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Respect All Of Science

Respect All Of Science

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Few things in life deserve more respect and appreciation than science. Science has made our lives so much easier, warmer, drier and safer that it is hard to fathom.
The Injury Myth

Injury Myths

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Healthy, strong tissues are highly resilient to damage; if they weren't, there would be no such thing as contact sports. So true injuries are, without exception, memorable physical events. If you experience a 'sudden pain' in your spine picking up a box of tissues, it is worth questioning how healthy your spine is; and whether it really qualifies as a true injury at all.
The Biology Of Trauma

The Biology Of Trauma

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The set of physical and mental conditions we refer to as trauma are caused by a failure to process our natural responses to stress. Adverse life events cause traumatisation via the mechanisms of our ancient biology. 
Pain Centralisation

Psychosomatic Pain

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Psychosomatic pain is real pain. Psychosomatic pain is not 'all in your head'. Psychosomatic pain is far more common than most of us realise. Psychosomatic pain is also very treatable when its underlying causes are identified and treated.
Interpret Symptoms Like A Pain Expert - diagnosis definition

Interpret Your Symptoms Like A Pain Expert

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For most of human healthcare, we assumed that our symptoms were the problem.  We have moved past that now to a large extent. For example: we know that the virus is the problem, not the green snot. Mucus is just a byproduct of healthy immune function. Prior to the microscope, we naturally assumed the redness and swelling of an infection was ‘the problem’. But since microscopes, we know our swelling is the body’s vital inflammatory response and the actual problem was an invasion of hostile microbes. Through this deepening of scientific understanding, we’ve moved past ‘symptom blaming’. Somewhat. Because we still very much do it with pain.
All Pain Lives Deep In The Brain

Is My Pain All In My Head?

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It can be a little hard to swallow, but one of the most surprising truths about the biology of pain is that pain itself doesn't happen in the body. Pain very much feels like it’s in the body, we can all agree on that, but it doesn’t mean that it is. Sensory perception and scientific truth often don’t line up too neatly. 
The Possibility Of Freedom

The Possibility Of Freedom

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On 10 June 1963, U.S. press based in Saigon were informed that 'something important' would happen the following morning on the road outside the Cambodian embassy in Saigon. They were unsettled times, so that in itself was certainly nothing unusual. But what followed created an emotional shock wave that was felt on a global scale.
The Logic Of Forgiving Your Pain

The Logic Of Forgiving Your Pain

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Pain is not a disorder or a disease. And our relationship with pain is virtually as ancient as life itself because pain is a major part of what keeps us safe and alive.  There's no question that the underlying physical conditions which lead to chronic pain cause untold suffering. That should never ever be diminished or disregarded. But the pain itself is just the body's way of signalling a real or perceived threat to tissue integrity.
observe your pain thresholds

Understanding Pain Thresholds

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A person's pain threshold is essentially the amount of pain they are able to tolerate. And there are some surprising variables that determine our personal pain thresholds. There is a very good reason why understanding pain tolerance and pain thresholds is important for many pain sufferers, and that is the surprising fact that our ability to tolerate pain is closely linked to the likelihood we will suffer with chronic pain during our lifetime.
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3 Reasons Pain Is So Hard To Treat

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3 Reasons Pain Is So Hard To Treat Even…