Here is an amazing talk, given by social psychologist Amy Cuddy, on how the way we feel about ourselves can affect our physical experience of our bodies. I first stumbled upon it a few years ago, and every time I watch it, I find it’s still relevant to my own life. Dr. Cuddy’s … More Amy Cuddy on Personal Power, Posture, & Body Language
One of the things I really admire about Neil Pearson’s approach to chronic pain treatment is his optimism about our ability to re-train our nervous systems, once they’ve become sensitized to pain. Chronic pain is obviously not a cheerful topic. Those of us who’ve struggled with it know what it’s like to come home from … More Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence
And one foot pointing toward my dreams… I haven’t been able to write as much as I’d like recently, because I’ve been busy focusing on my real-world exploits: specifically, earning money for grad school. It’s hard to find the right balance. Follow your dreams and the money will come, they say. But when your dreams … More One foot in the real world…
I know I may have mentioned this once or twice before on my blog (or in like every post), but in case you missed it: Neil Pearson‘s work changed my life. It all started when I met a physical therapist who had studied with Neil. This physical therapist opened my eyes to a relatively new … More Neil Pearson on Building Hope and Recovery
Central sensitization: the back story to just about every story I tell on this blog. I’ve written the phrase a million times, but always in passing, always with a link to an article somewhere else. I think it’s high time the topic gets its own post. Practice Makes Perfect We’ve all heard the phrase “practice … More What is central sensitization?
For some reason, my post on my issues with the sacroiliac joint has been getting a ton of views recently. I’m not sure what happened– whether Google decided to rank my blog more prominently in its search results, or if more people are aware of the sacroiliac joint in general, and looking to find answers. … More An update on my sacroiliac joint saga
One of the things that’s helped me as a chronic pain sufferer is to learn all I can about the nervous system, as well as the research that is being done to someday develop more chronic pain treatments. It’s not so much that I needed to understand every word, so much as the fact that … More Nervous System Basics, Part 2: Excitatory vs Inhibitory
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. … More Nervous System Basics
The nervous system has a system of checks and balances that ultimately determine how strong a pain signal is experienced by the individual. Different parts of the spinal cord and brain can play a role in either magnifying or weakening the pain signals traveling through them. How a pain signal is amplified or dampened depends … More Treating Chronic Pain as a Two-Way Street
This is a really well-written post on an important subject from The Sports Physio. It is by a physiotherapist, intended for other physiotherapists, but it was also really meaningful to me as a patient. (For my readers in the US, physiotherapist means the same thing as physical therapist). The author, Adam Meakins, talks about how … More Everything in moderation, even the best things
It’s been a few years now since I first began to understand my pain problem– three, to be specific. Since then, I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in terms of how I view pain and my nervous system, and how much trust I have in my body. Finally, I was able to … More What’s going on with me right now
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 point … More Maybe everything is amazing
This is the eighth post in an ongoing series. If you would like to start from the beginning, click here. The last post in this series was the hardest to write, and that’s why, of course, it took me so long. I was just starting to get a handle on things by my sixth visit. … More How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 8
I stumbled upon this TED talk a few days ago, and it was just what I needed. I can already tell it’s the kind of thing I’m going to be telling my friends about and re-watching for months to come, so of course I had to share it with you all. The talk is given … More Kelly McGonigal on Stress and Chasing Meaning
Ruby seemed to have a lot of energy this morning, so I decided to take her for a walk at our favorite spot. We walked for about half an hour– me all bundled up, and Ruby wearing her nice new $45 coat (oy!). The path was a bit slippery following yesterday’s snow storm. There was … More Do we feel more pain when we’re alone?