I’m just a physio…

Me too……. (Thanks Adam for articulating – again!)

Twin Everest Model: dans la peau de Kilian Jornet!

Pour mes amis francais!


A good friend of NOI, Yannick Barde-Cabusson has previously translated our DIM SIM NOInote into French – Les DIMs et les SIMs. Yannick has now translated a number of classic NOI infographics and has written a series of blog posts to go with them – here he is in his own words with a piece on the Twin Peaks Model. If you are a French speaking NOIjam follower, please enjoy, if not, you may have a friend who is, that you could share this with. Our thanks to Yannick for his work.

Le « Twin Peaks Model » (voir la figure ci-dessous) tiré du livre « Explain Pain* » est un modèle poursuivant plusieurs objectifs d’éducation thérapeutique à la douleur. Il peut permettre au patient de découvrir que douleur et dommage tissulaire ne sont pas nécessairement liés ou encore comprendre comment son système nerveux (SN) s’est sensibilisé et utilise la douleur pour le…

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Great expectations…

Adam Meakins hits the spot again…… “We all go through life with expectations. We expect our alarm clock to wake us up in the morning, we expect the day to go the way it usually does, we expect a kiss from our partner when we get home…

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Stressed Unstressed

Yet another angle on the mind and it’s power by David Butler. (I may question him on the difference between need and desire? over a Shiraz maybe!)


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I have always loved Rudyard Kipling’s uplifting poem ‘If’ – it’s too long to repeat here, but easily available. Just a few lines …

“If you can dream and not make dreams your master

If you can think – and not makes thoughts your aim.

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,

And treat those two impostors just the same.”

Wandering through one of those increasingly rare independent bookshops on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I picked up ‘Stressed Unstressed‘ – a collection of over 100 ‘classic poems to ease the mind’. Published by William Collins in 2016 the poems are categorised into groups such as stress-beating, meditating, stopping, grieving, moving on and positive thinking. Lovely stuff and ‘If’ was in it!

At NOI we hold the fundamental belief that the arts have a potent yet sometimes unrecognised place in the treatment of chronic pain. This book is so welcome as a…

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Do no harm! Do nothing!

I remember way back in my student days in an exam for in-hospital patient post-op an open gall bladder op & after assessing the client electing not to finish a treatment but electing to allow the patient to rest & review later in the day. I was quite nervous until I got my results ( very pleasing) but more relevant was an early lesson in sometimes the “best Rx” is not to treat! Great blog Adam!