Treatment Approaches

The Scam of “Muscle Energy Testing”

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”

Chronic Pain, Favorites, Fibromyalgia, Pain Science

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’s… Continue reading Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system

Inspiration

Appreciating our anatomy

Hope this picture doesn't gross anyone out-- I thought it was stunning.  I'm all about cultivating a sense of appreciation for how amazingly intricate our bodies are.  I also love creative works that convey this sense of wonder in an artistic way. I found this picture at the Facebook group I fucking love science... I… Continue reading Appreciating our anatomy

Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia

Don’t worry! You can still get help, even if you can’t find a doctor who treats fibromyalgia.

For years I thought I needed to find a doctor to diagnose me with and treat me for fibromyalgia.  I sought out various pain specialists; physiatrists and anesthesiologists, the heads of departments.  Some of them even listed fibromyalgia among their clinical interests, which I thought was sure to be a good sign. Yet every time… Continue reading Don’t worry! You can still get help, even if you can’t find a doctor who treats fibromyalgia.

Chronic Pain

Listen to music in the morning. Let yourself dance.

Find some great music. I love having music on in the background while I'm doing routine things like eating breakfast and getting dressed.  I find the combination of music and a mild caffeine buzz puts me in a good mood, and it's a great way to distract yourself from any pain you might be feeling… Continue reading Listen to music in the morning. Let yourself dance.