I struggled with what to say on my blog this week, but I finally landed upon this idea as the thing that resonated with me at the current moment. Something I've been realizing, more and more every day, is how much time I've spent judging myself for the problems I've had. Not actively trying to … Continue reading Seeing things clearly, without that added layer of judgement on top
I have been away. I have often thought of how to begin this blog again after a long hiatus and then more time would pass and there it stood waiting for me to speak, write, and reach out. The reason for my silence is the same reason for beginning this blog. Living with chronic illness … Continue reading A Returning
I recently learned about a fascinating study that I had to share with you all. Researchers took two groups of people– professional violinists and regular, everyday people off the street– and pricked everyone’s index finger with a pin. The violinists reported feeling much more pain than the non-violinists, even though everyone’s finger was pricked in the exact same way.
I thought this was so interesting. This article on Optimum Sports Performance sums it up quite well (scroll down to the “Influence Psychology” section. The author writes, “The enhanced sensory map and awareness of their hands that a professional violinist has makes them hypervigilant to anything that may be remotely threatening.”
I love this phrase “enhanced sensory map.” They say practice makes perfect– well, all those hours and hours of practicing has given that violinist a very well-developed communication pathway between hand, spinal cord, and brain. He or she is…
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEY58fiSK8E I first saw this Louis C.K. clip a couple of weeks ago, and I've been thinking about it ever since. (Be sure you watch until the 3:05 mark, which is where he really starts to make his point). Studying anatomy and physiology and learning about the body has helped me to get to the … Continue reading Maybe everything is amazing
When I first started blogging, I had no idea if anyone would actually read what I had written. I tried out all different types of posts, including more journal-like entries, pictures, and recipes, as I tried to figure out what type of blog mine would be. Hitting “Publish” on each one of those early posts … Continue reading Favorite Posts from My First Year of Blogging: Part One
Have you ever thought about participating in a clinical trial? I've never done it myself, but I've always wanted to. It's a way to talk to people who are studying your condition, receive free medical examinations/testing, free medication, and possibly earn some money. On top of all that, you'll be helping to further our current … Continue reading Clinical Trials Looking for Participants with Fibromyalgia
Nociception vs. PainBBoy Science is a great site that covers some of the same information about pain that I try to cover on this blog. I definitely recommend checking it out!
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Australian university decides to no longer offer chiropractic training
This was a really thought-provoking article from Neil Pearson on balancing acute versus chronic stress in the body. While chronic stress is harmful on the body, acute stress actually has a lot of benefits. Pearson explains, "If you want to make a muscle stronger, use it more. If you want to grow more tolerant of … Continue reading The Benefits of Acute Stress for People in Pain