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The Brain That Changes Itself


The Brain That Changes Itself

The Brain that Changes Itself

Author: Norman Doidg

…The result is this book, a riveting collection of case histories detailing the astonishing progress of people whose conditions had long been dismissed as hopeless. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, a woman labeled retarded who cured her deficits with brain exercises and now cures those of others, blind people learning to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, painful phantom limbs erased, stroke patients recovering their faculties, children with cerebral palsy learning to move more gracefully, entrenched depression and anxiety disappearing, and lifelong character traits altered.

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Mouth and Foot Painting Artists


Welcome to the Australian web site of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA). Formed in 1956, the MFPA is an international, for-profit association wholly owned and run by disabled artists to help them meet their financial needs. Members paint with brushes held in their mouths or feet as a result of a disability sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands.

Read more on the MFPA official website

The Top 10 Things You Don’t Know About Pain


1. Pain is 100% of the time, an output from the brain. In 1996, Ronald Malzack developed the concept of the neuromatrix. The neuromatrix, in simplistic terms, is all of the mechanisms within the brain, that when activated, produce pain. So when your ankle hurts, the pain is generated by information gathered by the brain. Pain is simply a defense mechanism developed to protect the body.

2. The degree of injury does not always equal the degree of pain. Research has told us that very major injuries may not hurt at all and very minor injuries may hurt alot. The degree of pain you experience is more related to past experiences. For example, if you have sprained your ankle in the past and then you sprained it again, the second sprain will likely hurt more. This is because the brain has learned to protect that ankle following the prior injury and defends it through pain.

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Jacques Beco M.D


Anyone in Belgium? Going to Belgium?

Dr. Jacques Beco is a perineologist that is located in Verviers, Belgium. Dr. Beco specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of pudendal neuropathies (pain, urinary and incontinence).

Google his name, many sites come up and you will also spot an email address. The links below provide lists of his publications.

This is a Jacques Beco publications link with pdf download option.

The Society for Pudendal Neuralgia offers, Jacques Beco publications.

This video presents the differents steps of a transperineal pudendal nerve decompression realized with the help of a resectoscope under saline irrigation. You will see how the nerve can be stretched at the exit of the Alcock’s canal during defecation or compressed on the sacro-spinal ligament while sitting. You will understand how the different entrapment levels are treated step by step by this mini-invasive method.
This video has been realized during a workshop organized by ICS-IUGA in Toronto August 2010. Read more…

Chronic Pelvic and Perineal Pain: Consensus on Disease Identity February 4, 2012


Stay tuned for the slide presentations from this event.

Excerpt from whria.com.au

Professor Roger Robert (Nantes, France) and his team come to Sydney 2012

In March 2011, Professor Thierry Vancaillie (Gynaecologist and Pain Medicine Specialist) and Ms Sherin Jarvis (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist) both from the Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia (WHRIA) and the Royal Hospital for Women, along with Dr Andreas Loeffler (Orthopaedic Surgeon, Prince of Wales and Prince of Wales Private Hospitals) visited the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) Nantes, France.

A week was spent working with the team of Professor Roger Robert (Anatomist and Neurosurgeon). The CHU in Nantes has a long-standing history in the treatment of pain syndromes and is a premier centre in Europe. During the week we were very fortunate and honoured to be able to follow the team during its activities; clinical, surgical and educational. This resulted in the introduction of the gluteal approach to pudendal nerve release surgery at the Randwick, Sydney campus and has enhanced our understanding and management of patients suffering from the debilitating condition, “pudendal neuralgia”.

The team from Nantes has agreed to accept our invitation to come to Australia to share their expertise. We trust that you will enjoy the seminar on Saturday 4th February 2012.



More reading. The following text excerpt is from the official website…


Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy occurs most frequently in people who smoke, are over age 40, and have difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels. In fact, about half of all people with diabetes and thousands of others who suffer from immune system disorders, infection, trauma, or alcoholism are expected to develop Peripheral Neuropathy.

Fortunately, Peripheral Neuropathy can be prevented or its progression slowed. By recognizing the early signs and symptoms, you can get prompt diagnosis and treatment.

You have come to the right place to learn about Peripheral Neuropathy. Here you will gain knowledge about what causes Peripheral Neuropathy and the various treatment options including nerve blocks, surgery, and the newest drugs used to manage Peripheral Neuropathy.

You will learn about the latest clinical advances in the management of Peripheral Neuropathy as well as about the treatment options that are available. You will also learn about the doctors, hospitals, and medical centers that are at the leading edge in conducting clinical research about Peripheral Neuropathy.

Information on ongoing clinical trials, a list of questions to ask your doctor, and a useful directory of resources and organizations that can help patients with Peripheral Neuropathy complete this report.

Learn more by ordering your MediFocus Guidebook on Peripheral Neuropathy, the most comprehensive, up-to-date source of information available. You will get answers to your questions, including:

  • What are the risk factors of Peripheral Neuropathy?
  • What standard and alternative treatment options are available?
  • Where are the leading doctors, hospitals and medical centers that specialize in Peripheral Neuropathy research and treatment?
  • What are the results of the latest clinical trials?
  • Where are the support groups and additional resources in my area?
  • What are the promising new treatments on the horizon?

Read more about Peripheral Neuropathy on the Medifocus website…

Women’s Health and Research Institute of Australia (WHRIA)

The following information is from the Women’s Health and Research Institute of Australia (WHRIA) website:

From Discovery, And Research Innovation To Reality

Pudendal Neuralgia: Pelvic & Perineal Pain

Associated with the Pelvic Nerve

Your symptoms & history indicate that the nerve in the pelvis, the pudendal nerve, may be responsible for all or some of your pain and other symptoms. The pudendal nerve runs from the lower back, then passes between 2 ligaments, then runs along the top of the pelvic floor muscles, then through to the base of the pelvis the pelvis and out to the perineum. Adjacent to the ligaments are muscles: the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) at the front and the obturator and piriformis at the back.

What is Pudendal Nerve Pain (Pudendal Neuralgia)?

Pudendal nerve pain may be associated with either irritation of a branch of the nerve, or with compression of the pudendal nerve itself by fibrosis of the surrounding tissues or the bulky PFM or tight ligaments. The symptoms of this problem are mainly expressed by pain (burning, electric shock like, raw feeling etc.) in the vagina, penis, scrotum, perineum, anus and pelvis and difficulty sitting for prolonged periods of time. Pudendal Nerve Pain may be related to childbirth, vaginal surgery, cycling, excessive abdominal & pelvic exercise, past pelvic/perineal trauma and straining or it may have no obvious cause. You may also have associated bladder, bowel or sexual problems.

What can be done about this?

You will be assessed by a doctor and physiotherapist to determine whether your pudendal nerves and pelvic floor muscles indicate that pudendal neuralgia is a possibility.

You may have a pudendal nerve block performed as a diagnostic procedure; local anaesthetic is injected into the canal through which the nerve travels.

You may be prescribed some medications to clam down nerve pain.

Early treatments aim to relax the pelvic floor muscles and decrease the pressure on the nerve. You will also be advised not to strain especially during defaecation & voiding. If appropriate you will also be given bowel & bladder management strategies. You may also need to manage painful trigger points in the PFM. You may be suitable for trigger point injections or Botox injections into the PFM if deemed appropriate.

Sitting: The aim is to avoid pressure on the entire perineum from the pubic bone to the tail bone (coccyx).Try sitting on 2 rolled towels or a cut up pool noodle. Clarke Rubber have “stadium seats” which can be cut into an appropriate shape.

What should you NOT do?

Prolonged sitting; straining; cycling (stationary, road, racing); rowing; abdominal strengthening exercises such as sit-ups, Pilates & intense core stability work; high level dance classes; heavy weight lifting; any other high level intense training which causes marked abdominal strengthening; pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises. You will be taught how to RELAX & maybe stretch your PFM by the physiotherapist.

What can you do?

If you are able & inclined: general cardio work such as walking, swimming (not breast stroke), gentle running, soft sand running, light weights, gentle exercise classes, yoga (stretching & gentle toning not high level strengthening). If any of these activities flares your pain please cease & discuss with the physiotherapist…

Here are some quick links to the website’s resources.

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Definitions of pain

What is Pudendal Neuralgia (PN)?
Most simply put PN is Carpal Tunnel in the pelvis/buttocks. Compression of the Pudendal Nerve occurs after trauma to the pelvis and is aggravated with pressure. The pain is often described as a toothache like pain, with spasms, sensations of tingling, numbness, or burning. It can be very debilitating.

What is Neuropathic pain?
Neuropathic pain is the result of an injury or malfunction in the peripheral or central nervous system. The pain is often triggered by an injury, but this injury may or may not involve actual damage to the nervous system. More…

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