When stress increases your symptoms & pain makes you stressed

Stress and pain are collective experiences. One of my favorite quotes on pain is from Dr. Adriaan Louw, “Pain isn’t a protocol. Pain is a human lived experience.” As a physical therapist it is common to hear a patient speak on how their pain increases during stressful moments or experiences. Increased pain can lead to […]

Finding freedom from back pain: part 2

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Individuals with chronic low back pain have greater difficulty in engaging in positive lifestyle behaviours than those without back pain. -Andrew M. Briggs   Welcome to part 2 of finding freedom from back pain. In my previous article, I described 7 strategies which included pain education and lifestyle factors. Lifestyle factors are equally as important […]

7 Strategies to find freedom from back pain

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Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain. -Robert Gary Lee   Do Not Fear Back pain is so common yet so debilitating. In fact, it is one of the top reasons for people to seek out physical therapy. Sadly, there has been a 423% increase in expenditures for opioids for back pain. When you are […]

My thoughts on the greatest gift of Christmas

“God’s presence is always the gift you don’t know you need most until you’re in the most need.” Ann Voskamp Matthew 1:18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed[b] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the […]