evening then went on to a networking session for therapists and ended with a panel discussion.
All in all I was very pleased I went this evening as I really learnt something.
crps/rsd related articles
- Nursing Patients with CRPS/RSD
- Vitamin c and CRPS 2010
- Cleveland Clinic link - twin research
- Complex Regionaal Pain Syndrome and identical twins.
- Familial occurance of CRPS.
- Headache a risk factor for CRPS.
- Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and CRPS
- Brain change in chronic CRPS -Neuron
- Vitamin c as preventative for CRPS - Netherlands study 2007
- Vitamin C and CRPS study ARC Bristol
- BestBETs Best Evidence Topics - Hydrotherapy for Comples Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) of the foot and ankle
- Neurotopian - Matthias Weinberger's fantastic blog.
- hope-4crpsrsd - a Christian support group
- podcast - Australian Native Fruits bear sweet antioxidants.
- Explain Pain - David Butler's blog
- CRPS/RSD and Dentistry
- HTCwP - brain control of movement is altered in CRPS - study
- HTCwP - Self Compassion or Self Esteem
- Neuromatrix Training Blog
- Neurodynamics - Physical and Neural Health Blog
- Explain Pain Blog
- JB & JS report - Can Vitamin C Prevent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Patients with Wrist Fractures?
- Matthais Weinberger's interview on "how to Cope with Pain" website.
- How to Cope with Pain - Ketamine Coma treatment for CRPS/RSD
- RSDHope - DVD set of three
- North Western University Feinburg School of Medicine "Old Memory Traces May trigger chronic pain."
- HOw to Cope with pain How Pain Affects Families -Tony's story.
- Prevention.com article -"Natural-Born Pain Killers"
- Brain control altered in movement with CRPS -How to Cope With Pain
- How to Cope With Pain - Asking for help.
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part I
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part II
- How to Cope with Pain on Recognize - Here's a way to get ready to move - with less pain.
- American Pain Foundation Booklet: Treatment Options - A Guide for People Living in Pain
- Preventing CRPS after surgery - International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS
- How to Cope with Pain - great questions about Graded motor movements
- How to Cope with Pain - Recognize podcast
- How to Cope with Pain - Graded motor imagary
- How to Cope with Pain - Think & move & your pain will improve.
- How to Cope with Pain - CRPS - Can mirrors help?
- RSD Canada Online Survey Questionnaire
- For Grace web site
- For Grace Utube site
- How to Cope With Pain - Can mirrors help?
- Noi Group Australia
- Support groups help you cope with pain - HTCWP interview by National Pain Foundation
- How to Cope with Pain Mindfulness video from Utube.
- "How to Cope with Pain's" hilarious video.
- Jason's RSDS/CRPS News & Information blog
- BBC UK News - Vitamin C /crps study - "Mystery pain left me in a wheelchair"
- Dr Moseley's interview on How to Cope with Pain site.
- Virtual Reality as a Rehabilitative Technology for Phantom Limb Experience.
- UK mirror box therapy site.
- Ramachandran's mirror box video
- My interview on "How to Cope with Pain" website.
- Napp Pharmaceuticals donate mirror boxes - WebWire article
- How to Cope with Pain: A guide to coping with pain.
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part II
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