Pain. It's a complicated thing. Thank goodness, a lot of research goes into figuring out pain. What is it? Where does it come from? Without going too far down THAT rabbit hole, I'm going to focus on one aspect of pain. Due to pain's complexity, it is not completely useful to only focus on getting rid of it. Why? Because pain is so contextual. Let me give you an example. Last week, there was a rainy and all around glum day. Over 75% of the patients that came in the
Wow, this is some heavy stuff. It's a great "chicken or the egg" paradox. Which came first? Did the injury/pain jump start some tough mental thoughts and emotions or were the mental "habits" already there? Although I am not a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist, I am a witness to these mental states in the clinic on a daily basis and so I wanted to talk about them. When we understand our minds and bodies, we shed fear and gain compassion for ourselves, which is param
We hear this all the time, right? Get your head in the game. Mind over matter. Your body listens to your thoughts. "Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right," said Henry Ford. These ideas are very Eastern Medicine-ish, meaning in Western Medicine, practitioners may get a little squeamish about mindfulness, meditation, and cognition as it relates to physical conditions, such as auto-immune diseases. Although I must say, this seems like it's starting to evolve.
Thank you to everyone who came to the virtual lecture tonight! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. The slide show is posted below. Please let me know if you have any questions. #pain #chronicpain #painscience