About Louis Gifford

I'm a Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in pain. Over the last 25 years I've written and lectured on the clinical biology of aches and pains and it's management.

The first serving

Thanks to all of you who find this site and have a look around.  Take what you want, read, maybe even study…. and hopefully enjoy.

Over the coming weeks I will be posting more and more of my published work up.  Any requests please leave them here and I’ll see what I can find in my archives!

I’m not entirely sure if blogging is 100% my scene as I’ve viewed a few that are a bit sickly and they’re ‘it’s me’, ‘make me money’ and ‘sell my products’ centred, but others that I’ve thought, hey, great to access this person’s stuff so easily and be able to have a discussion with them too…. they enjoy their work and want others to…. That’s how I’d like this place to be. Of course, anyone who thinks and writes wants others to read their stuff, otherwise, what’s the point.

It’s been about 25 years now since I started out wondering what pain was really all about and getting better answers.  I’ve had a good trip and I’m trying to get my ‘book’ finally out although time is pressing for me a bit now.

Over the years I’ve had a lot of requests for my writing from overseas and abroad – and realised that a great deal of it rests in hard to get and hard to find places, much of which is no longer available.   Of course, the internet makes access so much easier.  So, here it is.

Look, one of the main reasons I ended up filling my head with pain related stuff was because I wanted better answers for my patients when they asked awkward questions.


‘Louis, one day I was absolutely fine, I went to bed fine, slept fine and then woke up hardly able to move my neck…..the pain was down my arm… I can’t think of anything that might have caused it… what do you think is going on…?


‘One day the pain was in my right arm, then it went, then 2 days later it was in my left arm…. the Dr can’t explain it, can you?’.

Or the classic awful question to some ghastly problem you haven’t a clue what’s going on…… ‘How long is this going to take to get better?’  In the old days I’d say something like…. ‘er, that’ll be easier to judge after a couple of treatments’….. and hoped that they forgot to ask you again…

…. and there are better answers, a lot better answers!

More soon!