How to Talk About Pain: Central Hypersensitivity

It’s amazing how sometimes a piece of writing that’s only a few paragraphs long can help to clarify something you’ve been thinking about for a while. I found a great article on Body in Mind last night that I felt did a great job summarizing the concepts I’m trying to get at on this blog.Continue reading “How to Talk About Pain: Central Hypersensitivity”

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”

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”

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”