Category Archives for "mind/body interaction"

The Tintin guide to Diffusing Chronic Pain

Tintin was one of my favourite cartoon characters when I was a kid. The boy reporter who jetted around the world, solving fantastic mysteries, outwitting the bad guys and winning in the end – every time. There’s one story where Tintin ends up adrift at sea in a little boat with Captain Haddock – his best friend and […]

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You’re More Powerful than you Think

With all the doom and gloom in the world today, it’s sometimes hard to keep a positive outlook. That’s why today I’d like to dedicate this email to the brave people living with pain who every day get up and go about their daily lives with will and determination. People who’re fighting to overcome a […]

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What to do when there’s ‘Nothing Wrong with you’

I hope you’re never in the situation of some of my patients. They come in with some type of severe, unrelenting pain. Depending on where the pain is, they get prescribed all sorts of tests – whether it’s an MRI for a prolapsed disc, or tests for heart problems, or sciatica. And in the end, the answer they […]

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Suffering and Gratitude

Over the years I’ve seen people in tremendous pain and suffering. What struck me most though, was how some of them managed to keep a part of themselves free from suffering, almost as if they were above it all, and were able to still feel a joy in life. One memory comes to mind – […]

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Nurse Kayla

My dog’s name is Kayla, but she’s earned the name Nurse Kayla and I’ll tell you why. For quite some time now I’ve been bringing her to my surgery every day. She usually lies under the reception desk so you can see her two hairy feet poking out from under the bottom of the desk. Whenever patients […]

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The Mystery of the 11 o’clock Pain

I once treated a guy who used to have a severe back pain arrive at 11 o’clock every Monday morning. ‘And here’s the amazing thing’ he told me in our first consultation. ‘It was a long weekend last weekend, and the pain arrived at 11 o’clock on Tuesday.’ Hmmm. I thought. ‘I’ve never heard of a physical condition that was […]

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Your Personality – is it to Blame?

I’ll tell you the typical patient that comes into my surgery. She’s 30-60 years old, intelligent, high achieving and has often spent a lifetime helping and serving others. You see, there are certain types of people that are more likely to get chronic muscle pain. They are usually high achievers – slightly driven. Perfectionism is a common trait. […]

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Woman Loses Use of Right Hand

Is it dangerous to move when you’re in pain? Not always. I saw an extreme case of this a few years ago. What happened was this lady had burnt her palm with a cigarette – not major. For reasons unknown, this set off a pain syndrome called CRPS. The pain of the burn was amplified, and because it was so […]

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The Day I Prescribed a Puppy Dog

It was a few years ago – a busy Thursday in the middle of summer. All three of my consulting rooms were full, either with people lying with hot packs, or acupuncture needles. But there was a young man in my waiting room who’d come to see me because he had depression. So we went outside. My old […]

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The Mind Body Connection – Pain Management 7

This is the final piece in this talk – the mind body connection. I believe the effect of a positive mental attitude when you’re managing pain is crucial. In the final analysis, you are the one who decided where to put your attention – onto the pain, or in another direction. The Mind Body Connection

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