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Patient perceptions of physical activity and rest

Physical activity plays a key role in recovery from back pain. It is important to understand how people who have back pain make decisions about physical activity so that clinicians […]


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Physical, psychological or combined interventions: what’s best for treating pain?

Non-specific chronic spinal pain (NSCSP), particularly low back pain (LBP) and neck pain (NP), are common and costly musculoskeletal disorders. NSCSP can be associated with physical factors (e.g. stiff postures […]


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Interaction is Intervention, but how do we foster it?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, including sports physiotherapy, involves both “specific” and “non-specific” effects.  Specific effects are related to the specific intervention provided (e.g. improvements in strength after an exercise programme). “Non-specific” effects […]


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Chronic Stress and Pain: A Rationale for Stress Management Approaches

Although it is widely accepted that chronic stress contributes to the continuation of chronic pain, it is not commonly understood the mechanisms by which stress affects pain. Stress is also a […]


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Beliefs underlying pain-related fear and how they evolve: a qualitative investigation in people with chronic back pain and high pain-related fear

The fear-avoidance model (FAM) proposes that negative pain beliefs leads to fear and avoidance of physical activity which patients see as harmful. This in turns leads to an increase in […]