The Truth about Static Stretching

The Truth about Static Stretching

  WHEN DUANE KNUDSON, a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Chico, looks around campus at athletes warming up before practice, he sees one dangerous mistake after another. “They’re stretching, touching their toes. . . . ” He sighs. “It’s...
Coping with Stress

Coping with Stress

It can’t be denied now. Pain is a complex experience and it is more and more evident that stress can add to our pain. Our felt sense of pain is a stressor and there is the external variety dealing with our day-to-day. I rather like this pdf here. Be your own...
How Your Workouts Rewires Your Brain

How Your Workouts Rewires Your Brain

I’d like to add to this article the reason(s) I think mind/body exercises work so well for clients are the inward focus, curiosity, novelty, and play that’s involved in their practice(s). The practice of choice can be tai chi, yoga, Feldenkrais, Hanna...
Lactic Acid – Friend or Foe?

Lactic Acid – Friend or Foe?

Everyone who has even thought about exercising has heard the warnings about lactic acid. It builds up in your muscles. It is what makes your muscles burn. Its buildup is what makes your muscles tire and give out. Coaches and personal trainers tell athletes and...
Imaging Scans Do Not Always Detect A Reason For Pain

Imaging Scans Do Not Always Detect A Reason For Pain

Cheryl Weinstein’s left knee bothered her for years, but when it started clicking and hurting when she straightened it, she told her internist that something was definitely wrong. It was the start of her medical odyssey, a journey that led her to specialists,physical...
Nocebo – The Contagious Thought that Can Kill You

Nocebo – The Contagious Thought that Can Kill You

(Getty Images) To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences. Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern...
Touch as Nutrition

Touch as Nutrition

Touch could properly be regarded as a form of nutrition. We mistakenly think that touch occurs on the periphery of our self, a skin thing. But truthfully each surface stimulus travels far into the most hidden interior landscapes of our self, traversing long nerve...
Can Gratitude Make You Feel Better?

Can Gratitude Make You Feel Better?

Being grateful can help you: – Increase optimism and reduces negativity – Relieve stress. Since stress can make pain worse, anything that relieves stress can also relieve some of the negative health effects that stress causes. – Boost your immune system. Gratitude can...
Living With Pain: Chronic Pain Acceptance

Living With Pain: Chronic Pain Acceptance

You may have heard the term “chronic pain acceptance”.  At first, it may sound a little sad – as though you are being asked to simply give up. But that is not what is meant by the term. It has more to do with moving on from the struggle, the fight, and frustration of...

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