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Music and Nature for Relaxation

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing YouTube videos for you to practice relaxation.  This one has relaxing music and nature imagery by Thomas Lynskey.

Remember our “Write Something to Share” contest – the deadline is 1/31!

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“Write Something to Share” Contest – Deadline 1/31

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments

This is the last week to submit your entry for our “Write Something to Share” contest, where readers send in contributions to share.  Your entry can be an article, a quote, a favorite way you cope with pain, a photograph, or anything else you think other readers will enjoy.

Be creative!  Be amazing! The contest guidelines:

  • Send in your entry here.  (More than 1 entry is fine.)
  • The deadline is midnight on Saturday, January 31.
  • The entry must be original and not published elsewhere on the internet.
  • The winning entry will be based on creativity and how much work went into the entry.

The winners will choose from these prizes:

  • Rebecca Rengo’s Beyond Chronic Pain, an amazing workbook
  • An article  written just for you on the topic of your choice at How to Cope with Pain
  • A Recognise DVD (for graded motor imagery)
  • A CRPS A Guide for Therapy DVD from RSDSA

Good luck to you!   I look forward to your entries!!!

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Music Miracles

January 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment

I think music can help people with pain, as a distraction, as something positive, and as something enjoyable.  I watched an amazing documentary, Alive Inside, about how patients with Alzheimer’s respond to music they loved in childhood. A clip is below. It’s worth seeing the whole thing (available on Netflix).

Does music help you cope with pain?

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“Write Something to Share” Contest Reminder

January 19th, 2015 · 2 Comments

We’re having a “Write Something to Share” contest, where readers send in contributions to share.  Your entry can be an article, a quote, a quick tip, a photograph, or anything else you think other readers will enjoy.

Be creative!  Be amazing! The contest guidelines:

  • Send in your entry here.  (More than 1 entry is fine.)
  • The deadline is midnight on Saturday, January 31.
  • The entry must be original and not published elsewhere on the internet.
  • The winning entry will be based on creativity and how much work went into the entry.

The winners will choose from these prizes:

  • Rebecca Rengo’s Beyond Chronic Pain, an amazing workbook
  • An article  written just for you on the topic of your choice at How to Cope with Pain
  • A Recognise DVD (for graded motor imagery)
  • A CRPS A Guide for Therapy DVD from RSDSA

Good luck to you!   I look forward to your entries!!!

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Write Something to Share Contest

January 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Happy New Year to all!

It’s contest time at How to Cope with Pain.  We’re having a “Write Something to Share” contest, where readers send in contributions to share.  Your entry can be an article, a quote, a quick tip, a photograph, or anything else you think other readers will enjoy.

Be creative!  Be amazing! The contest guidelines:

  • Send in your entry here.  (More than 1 entry is encouraged.)
  • The deadline is midnight on Saturday, January 31.
  • The winning entry will be based on creativity and how much work went into the entry.

The winners will choose from these prizes:

  • Rebecca Rengo’s Beyond Chronic Pain, an amazing workbook
  • An article  written just for you on the topic of your choice at How to Cope with Pain
  • A Recognise DVD (for graded motor imagery)
  • A CRPS A Guide for Therapy DVD from RSDSA

Good luck to you!   I look forward to your entries!!!

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

In my last post this year, I’ll finish December’s theme of things to make you smile and fill you with hope. Here’s today’s:

YOU

Thanks for reading, commenting, sharing your stories and ideas, and contributing to our How to Cope with Pain community.

Coming up in 2015:

  • a contest where YOU write something to share with other readers (more details in January – start thinking what you’ll write to share!)
  • monthly practices of gratitude, daily fun, mindfulness, etc
  • improving your pain management skills
  • and more!

I hope the last days of December are relaxing and rejuvenating for you.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

(If you or your company would like to donate a prize for our contest, which comes with awesome advertising, contact me here.)

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A Potential New Way to Treat Pain

December 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments

During this month of December, I’m sharing things that will make you smile and fill you with hope. Here’s today’s:

Researchers have discovered a way to block a pain pathway in animal models of chronic neuropathic (nerve) pain.  This finding could eventually lead to a promising new approach to pain relief.

This finding is so exciting, even if using it for patients is a ways off.  We need to make progress in evaluating and treating pain, as you readers know very well.  Whilte making little advances in current treatments – slight changes in medications, or adding another medication option to an existing category – is good, a brand new way to treat pain could be a much-needed larger step in pain medicine.

I’m hopeful!!!

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Good News and Cheer

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments

For the rest of December, I’d like to share things that will make you smile and fill you with hope.  Here’s today’s:

The Random Act of Kindness calendar

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You can sign up here and each day you’ll receive a suggestion for an act of kindness.  It’s inspiring!

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Today is #GivingTuesday!

December 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Today is #GivingTuesday!

You might have ventured out to stores for “Black Friday” last week, or done some online shopping yesterday on “Cyber Monday”.  Today is a opportunity to give to an organization that’s important to you, on #GivingTuesday.  It’s your chance to join a movement to “celebrate generosity and give”.

How can you give?

Visit the website of a pain organization you admire, such as the U.S. Pain Foundation or RSDSA.  Contribute so their good work can grow stronger.  Or donate to any charity that means something positive to you.  Any help is appreciated!

How can you spread the word?

You can help promote #GivingTuesday by:

  • telling your family and friends about it
  • spreading the word on social media – your Facebook page, your Twitter account, your blog, etc.
  • leaving a comment below to share where you contributed

It’s a great way to get involved!  Here is the initiative website: #GivingTuesday Initiative

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“Giving Tuesday” Coming Up!

November 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The U.S. Pain Foundation is participating in the #GivingTuesday initiative!

Similar to “Black Friday” or “free online shipping Monday”, #GivingTuesday will be on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving – December 2nd this year. This day will encourage all to “celebrate generosity and give”.

How can you give?

On Dec 2, the U.S. Pain Foundation will highlight all of the programs and services they partner with to raise awareness of pain conditions.  You can start now and think how you’d like to contribute.

How can you spread the word?

You can help promote #GivingTuesday by telling your family and friends about it, and by spreading the word on social media – your Facebook page, your Twitter account, your blog, etc.

It’s a great way to get involved!  Here is the initiative website:  #GivingTuesday Initiative

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