Do you believe in qi?"When I practice qi gong or t’ai qi, I do not trouble myself with whether or not the qi is “real.” Qi gong is an art. I practice it in a beautiful way. Like Japanese cuisine, it works best when it looks good. To do a thing in a beautiful way, … Continue reading Do you believe in qi?
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 put … Continue reading The Scam of “Muscle Energy Testing”
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’s … Continue reading Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system
As anyone who’s ever wondered if they have fibromyalgia probably knows, the different specialities within Western medicine are not necessarily on the same page in terms of the way they diagnose and treat pain. Rheumatology has traditionally been the specialty people look to for help with fibromyalgia, yet there are rheumatologists out there who don’t even … Continue reading History of Fibromyalgia as a Diagnosis
Fellow pain sufferers, as well as anyone who likes to learn about the body, I can't stress enough how learning about anatomy and physiology has helped me. First of all, it makes such a big difference when you can begin to understand medical terminology. Once you start studying anatomy, you'll see that medical terminology, with … Continue reading Why you should learn a little anatomy
I can't believe I haven't seen this video until now. It was incredibly validating, and I absolutely loved it. http://www.ted.com/talks/elliot_krane_the_mystery_of_chronic_pain.html It is given by Elliot Krane, who is a pediatrician and anesthesiologist at Stanford University. He discusses a lot of the changes that take place in the nervous system of a person with chronic pain … Continue reading Amazing TED Talk: The Mystery of Pain as a Disease