Chronic pain is associated with changes in the functional properties of the nervous system, such that there is an increased sensitivity to potentially dangerous events, including movements and activities. In addition, several aspects of the brain’s representation of the body become disrupted. These two issues present a conundrum because exercise is known to be helpful for some of the mechanisms involved in recovery, but exercise often exacerbates the sensitivity and disrupted representations. In this talk I will discuss current concepts of the brain in chronic pain and their implications for clinical practice and exercise management.
The recording is of a presentation delivered at the 6th Exercise & Sports Science Australia Conference and Sports Dietitians Australia Update: Research to Practice (2014).
Lorimer Moseley is an NHMRC Principle Research Fellow, the Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy, and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences, at the University of South Australia. He has had research positions at the University of Queensland, the University of Oxford, and Neuroscience Research Australia. He now leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers who are investigating the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain. He has written 140 articles and three books, given over 100 keynote lectures in 26 countries, and his research group’s website is the world’s most influential web and social media presence in the clinical pain sciences. He won the inaugural Ulf Lindblom award for the outstanding clinical scientist working in a pain-related field, from the International Association for the Study of Pain, the 2012 Marshall & Warren Award from the NHMRC, and was runner-up for the 2012 Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Sciences.
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