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On The Bleeding Edge of Science

  Twenty years ago, a friend of mine stopped being able to walk. It happened intermittently. She’d be fine for a few weeks or months, then collapse. She had intense pelvic pain that doctors couldn’t find a reason for. Some thought she was faking it and sent her to the psych ward, or gave her a catheter without anesthetic “to […]

The Problems That Can’t Be Solved

Posted by on December 03, 2013 in Back pain, Brain, Mental Health, Nervous system, Pain, Post-traumatic stress, Stress | Comments Off on The Problems That Can’t Be Solved

My brother-in-law, Leif Weaver, passed away on November 14, after an eighteen-month battle with aggressive mantle-cell lymphoma. I loved him a whole lot. His memorial was filled with friends and family who were just as broken-hearted, many of whom had flown cross-country on a few hours’ notice to say goodbye. We spent the evening swapping hilarious Leif stories, hugging one […]

The Body Remembers

I am so thankful for the treatment that I received!!! I walked in the office a horrific mess, and Stephanie showed her concern and learned what the issue was that I was having and in four short weeks, my body responded to the gentle, yet firm work that she was putting into it.  My recovery was felt within the first […]

Why Are Rehab Centers So Ugly? (Part II)

Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Back pain, Hernia, Purgatory, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Are Rehab Centers So Ugly? (Part II)

I’ve been a professional fine artist for half my life. The aesthetics of my surroundings are as important to me as the quality of the air I breathe. A vast empty wall in my living space makes me feel as though I am in prison. I can make a case for the notion that kitsch is morally wrong. But is this […]

Physician Heal Thyself

Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Back pain, Medicine, Physical Therapy, Piriformis Syndrome, Practicality, Sciatica, Yoga | Comments Off on Physician Heal Thyself

Image via Wikipedia –guest post by Sujatha Ramakrishna, M.D. Having a family full of doctors can be such a mixed blessing. Most physicians are aware of the pitfalls of being related to someone who knows way too much about every little ache or cough. When I was a fourth-year medical student interviewing for residency positions in psychiatry, I met up with […]

Massaging the Violin

Posted by on July 05, 2011 in Anatomy trains, Back pain, Massage, Pain, Swedish massage | Comments Off on Massaging the Violin

Science has finally come around to studying massage, sort of: Massages Ease Low Back Pain – NYTimes.com. …Each of the massage groups received 10 weeks of treatment, and at the end of that period, all three groups had some improvement, as measured by their answers to 23 questions about performing routine activities without help — for example, climbing stairs without […]