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
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!).
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)
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
Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a great summer. I just wanted to let you know that I recently added a new section to my blog, to focus on central sensitization. When I began this blog in late 2012, I started out writing about the topics of chronic pain and fibromyalgia, terms which most of my … Continue reading Shedding light on central sensitization
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)
In my last post I outlined some ideas from Neil Pearson on how to stress our bodies in positive ways, in the hopes of re-shaping the way we process pain. I continued my experiment at the gym last night, and I think I stumbled upon the beginnings of what something like that would feel like. … Continue reading A successful experiment with acute stress
In the traditional model of physical therapy, the physical therapist prescribes stretches and exercises for the patient in order to improve function in one part of his or her body. For example, if you have back pain, your PT will probably give you strengthening exercises to build up the muscles in your back and your … Continue reading The core message of pain neurophysiology education
I saw a comment on Twitter today which really broke my heart, so I wanted to write this and make it clear: If you are experiencing pain hypersensitivity (through central sensitization), there is every reason to hope. If your nervous system has changed one way, it is possible to change it back. It won't be … Continue reading There is reason to hope.
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