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Research interests

  • Persistent pain
  • Pain physiology in clinical practice
  • Persistent post-surgical pain
  • Acupuncture and physiotherapy as stimulation therapies
  • Mixed methods research
  • The therapeutic alliance
  • Non-specific treatment effects
  • Tai Chi and Chi Gong

Profile

Hubert qualified as a physiotherapist in the Netherlands in 1988 and moved to the UK in 1990. He worked in NHS hospitals and private practice in Essex and completed a three-year diploma course in Chinese acupuncture in 1996. This led to his appointment as Clinical Specialist at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital the following year, providing physiotherapy and acupuncture for the Pain Management Centre. Hubert developed an interest in the physiology, examination and treatment of patients with persistent pain conditions. He completed an MSc in Pain at King's College London in 2003. He also wrote a textbook for manual therapists, about pain mechanisms and the integration of the psychology and physiology of persistent pain in musculoskeletal practice.

Although based in London, Hubert has worked as a Consultant Physiotherapist in Southend-on-Sea since 2004. He has also delivered regular lectures about persistent pain at the University of Brighton and the University of Essex since 1999, and continues to teach acupuncture courses for physiotherapists. He has completed his second textbook, edited together with Jenny Strong and Anita Unruh, the same year that he obtained his PhD from the University of Brighton. In 2013 he was appointed as Research Fellow in Physiotherapy by the University of Brighton.

Recent publications

van Griensven, H (2013) "The impact of caesarean section scar problems and the individual's perception of associated health care needs", PhD thesis housed at University of Brighton and British Lending Library.

van Griensven, H, Strong, J, andUnruh A (2013) "Pain. A textbook for clinicians". Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Due December 2013.

Unruh, A, Strong, J, van Griensven H (2013) "Introduction to pain". In: van Griensven H, Strong J, Unruh A (editors) "Pain. A textbook for clinicians". Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Due December 2013.

van Griensven, H (2013) "Neurophysiology of pain". In: van Griensven H, Strong J, Unruh A (editors) "Pain. A textbook for clinicians". Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Due December 2013.

Cook, NU, van Griensven, H (2013) "Neuropathic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – assessment and management". In: van Griensven H, Strong J, Unruh A (editors) "Pain. A textbook for clinicians". Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Due December 2013.

Strong, J, van Griensven, H (2013) "Assessing pain". In: van Griensven H, Strong J, Unruh A (editors) "Pain. A textbook for clinicians". Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Due December 2013.

Moynihan, R, Sweet, M (2008) "Ten questions you must ask your doctor. How to make better decisions about drugs, tests and treatment", Allen & Unwin, Sydney. Advice and feedback to the authors by van Griensven, H.

van Griensven, H (2007) "Consultant Physiotherapists – What's in a name?", article written at the request of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Primary Care Today, April 2007.

van Griensven, H (2007) "The physiotherapist as healer". Back Care, June 2007.

van Griensven, H (2005) "Pain in Practice. Theory and strategies for manual therapists", Butterworth Heinemann, Edinburgh.

Petty, N, Moore, A (1998) "Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment - A handbook for therapists". Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Review and revision of all content related to pain by van Griensven, H.

van Griensven, H (1995) "Dr Drum", series of three articles about drumming-related injuries, UK percussion magazine Rhythm.