September 19, 2019

Progressive Muscle Relaxation can be a useful tool to accomplish two goals:

Helping the muscles of the body to release tension, which can directly reduce physical pain

  1. Helping us come back into the experience of sensations in our bodies, which can help the brain to s...

August 1, 2019

We’ve spent much of this series discussing things that are mostly within our control: nutrition, mindset, participation in our healing etc. It turns out that for many of the common chronic pain conditions (like #migraine and chronic low back pain), 50% of your pain may...

July 17, 2019

Our bodies and brains are complex, and each of us is impacted by pain in our own unique way. However, we ALL experience pain at two (actually, more, but let’s say two for purposes of clarity here :-)) distinct levels: sensory and affective. Our sensory perception of pa...

July 14, 2019

When it comes to our experience of pain, as with all things, context matters! If you’ve been following along with previous posts, you know by now that the MEANING we ascribe to the pain we are feeling is often more powerful in determining how we feel than the cause or...

July 14, 2019

Mindfulness meditation is all the rage these days. Proposed as a cure-all for everything from anxiety to pain, it’s rare to find someone who HASN’T heard that it is important to be mindful. The thing is, though, that there is no single fix for chronic pain. Techniques...