Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Nervous System, Pain Science

Central Sensitivity Syndromes

A really important concept for anyone struggling with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or other chronic health conditions is the idea of "central sensitivity syndromes" (CSS for short). The term refers to any kind of condition that can be caused by a change in the way the nervous system processes pain (a process known as central sensitization).… Continue reading Central Sensitivity Syndromes

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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)

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A successful experiment with acute stress

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

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Neil Pearson on the benefits of acute stress

I recently discovered this super thought-provoking article article from Neil Pearson on the positive effects of acute stress on the body. We normally think of stress in as the chronic, ongoing stress that continues for weeks on end, taking a toll on our body in the process.  However, there are ways in which acute stress--… Continue reading Neil Pearson on the benefits of acute stress

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Favorites, Pain Neurophysiology Education, Pain Science, physical therapy, Treatment Approaches

The core message of pain neurophysiology education

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