Understanding pain as an overprotective friend

Let’s say you’re sightseeing at the Grand Canyon.  You are with a trusted friend enjoying a scenic overlook when notice your friend is walking a little bit too close to the edge of the cliff. “Hey, watch out!” you say.  You can see that no one else is standing that close to the edge.  YourContinue reading “Understanding pain as an overprotective friend”

The Scam of “Muscle Energy Testing”

I’ve seen numerous “alternative medicine” providers perform something they call “muscle testing” or “muscle energy testing” many times as part of their sales pitch.  They tell you to put one arm out in front of you, and then push down on your arm.  Your arm sinks immediately. Then they ask you a question, or putContinue reading “The Scam of “Muscle Energy Testing””

Violins and enhanced sensory maps

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 inContinue reading “Violins and enhanced sensory maps”

Don’t miss my interview on Fibro Feist!

For anyone who doesn’t already know about Fibro Feist, it is one of my favorite blogs. I was so flattered when Sarah, its creator, asked if she could interview me.  Of course I said yes.  Check it out! For a little bit more of a peek into my life, here are my Saturday morning readingContinue reading “Don’t miss my interview on Fibro Feist!”

Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system

In my experience, the key to learning to work with your pain instead of against it is to learn to view pain as your body’s alarm system. In the developed world, most of us are privileged enough to have very little experience with pain.  As children, we only feel pain when we’re at the doctor’sContinue reading “Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system”