Chronic Pain and Self Compassion

Uncategorized May 26, 2019
 

Let's face it - pain's a bitch. And sometimes, ya just have to bitch about it. So if you can barely move on some days....cut yourself some slack. Those are called flare-ups, and that's life.....some days.

So allow yourself to be human, and don't beat yourself up if you lose it sometimes....but don't take that as an excuse to go off on someone regularly. You're doing your best.

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Why You Need a "Plan B" for Pain Management

Uncategorized May 26, 2019

Face it - no matter how pissed, depressed or defeated you may feel, the reality is that your doctor controls your pain meds - not you. And since that's not something you can change, it's time to figure out a Plan B. Your pain isn't going to go away, but your meds just might. So let's take a look at what's going on, and how you can start doing something about it. What follows is a brief summary of the science of chronic pain, and how you can turn that info into powerful tools to move your life from pain-centered to life-centered.

Why are you in pain? Well….for one thing, it’s the body’s way of getting your attention. When it’s acute pain - pain that comes from touching a hot stove, for instance - the pain is there so that you’ll know to pull your hand away. When you touch that hot stove, your body instantly spits out chemicals designed to put you into action: cortisol levels shoot up, your muscles tense, your breath becomes rapid,...

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Chronic Pain, Anger, Depression and Anxiety

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2019
 

Chronic pain is almost always accompanied by anger, depression and anxiety - or some mixture of them. How amazing it was, then, to grow up in a home where my dad lived with chronic pain for over 40 years, and he never took it out on us!

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What do Music, Medicine and Cheese have in common?

Uncategorized Mar 25, 2019
 

So these Swiss guys decided to play music to cheese while it was aging. Really? I want to meet the one who thought that up!! But the weird thing is that when the cheese was finished aging, they did some blind taste testing.....and guess what? The cheeses tasted different, depending upon what kind of music they "listened" to.

Turns out that the bacteria in the cheeses were actually listening....and clearly they were responding! Now.....if bacteria in cheese can listen, what's to say that the bacteria in your gut - also known as your microbiome - can't listen?

Hey, I know it sounds weird, but every day we're being bombarded with more news about the microbiome and it's effects on the body, the mind and the emotions. So maybe we need to get our groove on with some music that soothes the gut... 

Maybe another piece of the puzzle???

If you're not already a part of my wonderful private Facebook community Plan B For Pain, hop on over there and join us! All you've gotta do is answer a...

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Obstacles

Uncategorized Mar 17, 2019
 

What are the obstacles that are creating stress in your life, and how do you overcome them? We all have obstacles - from a never-ending to-do list, to a recent (or not so recent) diagnosis of a chronic condition. Pain can be an obstacle. So can communication with someone who doesn't understand what you're going through.

For me, my biggest obstacle for decades, has been driving. I live in southern California...land of the freeway.....and these days, combined with the land of the text messages. Not a good combo. In fact, a combination that increases my stress levels every time I drive.

Here are a few practices that will help you overcome your obstacles. 

And if you've got chronic pain, why don't you come join my private Facebook group Plan B For Pain. Because there's always a Plan B.

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Alternative Medicine?

 

While some scientists condemn energy medicine as a hoax, others are doing research which supports the idea that we all exist within a field of energy. In modern science, it's known as the Quantum Field. In ancient China, they called it the Qi Field.

What does that have to do with healing? Everything. Because changing the energy field around and within you promotes healing - mentally, physically, emotionally. Lots of science on this one, but why not see for yourself? First check in with yourself and see how you're feeling on a scale of 1-10. Got it? Now check out this video: Dancing Around The World. Rate yourself afterward....and see if there's any difference in your mood, your pain....whatever!

For more about alternative and complimentary medicine approaches to chronic pain, insomnia, brain fog, anxiety, etc., come visit my website Plan B For Pain. I've got a free guide to 3 proven tools which help with chronic pain.

And come join my private Facebook group Plan B For Pain

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Proper Alignment for Pain Control

alignment pain stress tension Mar 03, 2019
 

 

Pain will naturally cause tension in the body. It's how your body plans on protecting itself. So your body will tighten up, tense up, curl up....and that not only doesn't help, it can also make matters worse.

Here's a simple technique to improve your alignment so that you can help decrease your pain, and the stress that comes with it.

Come join us in my private Facebook group called Plan B for Pain! There's inspiration, laughter and community waiting for you! Remember, there's always a Plan B!

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Vibration - The New Medical Paradigm

Uncategorized Mar 03, 2019
 

Scientists have known for a while that everything vibrates, and that each cell in your body emits a sound. Your heart, blood, nervous system, muscles - everything - is vibrating and emitting sound. Is your "orchestra" playing in tune? Are they even playing the same music?

This is what sound healing is all about. Tuning up your orchestra....and I predict that it will play a major part of the medicine of the future.

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Walkin' Fool

Uncategorized Feb 24, 2019
 

I know there are days when even getting out of bed is impossible, so the idea of walking seems downright crazy. Well, on those days, it is. On those days, maybe the only exercise you can manage is rolling your ankles around....or your wrists. Well then....roll your ankles around and give yourself a gentle pat for doing your exercise.

But don't let that be an excuse to make ankle rolling your main source of exercise. Back in the 1940s and 50s, smoking was the biggest health risks. Today it's sitting. In research involving over 100,000 people, what became crystal clear is that sitting around all day causes tons of health problems - right up to and including premature death. You've already got a health problem, which is bad enough. If you don't get moving, you're going to be headed downhill from there.

If you're one of the lucky ones with access to a pool, then swimming might be your ticket to regular exercise. It has the advantage of being very gentle on your joints. And if you're...

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A Simple Way to Soothe Your Soul

Uncategorized Feb 17, 2019
 

A very basic form of Tonglen meditation, designed to ease you out of feelings of isolation. A reminder that you have a seat at the table of the human family....and all it takes is one sentence!

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