Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science

I wanted to share a really important post with you all this morning, from the author of Chronically Undiagnosed. She's a therapist who is dealing with chronic illness.  Recently, she wrote about her experience attending a chronic pain support group that incorporated some of the theories of modern pain science... but did so very badly. … Continue reading Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science

The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).

Using metaphors to explain how pain works One of the original reasons I started this blog was to get the word out about the various pain scientists and educators whose work has touched my life (including, but not limited to, Neil Pearson and Lorimer Moseley). From them, I've learned that pain isn't here to make … Continue reading The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).

The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

Okay, so here’s the story of the time I thought I’d found the right person to help me, which of course, made it all the more disappointing when it didn’t turn out to be the case. In telling my story, I’m choosing to gloss over every little ache and pain I had; every time I … Continue reading The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

Learning about central sensitization: the power of naming, and the future of pain treatment

Whew. I have really enjoyed writing my more personal posts recently-- I love to tell a good story, and to feel as though my past experiences have some meaning.  (And I've really appreciated all your kind words, comments, and shares!). But also, wow-- some of those posts were very emotional for me.  Right now I’m … Continue reading Learning about central sensitization: the power of naming, and the future of pain treatment

How Clifford Woolf discovered central sensitization (and why you shouldn’t blame yourself for chronic pain)

You've probably noticed that my blog is all about central sensitization-- the process through which the central nervous system can change over time and become more sensitive to pain. Personally, I find learning about central sensitization to be empowering.  I spent years trying to find an answer for the pain and other symptoms I felt, only to … Continue reading How Clifford Woolf discovered central sensitization (and why you shouldn’t blame yourself for chronic pain)

Todd Hargrove: Seven Things You Should Know About about Pain Science

As I've mentioned recently, two things make me really happy, which I plan to focus on more in my blogging in 2017: Great explanations of pain and the nervous system Amazing writing and creative use of language Well, this fantastic article on pain science by Todd Hargrove at Better Movement has both, so of course it had … Continue reading Todd Hargrove: Seven Things You Should Know About about Pain Science