Archive for October, 2016

Calm Your Pain-Brain

- October, 2016

Teaching regular classes to help folks understand their pain is incredibly rewarding for me. Just last week a woman came up to me after the class and shared something valuable she had learned. She had broken her ankle a while back and ended up with the diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. This may be one of the worst types of pain a person might experience.

After the class, she told me, I have been “hating my foot”. She realized this was not helping her healing and probably adding to the stress/pain cycle. I consider these kinds of “ah ha” moments to be liberating for anyone in pain.aha When someone resents a part of their body because it is painful, the emotional charge creates a release of chemicals in the brain which can influence and exacerbate persistent pain.

I celebrate that this information is no longer the “airy-fairy” stuff of holistic medicine. Rather, research has discovered the complexities and physiological contributions that our stress, in all its forms, can become inter-mixed with ones physical pain. I tell my patients that this does not mean that “your pain is all in your head.” Instead, we (more…)

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It’s time to CALM YOUR PAIN

- October, 2016

My Calm Your Pain program begins this week and I am excited to see how it unfolds. My FREE Need to Know INTRO classes have been full with people learning that the pain experience involves more than a bio-mechanical diagnosis such as arthritis, bulging discs, meniscus tears, etc. (Details are on the website under the top tab: Our Services, then the right hand tab for Persistent/Chronic Pain).

This program is the accumulation of many years of studying pain and how to calm the brain and nervous system that is part of the pain experience. In my own life, I have had difficulty adhering to a regular calming practice – whether it’s meditation or any number of resources I’ve learned to keep my own system regulated. So I know what it’s like to know what is “good for me” and still not be able to do it.

The patients that I’ve worked with that regularly practice calming strategies such as meditation or Feldenkrais, (or any number of practices) experience great success in decreasing or eliminating their pain. Then there’s (more…)

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