It is quite simple, really. I just want to help.

I didn’t learn much about chronic pain during my graduate studies. However, in my first job all the patients had musculoskeletal chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). My “standard” physiotherapy skills were not very relevant to these patients. So I listened and learned.

It became clear that I should focus on the whole patient rather than the area (or areas) of the body where the pain was. Behind the patient and the pain, there was a person who was really struggling and grieving for the loss of their “previous pain-free live”. I began to understand the bigger picture of pain and how biological and neurophysiological changes that occur due to pain, integrate with psychological, social, and cultural aspects. It was then that I realized my therapy treatment had to change to integrate these elements, always following scientific evidence and best practice.