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The Book Club: "Aches and Pains" with Physiotherapist Tom Jesson 

We discussed Aches and Pains by Physiotherapist, Zoologist, pain expert and advocate for human-centred, informed approaches to physiotherapy for pain; Louis Gifford.

Find out more about Louis Gifford's work before he passed, his inspirations and read his blog here: 

Louis passed away on 9 February after living with a diagnosis of prostate cancer for several years. He gave such a great deal to the Physiotherapy profession and to his (and our) patients. His Mature Organism Model blended his knowledge of zoology, the science of pain and all he had learned as a skilled and compassionate therapist together.

Tom Jesson is a physiotherapist with experience in musculoskeletal practice and a specialist persistent pain service. He's from the North East of England and has lived in South Korea. He now lives in Houston, Texas.

Find out more about his work and sign up to his excellent blog here:

Here we reflect on our first readings of the book by the late Louis Gifford and how the messages and lessons held within have influenced our practice.

This book is a 3-parter, so we invited guests on to discuss each part with us, check out the series:

Book 1: Pain Ambassador and Advocate Tina Price

Book 2: Physiotherapist and Sciatica-Geek Tom Jesson

Book 3: Physiotherapist and educator Steve Robson, a close friend of Louis Gifford

In tribute and thanks to Louis Gifford and his family for giving us access to his thoughts and recommendations for future research, these talks will all be free and available.

We strongly recommend that you buy his book and read it for yourself, whether you area clinician or a researcher but also, although it wasn't intended as a book for patients, if you are someone living with pain and trying to understand what pain is and see behind the veil of how therapists think therapy might work, this book could support you on your journey.

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