Your Hand Stuck Over the Stove

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Picture taken from Ernesto Sanchez’s guest post, “The Journey of 1000 Moons” “I’m Fine” Here’s a puzzling situation I often encounter: A patient experiencing severe chronic pain on my spine intake questionnaire rates him or herself as a zero on a 10-point scale with regards to anxiety, depression, and anger. … Read More

Anger and Workers’ Comp

A Failed System Our medical and political system has failed. Employers have abused workers as long as there have been employers and workers. The intent of worker’s comp’s no-fault system was to both provide excellent medical care as well as improve worker safety. Although workplace safety has dramatically improved since … Read More

Freed by a Pen

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I was running an hour late in clinic and was trying to get through my last patient before my already abbreviated lunch. A young Spanish-speaking woman from Puerto Rico was lying on the table moaning. Her husband, who was sitting motionless across the room, could speak limited English, and there … Read More

Taking Back Your Spirit-Caroline Myss

Caroline Myss-Taking Back Your Spirit Anger and chronic pain are linked pathways. It is not possible to release yourself from your pain and move foward with your life until you can experience true forgiveness for the people who have wronged you the most. This remarkable video was passed on to … Read More

Anger-The Absolute Block

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You Will Get Better It has become clear that if a given patient engages in the principles outlined in this book, he or she has a high chance of experiencing a dramatic decrease in pain and improved quality of life at some point in time. The richness of this new … Read More

Everyone Needs Support

Mental Health Every injured worker should have access to some level of mental health support. I work with a veteran pain psychologist who is wonderful. 90% of her practice is caring for my patients. If she feels it is necessary, she will refer a patient to one of several psychiatrists … Read More

Maslow’s Miss

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Abraham Maslow Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was a brilliant professor of psychology. He founded a branch of psychology known as “Humanistic Psychology,” which focuses more on psychological virtues or excellences rather than on psychological disorders. Maslow is best known for his conceptualization of “man’s hierarchy of needs.” This hierarchy is usually … Read More

The Power of Commitment

The key to reprogramming your nervous system and stimulating neuroplastic changes is repetition. There has been much research done on why it is so difficult to change behavior. We all know how difficult it is to keep New Year’s resolutions. Why is that? We are often quite serious about it … Read More

Communicate with Injured Workers

This letter is in response to a process that was outlined by one of the roundtable participants.  She has every party involved in mangaging a given claim.  They meet every 45 days and outline a clear plan.  It is a remarkably forward-thinking concept and very effective. Hi _____, I think … Read More

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