I looked at him, mildly surprised that would say that to me, and smiled. “Sorry, I don’t. I’m just visiting.” I could’ve explained to him that I was visiting the Netherlands for a story in my publication, and I already speak two other languages besides English. I could’ve told him that I used Spanish to communicate with the young barista who spoke little English (his parents were from Spain who immigrated to the Netherlands). Well, I just let it go and continued my work while he mumbled something under his breath.
Interestingly, most Dutch I had met in my four-night stay in the Netherlands were also fluent in English, like many Norwegians and some Germans I had encountered during my travels in northern Europe last April. The amount of bilingualism and trilingualism (and sometimes even more!) among many Europeans surprised me a bit. And looking back at my last traveling adventure, I never expected that writing and publishing would take me to many places that I did not expect to go so soon.
Writing and compiling this issue was as excruciating as making Taiwanese soup dumplings, but thanks to Erin Jackson, Tania Velásquez, Catie Morgan, and many others who had contributed ideas and their stories to this issue, this became a reality. I also had received numerous thank you emails from therapists around the world.
Although this issue was pretty easy to do at first, "translating" the research and its application to an eighth-grade science level molded many writer's block, where my brain occasionally enter a "screensaver" mode for many minutes before an idea seeped out of it.
Also, Spring 2018 is a prologue to the next issue....
Not only did this topic expanded my own understanding of pain and treatment, it also helped me connect with several (rare) physiotherapists and researchers who are like walking Wikipedias on CRPS: Dr. Robert Johnson, Dr. Janet Holly, Dr. Terence Coderre, and Dr. Keith Smart. By far, this is the most popular issue in 2018.
Last summer, I interviewed Dr. Nicholas Stergiou on Skype, who is one of the leading researchers in movement variability. While the concept it pretty easy to understand, applying this knowledge is another matter. It's like reading a recipe how to make fresh guacamole and salsa dips, and finding out later that prepping and making them are another level of challenge. Even so, one major takeaway I got out of talking with the movement professor is using analogies and metaphors to describe complex ideas. Otherwise, people may lose interest, like Seasons 7 and 8 of “The Walking Dead."
The adventure in Boston in mid-September with IASP 2018 was the major starting point of what will be anticipated in 2019 and possibly even early 2020. There are some organizations (e.g. It Doesn't Have to Hurt, Pain BC) and universities (e.g. McGill University) who are already in the frontline in spreading the right information to the public while incinerating myths and outdated ideas and refining existing hypotheses and theories. Fidgeting and juggling with ideas in my head, I look forward to see what the new year brings!
Thank you for your help in 2018:
Dr. Ravensara Travillian
Sandy Hilton and Sarah Haag of Entropy Physiotherapy & Wellness
Erin Jackson of Jackson LLP: Healthcare Lawyers
Rajam Roose of San Diego Pain Summit
Catie Morgan of Amara Massage Therapy & Wellness
Jamie Johnston of Massage Therapist Development Centre
Walt Fritz of Foundatios of MFR Seminarswaltfritzseminars.com/
Anita Wilson and Jenny Slauenwhite of Coast Therapy
Bodhi Haraldsson of PainPro BC
Paula Jaspar of Family Centre Therapeutics
Tania Velásquez of Pinpoint Bodywork
Julie Tudor of Connect Wellness
Brian Rutledge of Refined Being
Bronnie L. Thompson of University of Otago, Christchurch
Eric Purves of Achieve Health
Alice Sanvito of Massage St. Louis
Vicki Stewart Winston of Spa Visage
Laura Ford of Look Before You Book a Massagelookbeforeyoubookamassage.com/
Tanya Crooks of Thumbworks Sports Massage
Laura Allen, LMT
Sarah Black of The Athletic Centre