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My Pain Memoir Chapter 6
February 13, 2018

Chapter 6

The Thyroid Connection; A Felicitous Feline; Challenging the Pain of De feet.

 

As September of 2016 wore on I was making slow progress, with the help of the online self-management program awareness exercises. In particular, there was a short “letting go” practise I did daily. I’d listen to this recording mid-morning on my iphone, lying on my side in bed, soothed by the touch of cotton sheets and a duvet.

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My Pain Memoir Chapter 5 Part 2
January 3, 2018

Chapter 5 Part 2:

Pearson vs. Sarno; Changing pain with emotion; New partner on the road

 

I stood in my bedroom with my back to the full-length mirror. Tugging my T-shirt out, I eyed the bump in my spine, just below my waist.

For more than 30 years, medical professionals had been telling me that this bulge — combined with a scoliosis and deteriorating discs —

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My Pain Memoir 5
November 21, 2017

Chapter Five: The Sari Quilt; Love and Challenge; A Brain Changer

In September, 2016, everything began to change in my life. Not that I was doing much. Outwardly. I’d stopped paying attention to what was going on in the world.

On September 1st, a South Korean palm oil company was accused of setting vast tracts of tropical forests aflame in Indonesia. On September 2nd, Samsung Electronics issued a recall of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with fire-prone batteries.

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Neil’s Blog ~ 3
October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017     Neil Pearson

A recent paper in the Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, ‘Applying contemporary neuroscience in exercise interventions for chronic spinal pain: treatment protocol’ caught my attention (It’s open access at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5628368/).

It made me wonder two things: is this title accurate? , and is there more than one way to apply contemporary neuroscience to exercise interventions?

When I first began working in interdisciplinary pain management programs in the late ‘80’s,

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Neil’s Blog ~ 2
August 28, 2017

Pain: a story to rewrite with yoga.

Many people have experienced that practicing yoga helps recover moving with more ease and decreases pain. These improvements are typically attributed to physiological changes such as strength, flexibility and posture, or to psychological changes such as decrease anxiety or lightening of depression. Yet, pain and changes in it subsequent to practicing yoga should be considered from many more perspectives.

Clearly pain is not easy to understand.

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My Pain Memoir 4 ~ Barbara Stowe
August 28, 2017

Talking Back to the Joykill Judge; Goals get me out of the Pain Gaol

 

Gentle movement challenge was part of the program Pearson prescribed for persistent pain when I consulted him in Penticton in 2012. After I came back home I knew I had to set some goals that would challenge my resistance to movement.

On a good day I could walk for 10 minutes. I decided to increase that by one minute per week.

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My Pain Memoir 3 ~ Barbara Stowe
June 30, 2017

Memoir 3rd Excerpt – Barbara Stowe

Taming Attention; Overcoming a Phobia; Pain Begins to Recede

 

I arrived home from Penticton in a heightened state. It felt like energy was pouring off my body. Sunlight was dancing rainbows off the prisms in the kitchen window as Joe and I sat down to talk. He was sipping cappucino from the beautiful footed-cup he’d made but I was too wired for caffeine and he could hardly get a word in edgewise as I babbled on and on about Pearson’s techniques.

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Neil’s blog 1
June 2, 2017

Sharing our knowledge

About ten years ago the Wascana Rehab Centre in Regina Saskatchewan was the venue for a Pain Science and Recovery course. Norma Doerksen, attended. Like many who come to these courses Norma was already an experienced clinician. She had chosen to focus on helping people with one of the most horrible and undertreated problems – chronic pain.

During the training we covered the current state of pain research,

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My Pain Memoir 2 ~ Barbara Stowe
May 14, 2017

The Buddha Dream; a Vision; and an Olympic Challenge

 

Shortly before I started the Life is Now online program at the end of August, 2016, I had an extraordinary dream. I dreamt that I was sitting with the Buddha. We sat side by side, cross-legged on the floor. I didn’t dare turn my head to take a closer look. He didn’t turn his head either, but suddenly I heard his voice:

“You know,

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