Masking

Masking your reaction to stress is a way of dealing with repetitive racing thoughts. Masking is behavior that’s used to cover up uncomfortable emotions. Driven by anxiety, you do something to get you mind off of a negative situation. It can be effective if used correctly, but it’s usually not. … Read More

DOC – A Framework of Care

Chronic pain is a complex problem consisting of many variables that affect your perception of it. Additionally, we now know that unpleasant mental input is processed in a similar manner as physical pain. Applying simple solutions to such a multi-layered problem can’t be and isn’t effective. The DOC (Direct your … Read More

2 – Sensitization to Pain

See me talk about this in a video:  Your Brain Becomes Sensitized. I frequently encounter patients who feel that there must be an anatomical problem that is progressing as their pain is getting worse.  There has been no further injury.  Nonetheless, these patients become even more focused on finding the problem … Read More

Four Steps in the Evolution of Chronic Pain

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There are four primary steps in the evolution of chronic pain: (1) There is a potential source for pain, which may or may not be readily identifiable Structural–identifiable lesion with MATCHING symptoms Non-structural–inflammation or irritation of the soft tissues, which cannot be seen on a test Neurophysiological Disorder (NPD)–the nervous system … Read More

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