THE TRANSMUTATION OF FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia was officially recognised in 1990 when a Multicenter Criteria Committee of the American College of Rheumatology recommended the term be used as a means of classifying patients presenting with chronic widespread pain and tenderness [1]. Pain was considered to be “widespread” when it was experienced in all four quadrants of the body (i.e. on …

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ARE THEY ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION?

The following announcement has just appeared on Myopain Seminars, one of the websites run by proponents of “dry needling”: The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy is working on developing a list of competencies needed for physical therapists to perform dry needling, and we would greatly appreciate your help! The Federation has developed a …

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SUGAR-COATED NERVES: THE PSEUDO-SCIENCE OF NEURAL PROLOTHERAPY

 The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects or despises, or else – by some distinction sets aside and rejects, …

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A Brief History and Critique of Somatization

As originally proposed by the Viennese neurologist and psychoanalyst Wilhelm Stekel (1886-1940), somatization referred to a bodily disorder thought to originate from a deep-seated “neurotic” cause, and is identical with the Freudian concept of conversion. Used in this psychodynamic sense, somatization denotes an immature defence mechanism whereby psychic derivatives are “converted” into bodily symptoms. The …

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