handwriting tips & tools

Handwriting Tips and Tools

Handwriting was always something I wished I was good at. I would watch my friends develop elegant and individual writing styles with envy. In my case, I simply wished I could get to the bottom of the page without my hands hurting. Gripping the pen so tightly it left dents in my fingers. Always having […]

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The Problem with Pain Scales

Throughout my Occupational Therapy training and my short but already meaningful career I’ve heard two key phrases in relation to OT. ‘Holistic’ and ‘Client centred’ .. even as students who struggled to explain exactly what being an OT involved we all knew that we had to practice holistically and be client centred [1]. So, we […]

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Day 9 of #30DaysWild

Today was largely an indoor day. I’ve tried to get some admin work done ready for the move and I’m actually struggling a bit. As with many chronic pain folks, I struggle with sudden changes of weather. Stormy weather in particular. I recently came across a quote that sums up my feelings rather well. “By […]

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Day 6 of #30DaysWild

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” — Bill Watterson I love rain, its refreshing and essential, but all changes in weather tend to come with not-so-pleasant reminders that my body does not work like it should. Ever heard someone talk about how their scars ache […]

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Flare Up Planning With Shona

Flare Up Planning with Shona

Something a little different for this blog post. I recently had the pleasure of working with Shona of My Marfan Life. Here, she share’s her experiences working with me and a bit about her life with Marfan Syndrome. “Recently I had the pleasure of having a 30 minute consultation with Jo to create a flare up […]

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Chronic Pain – What does it actually feel like?

This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time. While doing my dissertation before christmas I repeatedly read that most newly qualified healthcare professionals do not have a modern understanding of pain. I reviewed 9 articles for my dissertation, one common theme was the negative patient experience. Patients not feeling validated, […]

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