Inspiration, My Story

Grateful to be okay

Well, if there's anything I can say I learned last week week (in addition to chiropractors are dangerous), it's this: How very, very grateful I am not to have a permanent nerve injury. I guess that's sort of the obvious thing for anyone to say in this situation.  But what really surprised me was that… Continue reading Grateful to be okay

Central Sensitization, Nervous System, Pain Science, Quotes, Scientific Articles

Let’s give this a whirl: explaining a scientific article in plain English

Tonight, I'm going to try out a type of post I've been wanting to write for a while: taking a scientific journal article on central sensitization, and translating it into plain English for my readers. I got the idea from Paul Ingraham of PainScience.com.  He has a fantastic "jargon-to-English" article on central sensitization on his… Continue reading Let’s give this a whirl: explaining a scientific article in plain English

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

The best TED talk ever: Elliot Krane on the Mystery of Chronic pain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6--CMhcCfQ Tonight I'm throwing it back to this amazing 2011 lecture on chronic pain given by Dr. Elliot Krane of Stanford University. I found his talk around the time I was first starting this blog, back in 2012, and it really inspired me to try to tell my own story with complex pain problems. Dr. Krane… Continue reading The best TED talk ever: Elliot Krane on the Mystery of Chronic pain

My Story

The road to physical therapy school

It occurred to me recently that I really haven't talked much about my progress towards becoming a physical therapist on this blog. So, if you're curious, here's my deal: I have a Bachelor's degree in the humanities.  My concentration was social theory, with an emphasis on gender studies. My goals, when I was in college, were focused… Continue reading The road to physical therapy school

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Nervous System, Pain Neurophysiology Education, Pain Science

Nervous System Basics

As I've said time and time again, I really feel that people living with chronic pain/fibromyalgia can benefit immensely from learning about how the body works. Even the feeling that you are just beginning to understand the complex processes making up your experience of pain can help give you a sense of control over things.… Continue reading Nervous System Basics