Women's Pain Deserves Better Care (and not just on Mother's Day)
Why Posture Is Hard (And How It Doesn't Have To Be!)
It makes me sick how many women I meet whose pain hasn’t been taken seriously before, and who have had professionals tell them (over and over) that there’s nothing that can be done.
Chronic pain disproportionately affects women -- 70% of people in chronic pain are women.
And those women are told more often than men that…
You Have Permission to Stop Faking It (So You Can Choose to Make It!)
Posture shouldn’t hurt, and it shouldn’t be hard! And don’t worry, you’re already plenty strong for good posture! In fact, posture is hard because your muscles are doing TOO MUCH work. It’s called muscular co-contraction, and by learning to release it, you can enjoy good posture that effortlessly cuts out pain and tension.
4 Tips to Drive Without Tension
There’s a ton of messaging out there right now about “faking it till you make it.” But here’s the truth about faking it: people see through it.
And it takes a lot of energy to fake things. It’s energy spent fighting yourself about how you actually feel and who you are at any moment in time. Faking it keeps us from dealing with what’s actually in front of us…
Walk Easier in One Minute
Driving can really hurt.
In fact, driving is one of the most common activities people ask me for help with. (You're not alone, in other words.)
Luckily, we can make our driving lives much easier. With four simple tips, we can make a big difference in reducing pain and relieving tension while we're behind the wheel for a happier driver.
How to Relieve Tension by Finding Support
Do you feel right- or left-legged? Most of us when we walk (or go up or down a slope, or stairs, or... you get the picture) tend to favor one leg or the other. With one quick tip, we can shake that up and even out the load on our legs!
2 Tips to Breathe Easier
Muscles don’t have a mind of their own. They only do what your brain tells them to do.
To deal with muscle tension, we have to deal with your brain.
And your brain is telling your muscles to be tight because, for some reason, your brain thinks that if those muscles AREN’T working, something bad is going to happen. Your brain thinks that without your tension, you’re going to fall apart or you’re going to fall over.
To release tension, we have to convince your brain that isn’t true.
Lessons in Living with Pain from the San Diego Pain Summit 2018
Breathing is a whole bodied experience in which we allow air to fill our bodies, filling a vacuum that we create by getting bigger. And there are two main ways we create that space: the movement of our ribs and the movement of our diaphragm. There are some misconceptions about both that can make a big difference in free breath…
Did you know that once a year, San Diego is home to a unique, international gathering of the top researchers in pain science and practitioners like me who are committed to evidence-based practice that treats people authentically and effectively?
It’s awesome, and I’m in the middle of it right now. And here are five quick lessons on recurrent pain from today at the San Diego Pain Summit...