Five Unexpected Ways to Overcome Pain

Five Unexpected Ways to Overcome Pain

Did you know that Usain Bolt (the fastest man in the world) has massive scoliosis – a major curvature of the spine? Even though his body is far from symmetrical, he is able to compete at the highest level we’ve ever seen in a sprinter. The shape of his...
How to Make Your Brain Feel Safer?

How to Make Your Brain Feel Safer?

There is a lot of pain around: In a huge study (Breivik et al 2006) across 15 European countries, 19% of people reported living with moderate to severe pain for more than 6 months. That’s 1 in 5 people in persistent pain states, the majority for many years. Holy moly....
Five Unexpected Ways to Overcome Pain

Can we change the way we perceive pain?

Pain is strange in that it is non-linear and quickly becomes amplified over and above what is happening in the tissues.  A leading definition emerging from the latest research is that pain emerges when your brain decides something is unsafe.  At the core of the...
You’re an organic garden, not a broken machine

You’re an organic garden, not a broken machine

When it comes to working with pain, I believe the core of our clinical work is finding creative ways to help people find agency, strength and choice.  In my early work, I used to believe there was a stretch or a manipulation for every health challenge. Over time I...
The Brain Can Make Mistakes When it Comes to Pain

The Brain Can Make Mistakes When it Comes to Pain

When I teach that “pain involves the brain,” people often feel that I’m saying that it’s their fault. That’s really not what I am saying. I like to talk about the mind, the brain, and the body. The mind is our consciousness, our awareness, our sense of self. The brain...