Having been rightly admonished by Monica for my poor understanding of pain neuroscience (we didn’t do it when I was at college many moons ago, and it’s taken me a while to cotton on) she kindly provided a curated reading list. Most of them are surprsingly easy and fun reading. If you are very keen on study in this area, this selection is taken from a more extensive list originally posted on Facebook by Sigurrd Mikkelsen which you can find here.
Monica’s personal favourite is this one – Diane Jacobs’ Dermoneuromodulation references (55 pages)
[That link is to a long list of references but her page dermoneuromodulation.com always looks excellent. Penny]
and by way of introduction to that, this might be a good place to start – Dermoneuromodulation. What?! Another Technique
“The Power of Touch” on Psychology Today
“The Science of Touch and Emotion” on Berkeley Science Review
“Acute Pain Is Eased With the Touch of A Hand” on PHYSORG
“Scientists Identify Key Cells in Touch Sensation” on Scicasts:
“A Mind About Touch”, a 5 min vid on Brainfacts
“The Skin As A Social Organ”, open access in Experimental Brain Research
“The Social and Personality Neuroscience of Empathy For Pain and Touch”, open access in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience:
There is no skill in manual therapy
Facebook: Monica also recommends Touch Science, a closed group.