Managing Chronic Pain and Social Norms

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Last week I shared a short video about a young woman with chronic pain on the studio’s Facebook page. To manage the pain, Raquel needs to lie down on her back frequently during the day. This is not an issue if she is at home or at a friend’s house.

The problem arises when she is in public, for there are very few good places to lie down.

And then there is the issue of it not being socially acceptable to lie down in public. At least in our Western culture. Continue reading “Managing Chronic Pain and Social Norms”

I’m Hip, but I’m So Much More

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My life has a way of repeatedly providing me with opportunities to practice what I need to practice.

I recently injured my right hip. I basically overstretched some of the muscles and ligaments in the area. The result being that walking has proved quite uncomfortable (interestingly and thankfully—since my recital is coming up—tap dancing does not).

I had been training to walk a ½ marathon in late May. This injury happened two weeks before. The ½ marathon didn’t happen.

I continue to walk and move gently, get help from my massage therapist, use the hot tub at the gym as often as I can and listen to my body so I give myself time to heal and don’t injure myself again.

This injury has been a reminder of the power of pain to hijack my attention.

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Stand Up for Yourself

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A student came in this week and told me that a few days ago, she had had sit through a seminar in the front row of an auditorium. In order to be able to see the presenter’s screen she was forced to pull her head back uncomfortably onto her neck.

If you have ever sat in the front row of a movie theater you get the picture.

My student had spent the whole time alternating between pulling her head back uncomfortably onto her neck and looking at the screen and looking away and trying to undo the tension in her neck.

I should add that this student has problems with neck tension.

I asked her, “did they have assigned seating in the seminar?”

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