Freed by a Pen

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

Video 17/19: Anxiety and It’s Demons

I talk about how anxiety and stress can lead to certain obsessive tendencies. Some of the tools from the DOCC project are laid out, specifically those that can help break down the circuits that fuel anxious and stressful thoughts and behaviors. For more, see Your Demons are Robots. BF

“The Talent Code” – Forming Neurological Pathways

All pain is “in your head.” Every pain impulse has to be interpreted by your brain as pleasant, neutral or unpleasant. It is a complex process that involves comparing present with past experiences. There are millions of bits of information being processed every second. Although your emotions do affect the … 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

Video 4/19: Listen When Your Surgeon Says “No”

I discuss how the DOCC Project model organizes all of the concepts of one’s pain into an understandable format and identifies certain tools that are variably to help one take back control of their life and overcome chronic pain. BF