Below is a great talk on the topic of mindfulness, or the ability to step back from your emotions and look at your thoughts and feelings in a more objective way. The way we perceive the world is hugely affected by our past experiences and future expectations as is our perception of pain and sensation in our bodies. Developing the skill of mindfulness is commonly the path out of chronic pain for many people.
Watch this 10 minute video below for an introduction to the concept.
See below the video for a link to a great book on the topic that dives deeper into the idea and the science behind it.
Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation
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Please feel free to leave questions or comments in the space below and I’d be happy to try my best to answer them.
I am a physical therapist by training, but have become a psychologist by experience. Working with people from 9 to 90 years old and from the peak of athletic performance to the lows of neural rehab, I have come to see pain, emotion, attitude and perception in a new light. I have seen 250 pound rugby players squirm at the thought of a needle and polite 70 year old English ladies drop F-bombs while I loosen their hip. I have seen confident CEOs get lost in pain and happy go lucky blue collar workers shift into deep depressions after car accidents and battles with insurance companies. Chronic pain can have many sources and only some of them are physical; unfortunately it is usually only the physical issues that get addressed and the people that could use some help cognitively are the least likely ones to pursue that type of care.
This website is geared toward helping you with the physical side of pain, posture, prevention and performance, but to get the most out of it you will need to be mentally open to change in your body. I have created a page on the right side bar called Books to Read that recommends books that I have found particularly helpful. Here they are again for you:
The following are books that I have read and found very useful in my life. To understand your body and your pain you first need to understand yourself and make sense of your life; this is a missing element in many people that suffer from chronic pain. Most people are open to seeking physical therapy for their pain issues, but much more reluctant to seek any cognitive therapy. I recommend the following books to help you:
- Understand why you think the way you think
- The basics of how your brain works
- The roots of your relationship with your family
- The role of work in your life
- The role of money in your life
- What motivates you
- How pain can affect you
- How to get the most out of life without sacrificing a piece of yourself
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
- A fascinating book written for the lay person about how your brain works as it relates to your personality, your relationships and your pain. Highly recommend it. Click on the picture to learn more about it.
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