“Exercise has been shown repeatedly in any chronic pain state to be an effective treatment.”
—Dr. Daniel Clauwhy
“Are you kidding? Walking is how I mange my pain!” He replied, as if I had it all totally backwards. “Exercise helps keep my blood flowing.” He explained, “It really helps me.”
“Jumping for joy is good exercise.”
Cilantro Lettuce Wraps and Cilantro Dipping Sauce
“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness."
What if a lesson on brain science could revolutionize the way you manage pain? This is exactly what David Butler and Lorimer Moseley aim to do in their transformative book titled, “Explain Pain.” The authors use zany drawings, brilliant metaphors, and humor to introduce concepts that may shift your entire paradigm on what pain is and, more importantly, what you can do about it.
My providers kept telling me exercise was a key component to managing my pain and sleeping through the night, but from my perspective, exercising made my pain worse and how would it help my sleep?
There are benefits of stress? Yes.
Sleeping with neck-down central nerve pain is difficult. But I do it—most nights.
“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”
―Laura Ingalls Wilder
Success stories excite me! Why? Because it means that one more person who suffers with pain has learned how to live and thrive in spite of it. This is JoAnne's story.
“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.”
—Leonardo da Vinci
Tired of renting space in your head to past grievances? Fred Luskin, Ph.D. offers a roadmap to implementing forgiveness as part of your journey to a more peaceful life.
“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
…Where seldom is heard a discouraging word.
Sauté onions, celery, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil until brown. Add spices. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Add cooking wine and tomato sauce, tomatoes and water. Let simmer for 2 hours or overnight in crockpot. Serve over your favorite pasta.
“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
I look forward to the holidays when friends and family gather for food, fun and laughter. I usually end up overdoing it and struggle to control my pain.
Neuroplasticity is the brain and nervous system’s ability to form new pathways or synapses and adapt to change. We know that neuroplastic changes may be responsible for the persistent pain we feel in chronic pain—an example of a non-beneficial neuroplastic adaptation.
“There is only one thing people like that is good for them: a good night’s sleep.”
—Edgar Watson Howe