Explain Pain & GMI - Cairns, AUS

Tim Cocks teaches our 2-day 'Explain Pain' where he will help you understand how the pain system works when there are injured tissues and nerves, and what happens in the brain in relation to pain experiences. You will also hear about the impact of stress in relation to pain. The seminar is delivered

in a way in which any professional working with patients or clients in pain can utilise.

Neuroscience can be fun. You’ll be introduced to the newest knowledge about pain ‘neurotags’, ‘brain ignition nodes’, zinging and zapping nerves, smudging in the brain and backfiring nerves. You will learn about how the immune, sympathetic and cortisol systems can be critical in pain experiences.

Boost your theuraptic skills with an additional 1-day 'Graded Motor Imagery' course. For the first time, effective treatment for difficult neuropathic pain states (eg CRPS) is now available. The Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) course provides the most up to date basic sciences, clinical trials, and clinical use of the programme. The course is series of lectures, practical sessions and clinical applications.

The term ‘graded motor imagery’ broadly means that in rehabilitation the focus is placed on synaptic exercise and health and is delivered in a graded fashion. The exercising of synapses assumes that the brain is changeable and easily adaptable and gives hope to people with difficult pain states. It involves the use of computers, flashcards, imagined movements and mirror visual feedback.

Evidence for the use of GMI comes from basic sciences (neuroscience) and clinical trials. It can offer substantial improvements in pain and disability in complex regional pain syndrome and phantom limb pain and anecdotally, the GMI programme, or parts of it may offer improvements in a range of chronic pain states such as brachial plexus lesions and osteoarthritis.

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10 August , Friday 08:00

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