Neurophysiological Basis of Pain

To say that the wave of mass shootings over the last few years is disturbing would be grossly understating how most of us feel. One of the most basic of human needs is to feel safe and we largely depend on our society being reasonably civilized. We count on our … Read More

The Pain of Social Isolation

Many people suffering from chronic pain are socially isolated. When you are trapped in pain you have a difficult time reaching out. Others do not necessarily want to interact with angry people. The problem becomes greatly magnified in that it has been shown that social rejection shares the same neurological … Read More

Fighting a Forest Fire – Your Pain

The negative impact of chronic pain on quality of life is more severe than heart failure, renal failure, or major depression and comparable to terminal cancer (2,3). Failing to adequately manage chronic pain has additional major consequences, which include: (1) Cardiovascular High blood pressure Heart attack Physiologic Loss of appetite … Read More

Solving the Unsolvable

Chronic pain is a complex situation with multiple factors affecting your perception of it. Regardless of the source of the pain, your brain is being rapidly bombarded with unpleasant sensations that become magnified and memorized with time. Being trapped by mental or physical pain creates sustained elevated levels of your … Read More

Anxiety, Anger, and Adrenaline

All living creatures survive and flourish by avoiding threats and gravitating towards rewards. Humans have language and consciousness, which creates some problems with this avoidance response. Thoughts create that same chemical reaction as a physical threat and we can’t escape our thoughts. Emotional pain is processed in a similar manner … Read More

Stress, Illness, and Photovoltaic Cells

Photovoltaic cells The photovoltaic cell is a solar technology that converts sunlight directly into electrical current.     Your nervous system “on the prowl” Your nervous system is designed to process all external stimuli and direct the musculoskeletal and various organ systems to respond in specific ways to maximize your … Read More

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