Things you can ask me about

Something you might not know is that I spend a lot of time answering emails from readers looking for advice on their own health issues.  I do my best to offer advice and get people pointed in the right direction.  It means a lot to me to feel as though my experience has served aContinue reading “Things you can ask me about”

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 toContinue reading “How Clifford Woolf discovered central sensitization (and why you shouldn’t blame yourself for chronic pain)”

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”

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”

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 yourContinue reading “The core message of pain neurophysiology education”