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Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist

About me: I trained as an occupational therapist, and graduated in 1984. Since then I’ve continued study at postgraduate level and my papers have included business skills, ergonomics, mental health therapies, and psychology. I completed by Masters in Psychology in 1999, and started my PhD... Full Bio
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‘I want my epidural!!!!!!!!!!!’ by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’ve had two children – now 19 and 16, and wonderful. At the time of their delivery I can remember both times thinking ‘as long as they’re healthy’ and being ... Read on »
‘Psychological therapy’ works for fibromyalgia! by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain An ‘enigmatic’ disorder – this is what Perry Nicassio calls fibromyalgia. I hadn’t thought of it that way, because so many chronic pain problems seem to be equally ‘en ... Read on »
“Faking” pain – and inconsistency in presentation by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain There is a common belief amongst some people involved in pain and pain management that a person with chronic pain should be consistent in their presentation. That is ... Read on »
“If I do that, I’ll be in more pain and won’t sleep and …” Tampa... by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The fear avoidance (or pain-related fear and avoidance) model has given the clinical pain management community much to think about. Based on the “phobia” paradigm, the ... Read on »
“It’s there and I’m stuck with it” – chronic knee pain after knee... by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I share an office with an Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He snorted at me one day, and showed me the stats from our national joint register database whe ... Read on »
“Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursel’s as others see us! It wad frae... by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain That quote from Robbie Burns. For such a long time it seems that pain research has focused only on the person having pain and less on the social context where the ... Read on »
“Process serving People” by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain RTW matters latest newsletter advises why they wish they hadn’t had that tattoo done last year – and I couldn’t agree more. <a href="Process SERVING People“>This brief e ... Read on »
“Psychological stuff isn’t in my scope of practice” so what can I do? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A common cry from various clinicians who work in the field of pain management but who are not psychologists is “but now what?” when they recognise that a key factor in ... Read on »
“You’re just being a hypochondriac” – health anxiety & chronic pain by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I think that label has to be one of the most feared amongst the people I see with chronic pain.  To be judged as being obsessed about nonexistant illnesses ... Read on »
…answers to questions by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’m away now for about a week, so I leave you with these answers to life’s questions I wish I knew where I clipped this from – it’s beautiful! …and this ... Read on »
…but I thought a new knee would fix my pain! by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Working in an orthopaedic surgery department is quite enlightening. Along with discussions about ceramic vs metal implants and cartilage regeneration (I work with a te ... Read on »
…but I’m not ready to stop looking for a cure by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain People come to pain management with a wide range of attitudes and expectations.  Over the past few months I’ve been reviewing the ‘goals’ that people write in ... Read on »
…unexpectedly absent by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain After writing recently about post-surgical pain, I’m unexpectedly going to be having some surgery myself today. I’ll be out of circulation for about a month, and ... Read on »
(not) Friday Funnies by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It’s been a busy day for a Friday for me, so instead of Friday Funnies I thought I’d leave you with a photograph to remind those of us in winterland that One Day it Will B ... Read on »
10 Things You Really Oughta Know About Chronic Pain by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain …with apologies to the therapists in the Special Interest Group who first raised this topic! Something I’m acutely aware of after working in pain management for a whil ... Read on »
101 Fascinating Brain Blogs at Online Education Database by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Take a look at this list of great sites on things ‘brain’ - from lighter to really intense, at least one or two of these blogs will have something for you! While you’ ... Read on »
2010 in review by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Met ... Read on »
2011 NZ Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Early notice for the 2011 NZ Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting – confirmed speakers Prof Eugene Carragee and Dr Lance McCracken. Click here for more details ... Read on »