Category: Pain

Spinal Stability

The intricacies of spinal stability can get complicated but the big picture is pretty simple. It can be summed up in a few sentences: a stable spine is required for strength and proper function of our limbs or whole body for that matter. The… Continue Reading “Spinal Stability”

The Diaphragm – More Than Just a Muscle

“There is arguably no other muscle in the human body that is so central literally and figuratively to our physical, biochemical and emotional health as the diaphragm. From its obvious role in respiration to its less obvious roles in postural stability, spinal decompression, fluid… Continue Reading “The Diaphragm – More Than Just a Muscle”

Pain Neuroscience Part 5: How to Decrease Pain by Decreasing the Perception of Threat

There is one thing I have left out up to this point and it happens to be the single most important factor when it comes to my experience of pain; perceived threat. At the time of the accident, my entire being was under a… Continue Reading “Pain Neuroscience Part 5: How to Decrease Pain by Decreasing the Perception of Threat”

Pain Neuroscience Part 4: A More In-depth Explanation of Pain Using My Experience

It was June 12, 2011. I was out on an evening walk when a very fast car decided to join my friend and I on the sidewalk. I will spare both you and myself the details of the accident and instead, focus on my… Continue Reading “Pain Neuroscience Part 4: A More In-depth Explanation of Pain Using My Experience”

Pain Neuroscience Part 3: It’s Not That Simple

Injury doesn’t always result in pain. Simply put, the nervous system is an alarm system. But it’s not entirely that clear cut. Let’s say you were crossing the street and sprained your ankle. Ordinarily this would hurt but let’s also say a large bus… Continue Reading “Pain Neuroscience Part 3: It’s Not That Simple”

Pain Neuroscience Part 2: Is Your Nervous System Hypersensitive?

A little bit about nerves… There are 400 individual nerves (about 45 miles worth) in the human body that act as an alarm system. At all times there is a little bit of electricity traveling through each of them. Various factors including stress, movement and temperature can… Continue Reading “Pain Neuroscience Part 2: Is Your Nervous System Hypersensitive?”

Pain Neuroscience Part 1: Is Your Brain Contributing to Your Pain?

Pain neuroscience education can be a sensitive topic. The big underlying message of it all is that our brains determine whether or not we feel pain. This statement pretty much takes everything we thought we knew and throws it out the window. For years I have… Continue Reading “Pain Neuroscience Part 1: Is Your Brain Contributing to Your Pain?”

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