My Call to Action

Jean was a middle-aged rancher who I saw for a second opinion from a neighboring state. She filled out an extensive spine pain questionnaire, which included many psychosocial questions in addition to a history and diagram of the pain. She was healthy and normally an extremely physically active rancher. Her low back … Read More

Motivated by “The Talent Code”

Dear Dr Hanscom, Having read (devoured actually) The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, I can now share with others the benefits I received through reading this book. The author demystified that very mysterious quality of world-class excellence. He teaches that through deep practice, anyone can train themselves (and hence their … Read More

Normal Arms Amputated

It is extremely critical for you to understand how powerfully your neurological system can embed pathways into the nervous system.  In a sense, your nervous system can learn specific pathways. The nervous system does this in the same way one learns anything—by repetition. Repetition is how chronic pain develops. With … Read More

The Myth of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is one of the worst concepts ever propagated. The notion implies that if I had enough of “X,” then I would have less anxiety, less frustration, and more happiness. “X” can be a material thing, an experience, a relationship–almost anything. Self-esteem must die Self-esteem is a subtle attempt at … Read More

Anger

Anger is as important as anxiety when it comes to chronic pain management. Some people are able to come to grips with anger and process it in a healthy way. For others, a lack of control over anger erodes their quality of life.  Forget about physical pain for a moment. … Read More

Anxiety

The ability to deal with anxiety in a healthy way is critical to maintaining your quality of life. It is even more important for someone who experiences chronic pain. When you’re experiencing anxiety, your body chemistry changes. Chemicals are secreted that create an arousal state. Your senses are heightened. As … Read More

Sleep

Incorporating sleep into my treatment of pain was my first step in starting the DOC Project. I felt I had a whole new weapon that was very effective and simple. I realized that once I was successful in getting my patients to sleep, there was always some improvement in their … Read More

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

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