Mira Meeus

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Affiliation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Country: Belgium

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Central sensitization in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic literature review
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    Semin Arthritis Rheum 41:556-67. 2012
  2. ncbi request reprint The efficacy of patient education in whiplash associated disorders: a systematic review
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences, Artesis University College Antwerp, Belgium
    Pain Physician 15:351-61. 2012
  3. ncbi request reprint Chronic musculoskeletal pain in patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Higher Institute of Physiotherapy, Department of Health Care Sciences, Hogeschool Antwerpen HA, Van Aertselaerstraat 31, 2170 Merksem, Belgium
    Eur J Pain 11:377-86. 2007
  4. ncbi request reprint Serotonergic descending inhibition in chronic pain: design, preliminary results and early cessation of a randomized controlled trial
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Building L Mfys, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
    In Vivo 25:1019-25. 2011
  5. doi request reprint In the mind or in the brain? Scientific evidence for central sensitisation in chronic fatigue syndrome
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel VUB, Brussels, Belgium
    Eur J Clin Invest 42:203-12. 2012
  6. ncbi request reprint Pain neurophysiology education improves cognitions, pain thresholds, and movement performance in people with chronic whiplash: a pilot study
    Jessica Van Oosterwijck
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    J Rehabil Res Dev 48:43-58. 2011
  7. doi request reprint Lack of endogenous pain inhibition during exercise in people with chronic whiplash associated disorders: an experimental study
    Jessica Van Oosterwijck
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    J Pain 13:242-54. 2012
  8. doi request reprint Association between cognitive performance, physical fitness, and physical activity level in women with chronic fatigue syndrome
    Kelly Ickmans
    Pain in Motion Research Group PIM, Department of Human Physiology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    J Rehabil Res Dev 50:795-810. 2013
  9. doi request reprint Kinesiophobia, catastrophizing and anticipated symptoms before stair climbing in chronic fatigue syndrome: an experimental study
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    Disabil Rehabil 34:1299-305. 2012
  10. doi request reprint Pain physiology education improves pain beliefs in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome compared with pacing and self-management education: a double-blind randomized controlled trial
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Health Sciences, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 91:1153-9. 2010

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Publications32

  1. doi request reprint Central sensitization in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic literature review
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    Semin Arthritis Rheum 41:556-67. 2012
    ..The goal of the present study is to systematically review the scientific literature addressing central sensitization and central nociceptive processing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
  2. ncbi request reprint The efficacy of patient education in whiplash associated disorders: a systematic review
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences, Artesis University College Antwerp, Belgium
    Pain Physician 15:351-61. 2012
    ..However, it is still unclear which type of educative intervention has already been used in WAD patients and how effective such interventions are...
  3. ncbi request reprint Chronic musculoskeletal pain in patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Higher Institute of Physiotherapy, Department of Health Care Sciences, Hogeschool Antwerpen HA, Van Aertselaerstraat 31, 2170 Merksem, Belgium
    Eur J Pain 11:377-86. 2007
    ..In addition to debilitating fatigue the majority of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) experience chronic widespread pain...
  4. ncbi request reprint Serotonergic descending inhibition in chronic pain: design, preliminary results and early cessation of a randomized controlled trial
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Building L Mfys, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
    In Vivo 25:1019-25. 2011
    ....
  5. doi request reprint In the mind or in the brain? Scientific evidence for central sensitisation in chronic fatigue syndrome
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel VUB, Brussels, Belgium
    Eur J Clin Invest 42:203-12. 2012
    ..e. central sensitisation). Since then, several studies have examined central sensitisation in patients with CFS. This study provides an overview of such studies...
  6. ncbi request reprint Pain neurophysiology education improves cognitions, pain thresholds, and movement performance in people with chronic whiplash: a pilot study
    Jessica Van Oosterwijck
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    J Rehabil Res Dev 48:43-58. 2011
    ....
  7. doi request reprint Lack of endogenous pain inhibition during exercise in people with chronic whiplash associated disorders: an experimental study
    Jessica Van Oosterwijck
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    J Pain 13:242-54. 2012
    ..Submaximal exercise triggers post-exertional malaise, while a self-paced and physiologically limited exercise will trigger less severe symptoms, and therefore seems more appropriate for chronic WAD patients...
  8. doi request reprint Association between cognitive performance, physical fitness, and physical activity level in women with chronic fatigue syndrome
    Kelly Ickmans
    Pain in Motion Research Group PIM, Department of Human Physiology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    J Rehabil Res Dev 50:795-810. 2013
    ..05 and p < 0.001, respectively). In conclusion, physical fitness, but not PAL, is associated with cognitive performance in female patients with CFS. ..
  9. doi request reprint Kinesiophobia, catastrophizing and anticipated symptoms before stair climbing in chronic fatigue syndrome: an experimental study
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    Disabil Rehabil 34:1299-305. 2012
    ....
  10. doi request reprint Pain physiology education improves pain beliefs in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome compared with pacing and self-management education: a double-blind randomized controlled trial
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Health Sciences, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 91:1153-9. 2010
    ..To examine whether pain physiology education was capable of changing pain cognitions and pain thresholds in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and chronic widespread pain...
  11. ncbi request reprint Chronic fatigue syndrome: exercise performance related to immune dysfunction
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    Med Sci Sports Exerc 37:1647-54. 2005
    ..Therefore, the aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the interactions between several intracellular immune variables and exercise performance in CFS patients...
  12. doi request reprint Reduced pressure pain thresholds in response to exercise in chronic fatigue syndrome but not in chronic low back pain: an experimental study
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences, Artesis University College Antwerp, Merksem, Belgium
    J Rehabil Med 42:884-90. 2010
    ....
  13. ncbi request reprint Unravelling intracellular immune dysfunctions in chronic fatigue syndrome: interactions between protein kinase R activity, RNase L cleavage and elastase activity, and their clinical relevance
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    In Vivo 22:115-21. 2008
    ..RNase L and elastase activity are related to daily functioning, thus evidence supporting the clinical importance of these immune dysfunctions in CFS patients was provided...
  14. doi request reprint Cognitive performance is of clinical importance, but is unrelated to pain severity in women with chronic fatigue syndrome
    Kelly Ickmans
    Pain in Motion Research Group PIM, Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Building L, Pleinlaan 2, 1050, Brussels, Belgium
    Clin Rheumatol 32:1475-85. 2013
    ..Finally, the lack of a significant relationship between cognitive performance and self-reported pain severity suggests that pain in CFS might be unique...
  15. doi request reprint Fear of movement and avoidance behaviour toward physical activity in chronic-fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: state of the art and implications for clinical practice
    Jo Nijs
    Pain in Motion research group, Department of Human Physiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Building L Mfys, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
    Clin Rheumatol 32:1121-9. 2013
    ....
  16. ncbi request reprint Pain in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: time for specific pain treatment?
    Jo Nijs
    Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Research Group, Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
    Pain Physician 15:E677-86. 2012
    ..Besides chronic fatigue, patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have debilitating widespread pain. Yet pain from CFS is often ignored by clinicians and researchers...
  17. doi request reprint Treatment of central sensitization in patients with 'unexplained' chronic pain: what options do we have?
    Jo Nijs
    Artesis University College Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
    Expert Opin Pharmacother 12:1087-98. 2011
    ..Given the increasing evidence supporting the clinical significance of central sensitization in those with unexplained chronic pain, the awareness is growing that central sensitization should be a treatment target in these patients...
  18. doi request reprint Diffuse noxious inhibitory control is delayed in chronic fatigue syndrome: an experimental study
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences, University College Antwerp HA, Belgium
    Pain 139:439-48. 2008
    ..In conclusion, delayed pain inhibition may play a role in chronic widespread pain in CFS but further research is required...
  19. doi request reprint Evidence for generalized hyperalgesia in chronic fatigue syndrome: a case control study
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Health Sciences, Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen AHA, Merksem, Belgium
    Clin Rheumatol 29:393-8. 2010
    ..These findings provide evidence for the existence of hyperalgesia even in asymptomatic areas (generalized secondary hyperalgesia). The generalized hyperalgesia may represent the involvement of a sensitized central nervous system...
  20. doi request reprint Pain physiology education improves health status and endogenous pain inhibition in fibromyalgia: a double-blind randomized controlled trial
    Jessica Van Oosterwijck
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Department of Physical Medicine and Physiotherapy, University Hospital Brussels, Brussels Department of Health Care Sciences, Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Artesis University College Antwerp, Antwerp Private Practice for Internal Medicine, Gent Aalst, Belgium Nursing and Health Care, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
    Clin J Pain 29:873-82. 2013
    ....
  21. ncbi request reprint Dysfunctional endogenous analgesia during exercise in patients with chronic pain: to exercise or not to exercise?
    Jo Nijs
    Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Research Group, Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
    Pain Physician 15:ES205-13. 2012
    ..e. evidence based), it is currently unclear whether exercise has positive effects on the processes involved in chronic pain (e.g. central pain modulation)...
  22. doi request reprint Role of psychological aspects in both chronic pain and in daily functioning in chronic fatigue syndrome: a prospective longitudinal study
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences, Artesis University College Antwerp, Van Aertselaerstraat 31, Merksem, Antwerp, Belgium
    Clin Rheumatol 31:921-9. 2012
    ..They were also correlated to daily functioning, with depression as the main predictor for restrictions in daily functioning at baseline...
  23. pmc Central sensitization: a biopsychosocial explanation for chronic widespread pain in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel VUB, Brussel, Belgium
    Clin Rheumatol 26:465-73. 2007
    ..Further investigations could use similar protocols to those already used in studies on pain in FM like, for example, studies on temporal summation, spatial summation, the role of psychosocial aspects in chronic pain, etc...
  24. ncbi request reprint Chronic musculoskeletal pain in chronic fatigue syndrome: recent developments and therapeutic implications
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    Man Ther 11:187-91. 2006
    ..Studies examining the effectiveness of these strategies for CFS patients are warranted...
  25. doi request reprint Symptom fluctuations and daily physical activity in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a case-control study
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences, Artesis University College Antwerp, Belgium
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 92:1820-6. 2011
    ....
  26. ncbi request reprint Nitric oxide concentrations are normal and unrelated to activity level in chronic fatigue syndrome: a case-control study
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Artesis University College AHA, Department of Health Sciences, Van Aertselaerstraat 31, 2170 Merksem, Belgium
    In Vivo 24:865-9. 2010
    ..since patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often present elevated levels of nitric oxide (NO) and low levels of physical activity, this study aimed at revealing possible correlations between NO concentration and physical activity...
  27. doi request reprint Tired of being inactive: a systematic literature review of physical activity, physiological exercise capacity and muscle strength in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    Disabil Rehabil 33:1493-500. 2011
    ..Future studies should use a wash-out period for medication use, blinded assessments, a priori power calculation and a sedentary control group comparable for age, gender, body weight, body length and current physical activity level...
  28. doi request reprint Is the International Physical Activity Questionnaire-short form (IPAQ-SF) valid for assessing physical activity in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
    Mira Meeus
    Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences, Artesis University College Antwerp AHA, Antwerp, Belgium
    Disabil Rehabil 33:9-16. 2011
    ..To evaluate the criterion validity and internal consistency of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire-short form (IPAQ-sf) in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients...
  29. ncbi request reprint Can pacing self-management alter physical behavior and symptom severity in chronic fatigue syndrome? A case series
    Jo Nijs
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Building L Mfys, Pleinlaan 2, BE 1050, Brussels, Belgium
    J Rehabil Res Dev 46:985-96. 2009
    ..The outcome of the present study calls for a randomized controlled clinical trial to examine the effectiveness of pacing self-management for people with CFS...
  30. doi request reprint How to explain central sensitization to patients with 'unexplained' chronic musculoskeletal pain: practice guidelines
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    Man Ther 16:413-8. 2011
    ..Pain physiology education is a continuous process initiated during the educational sessions and continued within both the active treatment and during the longer term rehabilitation program...
  31. ncbi request reprint Immunological similarities between cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome: the common link to fatigue?
    Mira Meeus
    Department of Health Sciences, Van Aertselaerstraat 31, 2170 Merksem, Belgium
    Anticancer Res 29:4717-26. 2009
    ..These anomalies may be part of the physiopathology of some of the common complaints, such as fatigue. Further studies to confirm the hypotheses given here are warranted...
  32. ncbi request reprint Chronic fatigue syndrome: intracellular immune deregulations as a possible etiology for abnormal exercise response
    Jo Nijs
    Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Physical Therapy Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel 1090, Belgium
    Med Hypotheses 62:759-65. 2004
    ..Finally, it is explored how several types of infections, frequently identified in CFS patients, fit into these hypothetical pathophysiological interactions...