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Hidden Pain Zones and Chronic Pain Treatment

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I once watched this great social experiment done by the magician Derren Brown. He took some British celebrities and put them in a room with a collection of toys, bouncy balls and funny wigs. On the wall was an electronic scoreboard. He told them: “The door out of here is locked. But if you can […]

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The Art of Rewiring Your Body for Comfort

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Almost all the people I see in my chronic pain clinic have one problem that’s overshadowing all the others: over time, their bodies have become wired for pain. What is the wiring in your body? If you think about your house, running through the walls are the electrical wires. You flick switches and lights turn […]

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Is it Too Late to Get Out of Pain?

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Getting out of chronic pain may be the hardest thing you face in your life. The stakes are high – very high. On the one side is living with pain, where everything feels like it’s closing in around you, clipping the edges of your life. The stakes are high – very high. On the one […]

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The True Meaning of Life After Pain

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Some years ago, when I was living with chronic pain, I can’t say I was the happiest camper to be around. Sure – I’d try and put on a happy face for friends and family – but that’s exactly what it was….trying. It’s hard to be genuinely relaxed and cheerful when you’re wondering when your back […]

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The Paradox at the Heart of Getting Pain Free

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I heard a great metaphor the other day from a recovering perfectionist. It’s like this: imagine you’re driving a car, and there’s zero air in the tires. You’re basically driving along on the wheel rims. There’s a few problems with this. Firstly, you’re going to wreck the wheels. You’re not going to be able to […]

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Developing the Life Changing Ability to Turn Down Pain

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Introduction This case study is a compilation of notes taken from an interview I had with Simon, an orthodontist living in Australia. Simon had had five years of moderate to severe pain secondary to Multiple Sclerosis and back surgery. In this interview, he outlines the steps he took and the daily practice he developed to […]

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The Three Types Of Pain (and how to deal with them)

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Part One: Hotline Pain This is part one of a series of articles where I’m going through each type of pain in detail and how your body responds. I want to talk about the three different types of pain within your body. Your system reacts differently to each pain type when you experience chronic pain. […]

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