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Understanding Pain Part 2: Chronic Pain

Hello again everyone. I hope you enjoyed learning all about pain in my last blog! That was just a basic overview of pain in general. This time I want to talk about chronic pain and central sensitisation. Hopefully this will give you a better understanding of what happens and why. Before coming on this placement,…Continue reading Understanding Pain Part 2: Chronic Pain

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Fatigue – How can we manage it ourselves?

I’m pretty sure most people reading this will have experienced fatigue of some kind. And I don’t mean the ‘Oh gosh I’m so tired, it’s been such a long day’ kind of fatigue. I mean the ‘I can’t bring myself to get out of bed this morning’ kind of fatigue. I have experienced this kind…Continue reading Fatigue – How can we manage it ourselves?

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A Student’s Survival guide to Placement – transferable skills

Welcome everybody to my second blog post! My name is Charlie and I’m a third-year OT student. I’ve been working with Jo over the past 9 weeks. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with all of the wonderful people in the JBOT community. As you may have guessed from the title and from my little…Continue reading A Student’s Survival guide to Placement – transferable skills

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Festive Season Tips

The holiday season can be difficult for the able-bodied, let alone for those of us with a long-term condition. Stress. Fatigue. People. Indulgent food. Long days. They are all factors that can exacerbate our symptoms and make us feel horrific. So, how can we help ourselves to get through this time of the year and…Continue reading Festive Season Tips

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Want to learn a new skill? Here are some study/work methods that can help you learn

Studying and learning a new skill can be hard! Especially if it’s not something that comes naturally at first. Whether it’s learning to play guitar, revising for an exam or generally just being more productive at work. I have collated some evidence-based techniques that can be used to help you make the most of your…Continue reading Want to learn a new skill? Here are some study/work methods that can help you learn

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Activity Analysis

For an able-bodied person, tasks such as making a sandwich can seem ‘a piece of cake’.   Task, such as making a ham sandwich for an ‘able bodied’ person.  1.Clear a flat working area in the kitchen.  2. Take butter and ham out of the fridge and the bread out of the bread bin. Take knives…Continue reading Activity Analysis

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Pacing for better mental health

Mental health is something we all have, good or bad. It is often separated from physical health, as if the brain is floating in some cloud-like invisible storage centre. The overlap between physical illness and mental illness is clear. If depression makes getting out of bed seem too much, feeling well enough to exercise is…Continue reading Pacing for better mental health

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Coronavirus Shielding: Advice for rejoining the world

2020 has definitely been a roller-coaster.. mostly made up of scary downhill parts and sudden drops. For many folks with pre-existing conditions (myself included) the last few months have been downright scary. The lack of information around what actually constituted a risk meant that many people were in a weird no man’s land where they…Continue reading Coronavirus Shielding: Advice for rejoining the world

#HypnOT session 5 – Weight Management

Welcome back to #HypnOT. Session 5 focuses on weight management, no miracle diet solutions here, just healthy living. Kim (Online Psychotherapist) explains a little about how our brains view food and the evolutionary backing behind eating. I share some useful tips on improving your activity levels without injury and burn-out. I also try to get…Continue reading #HypnOT session 5 – Weight Management