A New Look at Pain.

Body in Mind

The Reign of Pain is mainly in the Brain.

A Happy Brain feels less Pain.

I am Safe.

Pain depends on the Balance of Danger and Safety cues.

                                                     In                In

                                                     Me              me

What is lacking? Loving support.

When I first moved into my unit at the Retirement Village I felt very alone.

Money was a big issue.

Then, I fell out of the bed I had borrowed from Management, banging my arm and foot against a nearby desk. This caused shock and considerable pain and bruising. The ambulance attended and I was advised to see the GP next morning.

Thankfully, no bones were broken but I continued to have severe back, leg and knee pain. On investigation by specialists, I learned my back was a mess of problems, untreatable and prescribed codeine based painkillers. 

I have been on the waiting list for the pain clinic at the Royal Hospital Hobart since November 2016.

This year the Government have decided that taking opioid based medications, even on prescription only basis, is not a good treatment so the GP tried to cut me off “cold turkey” with  the result I ended up in hospital with uncontrolled high blood pressure.

So, next thing I tried is laser acupuncture every week for about 3 months. At the same time, weaning myself gradually from the pills.

Then the Pain Revolution Team rode their bicycles into town to teach the latest theories about pain www.painrevolution.org 

The Local Pain Educator Program is a community based health promotion initiative that helps raise awareness of educational models for pain relief in a biosychosocial model of care.

From this teaching I have learned to find alternative ways to tell my body that I am SAFE now. I don’t need pain to protect me. I can change my thoughts, beliefs, peers and fears of past events.

The relationship between the body, the brain and the mind is complex and magnificent, which is why lots of people are investigating it. This website focuses on attempts to better understand the way the body, brain and mind interact.

Research into the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain

BJSM British Journal Sports Medicine

The lead scientist, Prof. Lorimer Moseley, is particularly interested in the role of the brain and mind in chronic and complex pain disorders. Through collaborations with clinicians, scientists, patients and thoughtful friends, the team is exploring how the brain and its representation of the body change when pain persists, how the mind influences physiological regulation of the body, how the changes in the brain and mind can be normalised via treatment, and how we can teach people about it all in a way that is both interesting and accurate.

 This website includes links to published articles, current projects, teaching resources for clinicians and lecturers, books, seminars and conferences and other info that the team thinks is intriguing, important or irresistible.

The Body in Mind team includes collaborators in research experiments and clinical trials, bloggers who are kind enough to contribute to the BiM blog, and our research team at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and University of South Australia (UniSA).

Professor Lorimer Moseley

Professor Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist investigating pain in humans. After posts at The University of Oxford, UK, and the University of Sydney, Lorimer was appointed Foundation Professor of Neuroscience and Chair in Physiotherapy, The Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia. He is also Senior Principal Research Fellow at NeuRA and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.

He has published over 280 articles, five books and numerous book chapters. He has given over 140 keynote or invited presentations at interdisciplinary meetings in 30 countries and has provided professional education in pain sciences to over 15,000 medical and health practitioners and public lectures to 35,000. His research group outreach videos and articles have attracted over 3.5 million views/reads.

Lorimer Moseley PhD FACP

University of South Australia, Australia

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Professor Lorimer Moseley (PT, PhD) is Chair of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia and a professor of Clinical Neurosciences. people.unisa.edu.au/lorimer.moseley

He combines Oxford rigour with a laconic and very popular Australian style of communication. In this podcast he addresses the questions: 

What’s new in our understanding of the spinal cord? 

What should we be telling patients? 

Is the ‘hands on, hands off’ debate a useful one? 

How do you feel the profession is performing right now? 

On the subject of what should we be telling patients, he argues we should train them to ask clinicians 3 questions. 

1. How do I know my pain system is over-protective?

2. What can I do to retrain my system to be less protective?

3. Am I safe to move?

You can find his patient website ‘Tame the Beast’ here: www.tamethebeast.org/#home

You can find his academic/health professional website ‘Body in Mind’ here: www.bodyinmind.org/

And is previous BJSM podcast was on tendons. It has had >17K listens: ow.ly/5OGN30gkaD7.

And here is a link to the Pain Revolution website: www.painrevolution.org/



BMJ Journals



3 November 2017

Am I safe to move? Professor Lorimer Moseley: New understanding of pain and focusing on the patient by BMJ talk medicine is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

The Coddling of the Australian Mind?

Jonathan Haidt


coming to Australia & New Zealand in July & August 2019.

If you haven’t heard of Jonathan Haidt yet, you’re about to start seeing his name everywhere. After recently engaging in some enlightening conversations across the podcast circuit with the likes of Sam Harris, Joe Rogan, Ezra Klein and Jordan Peterson, it’s clear Jonathan has perspectives worth hearing. Jonathan thinks that we should be able to disagree in a more constructive way (and if you think he’s wrong then you’re an idiot, you have no idea what you’re talking about, get the **** out of here!!). 

But seriously, true civil discourse is slowly becoming a thing of the past & at Think Inc., we  want that to change.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there were these wonderful places that were designed for young people to come together, gain knowledge and exchange ideas. These were mysterious structures where you could voice your thoughts and opinions; you could even challenge and argue with others, all in the name of learning.

People were offensive.
People were offended.
Everyone was allowed their time of day and the best ideas came out on top.

Those places still exist today, if only by name: University.

Outrage is the new social currency. Social media and groupthink dictates the conversation. So how did we end up here? Jonathan thinks that younger generations have become more fragile because they were coddled by protective parenting and the failure of the education system.

As one of the world’s leading experts on moral psychology, Jonathan has taken aim at religion, politics and parenting, in an attempt to uncover what has led us to this “age of outrage” – and what its repercussions are. He’s not afraid to think outside the box – just the way we like it.

Far from being a one trick pony, Jonathan’s regular contributions to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have seen him tackle a diverse range of subjects including the moral foundations of happiness, religion and political difference. Why are we so divided by our political beliefs? Is there room for centrist politics….do “centrist politics” even exist? Master of moderation, Jonathan Haidt, is here to answer these questions and a whole lot more.

Catch Jonathan Haidt on his debut Australia and New Zealand tour, Moral Psychology in the Age of Outrage in July 2019. No topics are off limits:

all will be covered by the truly great, Jonathan Haidt.

Before purchasing, please review your ticket choice as all student discounted tickets require a student ID. There will be merchandise sold at the event, including t-shirts and books. If you have any questions about the event runtime, or the event in general, please contact info@thinkinc.org.au.