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Pain and Rehabilitation


Pain and Rehabilitation

Professor Mark Johnson’s research investigates the science of pain and its management. Professor Johnson conducts Cochrane reviews and meta-analyses, experimental studies on human participants and clinical trials on patients experiencing pain. 

His main programmes of research include; factors influencing response to electrophysical agents; factors influencing pain sensitivity response; the epidemiology of pain in developing countries; pain, memory, motor imagery and perceptual embodiment.

Established in 1992, we have received international recognition for our research on the science of pain and its management. Our team consists of staff and students who conduct systematic reviews, experimental studies on human participants and clinical trials on patients experiencing pain. We have published over 140 studies and chapters in major pain textbooks and have showcased our research at the Royal Society's Summer Science exhibition, the Royal Institution's Science Day and Techfest 2008, India, Asia's largest technology festival. 

We have research partnerships across the globe and much experience of supporting international students who collect data in their home country. Our research is supported by our Pain Research Laboratory that houses a range of psychophysiological and biochemical equipment.

Our Staff

Pain Publications

  • Alabas, O. A., Tashani, O. A., & Johnson, M. I. (2012). Gender role expectations of pain mediate sex differences in cold pain responses in healthy Libyans. European Journal of Pain, 16, 300-311.
  • Chen, C. C. & Johnson, M. I. (2011). Differential Frequency Effects of Strong Nonpainful Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Experimentally Induced Ischemic Pain in Healthy Human Participants. Clinical Journal of Pain, 27, 434-441.
  • Chow, R. T., Johnson, M. I., Lopes-Martins, R. A. B., & Bjordal, J. M. (2009). Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials. Lancet, 374, 1897-1908.
  • Paley, CA., Johnson, M. I., Tashani, O. A., & Bagnall, A.-M. (2011). Acupuncture for cancer pain in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Exemplar areas for degree supervision

  • Factors influencing response to electrophysical treatments such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), acupuncture, low level laser therapy and physiotherapy techniques such as massage, manipulation and mobilisation.
  • Factors influencing pain sensitivity response including sex and gender, ethnocultural background, obesity and tissue acidosis.
  • The epidemiology of pain in developing countries.
  • Pain, memory, motor imagery and perceptual embodiment.

Case Studies

"Double-jointed" soccer players have more injuries

Professor Mark Johnson’s research investigates the science of pain and its management. He conducts Cochrane reviews and meta-analyses, experimental studies on human participants and clinical trials on patients experiencing pain.

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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation research at Leeds Beckett University builds on our strengths in providing undergraduate and postgraduate education for allied health professionals. Staff in the School have diverse research interests spanning the broad field of rehabilitation. These include research focusing on individuals with acquired brain damage (e.g. stroke), developmental disorders, and also sports injuries. Much of our research is supported by our Vision & Movement Laboratory that houses a range of specialist equipment.

Rehabilitation Publications

  • Clark, E., Hill, K. D., & Punt, T. D. (2012). Responsiveness of 2 scales to evaluate lateropulsion or pusher syndrome recovery after stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93, 149-155.
  • Konopinski, M. D., Jones, G. J., & Johnson, M. I. (2012). The effect of hypermobility on the incidence of injuries in elite-level professional soccer players: a cohort study. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 40, 763-769.
  • Punt, T. D., Kitadono, K., Hulleman, J., Humphreys, G. W., & Riddoch, M. J. (2011). Modulating wheelchair navigation in patients with spatial neglect. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21, 367-382.
  • Sinani, C., Sugden, D. A., & Hill, E. L. (2011). Gesture production in school vs. clinical samples of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and typically developing children. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1270-1282.

Exemplar areas for degree supervision:

  • Measurement of cognitive and motor performance in clinical populations (e.g. stroke) 
  • Assessment and management of children with developmental disorders 
  • Epidemiology of injuries in sport (e.g. football, cricket) 
  • Exploring wider perspectives of disability nationally and internationally. 
  • Approaches to the management of musculo-skeletal disorders (e.g. McKenzie).