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
I wanted to share a really important post with you all this morning, from the author of Chronically Undiagnosed. She's a therapist who is dealing with chronic illness. Recently, she wrote about her experience attending a chronic pain support group that incorporated some of the theories of modern pain science... but did so very badly. … Continue reading Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science
Hi everyone! One of my goals for 2017, and continuing on into 2018, was to say "yes" to any opportunities that came my way to grow my blog. So, when my friend Matt Villegas asked to interview me for The Capable Body Podcast, I said yes! In this interview, I tell the story of how my … Continue reading My very first interview: The Capable Body Podcast!
Using metaphors to explain how pain works One of the original reasons I started this blog was to get the word out about the various pain scientists and educators whose work has touched my life (including, but not limited to, Neil Pearson and Lorimer Moseley). From them, I've learned that pain isn't here to make … Continue reading The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJsuZFteWHI Hi everyone! I've just discovered this awesome talk on central sensitization by pain management physician Dr. Jay Joshi. It's totally packed with information I want to share with you all-- such as why it's so hard to get help for central sensitization, and how ketamine infusion treatments can help. There's so much here, though, that I thought … Continue reading The Four Categories of Pain– Dr. Jay Joshi
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 a … Continue reading Things you can ask me about
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 … Continue reading Treating Chronic Pain as a Two-Way Street
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
When I first developed knee issues, I found it extremely painful to walk down the stairs normally. I would limp down in an awkward way, trying to find a way to move that wouldn't hurt my knees so much. Of course these awkward, tense movements ended up placing a great deal of strain on my … Continue reading Tip for knee and hip pain: Go down the stairs backwards