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Frida Kahlo: Portrait of Chronic Pain

By |2018-06-09T11:31:59+00:00June 9th, 2018|Learn, Professional Resources, Read|

The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) is one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. Although famous for her colorful self-portraits and associations with celebrities Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky, less known is the fact that she had lifelong chronic pain. Frida Kahlo developed poliomyelitis at age 6 years, was in a horrific trolley car accident in her teens, and would eventually endure numerous failed spinal surgeries and, ultimately, limb amputation. She endured several physical, emotional, and psychological traumas in her lifetime, yet through her art, she was able to transcend a life of pain and disability. Of her work, her self-portraits are conspicuous in their capacity to convey her life experience, much of which was imbued with chronic pain. Signs and symptoms of chronic neuropathic pain and central sensitization of nociceptive pathways are evident when analyzing her paintings and medical history. This article uses a narrative approach to describe how events in the life of this artist contributed to her chronic pain. The purpose of this article is to discuss Frida Kahlo's medical history and her art from a modern pain sciences perspective, and perhaps to increase our understanding of the pain experience from the patient's perspective.

Online Survey to Research the Relationship Between Emotional Expression and Pain/illness

By |2018-05-27T15:25:37+00:00May 28th, 2018|Learn, Professional Resources|

Hawaa Dajan is a psychology honours student at USQ doing her research project on the relationship between emotional expression and pain/illness. Hawaa contacted me through FB and asked if I could share her information.  Of course! Hawaa and her co [...]

Retrain Pain Foundation’s Certification In Chronic Pain Rehabilitation

By |2018-05-09T15:17:12+00:00May 9th, 2018|Learn, Professional Resources|

Master the art & science of delivering biopsychosocial care for chronic pain. Reinvigorate your clinical work Get up to speed on principles of modern pain science Learn how apply pain science principles into practical skills that you can use in [...]

How does the learner like to learn? Visualised.

By |2018-04-27T10:50:54+00:00April 27th, 2018|Learn, Professional Resources|

I’m going to get more serious with my drive for patient management. Expect more posts about the job we’ve unofficially been hired to do. I know, I know, as if it’s not difficult enough managing pain, now we have to [...]

PNA event: How Can Physical Therapy Help With Pelvic Neuralgias

By |2018-04-04T16:34:43+00:00April 4th, 2018|Learn, Professional Resources|

Pudendal Neuralgia Association, Inc (PNA) invite you to a FREE online webinar: How can physical therapy help with pelvic neuralgias and self-help tips and Stephanie Pendergasts' Free Meeting for Males With Pelvic Pain April 18, 2018 6:30-7:30 PM EST ​Amy Stein, PT, [...]

Making Sense of Pain: A workshop for Health Professionals

By |2018-03-31T14:04:31+00:00March 31st, 2018|Learn, Professional, Professional Resources|

The eighth Inter-Professional Workshop For all health professionals who engage with people experiencing pain Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd June 2018. Wyllie Arthritis Centre, 17 Lemnos Street Shenton Park, WA For Details and on-line Registration Contact Melanie Galbraith, melanie.galbraith@biosymm.com John [...]