I’ve been working on creating a short instructional program on self-help for you if you have fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue.  Tapping into yourself can be very hard, mysterious, and downright intensifying of symptoms. Some mindfulness approaches are too difficult to do when there’s so much pain and de-regulation.  Also, learning can be overloading because your mind is foggy. Here are 3 quick ways to begin on a path to strengthen calming and pain reduction.
And if you are interested in more ways to help yourself, there’s something coming on this soon.

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PTSD symptoms from an accident or from an overwhelming situation involving fear can continue to surface long after the event(s).  Getting the fear to stop surfacing is a primary goal in healing.  Research is showing that there is a period of time from 10 minutes to 6 hours after a memory resurfaces within a safe setting that is really helpful for settling down and reducing or eliminating the intensity of a persistent fear response.  This is called a reconsolidation window.

The body’s muscular response to a situation like a car accident in which bracing and protective actions occur, should be addressed as part of altering memory for the better in healing PTSD.  The brain stores different kinds of memories in different parts of the brain.  Muscle patterning is best addressed when the muscle pattern linked to a fear memory is carefully brought up in a safe therapy session for reprocessing.

Some of the best therapists for addressing movement patterns linked to fear may be a rare group of Physical Therapists who are also trained in these methods. Having trauma healing training in a body of work called Somatic Experiencing plus a Physical Therapist’s knowledge  of the body can greatly help clients . This combination of training can give powerful, natural healing, long-lasting results with muscle responses to fear, and stress.

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Physical Therapist and client in partnership

February 15, 2016

Sometimes it’s expected that the PT will know what’s wrong and the PT will direct the process to get you out of pain or guide your healing. But, it’s also really important for the person seeking help to be an active part of the process.  This may mean you have to spell out for the […]

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LOW BACK PAIN DESPITE SURGERY

February 9, 2016

It is great if you’ve had back surgery that resolves your back pain and you can do what ever you want comfortably.  But, often after one or even multiple back surgeries, back muscle fatigue is chronic, and the ability to move however you want is compromised. One of the frequent issues I see in clients […]

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Tackling the Evidence Elephant in Chronic Pain Research

October 29, 2015

Good morning.  Coffee is in hand, and I’m wanting to quickly make a few comments about the complex topic of addressing treatment evidence in treating chronic pain.  First of all I want to point out that the very nature of this topic starts my mind glazing over even with the presence of delicious coffee in hand. I’m […]

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Comments on Theoretical Considerations for Chronic Pain Rehabilitation in APTA Journal

October 3, 2015

The APTA Journal’s September 2015 issue had a great article on Theoretical Considerations for Chronic Pain Rehabilitation by authors Martin Lotze, and G. Lorimer Moseley. How very timely for the above article to come across my desk. I will briefly summarize the points in it for you. There is a new paradigm developing in the […]

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Pairing calm emotion with face muscle movements

August 19, 2015

I don’t know if this will help you but it may be worth a try at times. The research is that you have emotions that will affect your body’s muscles and the muscles can effect the emotions. It’s a 2 way street. Sometimes you can’t stop being stuck in what’s negative. There isn’t a simple […]

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Concussion and Eye function Recovery

March 3, 2015

I recently had a concussion. Of course I want to get better as fast as possible. I am using the skills I know to help others, to help myself. My route to rapid recovery may help you to understand ways to either help yourself or someone else. One problem area for me was difficulty focusing […]

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Central Nervous System Regulation and Bad News

February 3, 2015

If you are someone who receives very bad news about someone you are very close to like a family member, you may experience feelings of distress or even panic. If you are someone who already has a challenged ability to cope under duress, it can become very difficult to get yourself settled down so you […]

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Melting Ice Excitement

January 28, 2015

It was a gorgeous morning and I went to the lake for maybe a final skate of the winter. I really do love to skate. You may notice on these adventure clips that I’m not moving very fast. That’s my instincts keeping me safe. Even so, you’ll see, I can get a little Central Nervous […]

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