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How Your Body Actually Works: Explained Like You’re 35

Your body is comprised of a series sensory feedback loops that help you interact, engage and react to the world around you; you are aware of some of them, but there is a lot going on under the surface that you likely don’t appreciate.  Your brain is constantly barraged by information from your eyes, ears, skin, muscles, joints, ligaments and organs, and it subconsciously decides which information you should really be paying attention to.  Your subconscious usually makes good decisions, but it is very influenced by emotional factors like stress and anxiety.  Your body is always creating new data for your brain, but your mood and personality will strongly impact what you do or don’t attend to mentally.  Pain is a good example of this phenomenon, but it takes a bit more groundwork to explain why this doesn’t just mean that pain is “all in your head.”

Your ability to experience pain is an important evolutionary trait that helps your brain determine what is or isn’t safe for your body.  You can sense when something is too hot and may risk damaging your skin, when something is too sharp that it may cut you or if an object is putting too much pressure on you that it could injure tissues.  You live in a busy environment that requires you to sense, react and move in response to the forces around you and within you.  Your body will create a homeostatic resting state that becomes what you experience as your ‘normal,’ and you need to be able to sense when things fall outside of that normal so you can take action to help keep yourself healthy.  Pain is one of the signals that something is not normal, just like fever, altered heart rate, pins and needles, blurry vision, or a change in your balance.  Read More

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Understanding Chronic Pain: A Key to Feeling Better

This brief YouTube video captures what physical and cognitive therapists wish all of their clients understood.  To say that the experience of pain is in your brain is not the same as saying it’s all in your head.  The sensitization of your nervous system is a real thing and a significant component of persistent, chronic pain.  Watch the video for an illustrated explanation.

For a Canadian resource have a look at these videos below.  They are a longer and more in depth presentation of the topic:
Overcome Pain and Live Well Again Part 1
Overcome Pain and Live Well Again Part 2
Overcome Pain and Live Well Again Part 3

The best book on this topic is Explain Pain by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley

Check it out here:

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