Physician's Kitchen

Combining the science of modern medicine and the warmth and wisdom of holistic therapies in the management of chronic pain, medically unexplained symptoms, stress illness and psychophysiological disorders.

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Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain 30/09/2021

Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain

Demonstrating the power of the Mind Body connection in reducing (and eliminating) chronic back pain using Pain Reprocessing Therapy

Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain This randomized clinical trial tests whether pain reprocessing therapy can provide durable and substantial relief from chronic back pain and investigates treatment mechanisms.

The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133 11/07/2021

The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133

A very clear (and amusing) explanation of “neuroplasticity” 🚲

The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133 Get your own here ⇒ http://bit.ly/BuyBackwardsBike ⇐ Shirt: https://goo.gl/doOG3GI give talks: http://www.smartereveryday.com/appearances Patreon Support Li...

For years people with conditions such as fibromyalgia or bad back pain – to name just two – have been told the pain is all in their head. 

With no obvious physical symptoms, nociplastic pain can be difficult to diagnose but its effects are very, very real. 

Research suggests that the immune system plays a role in nociplastic pain, giving people 'feel bad' symptoms including fatigue, anxiety and nausea.

Video from @guardianaustralia: David Fanner + Adam Adada + Laura Murphy-Oates

#chronicpain #chronicillness #fibromyalgia #nociplasticpain #nociplastic #pain #chronicfatiguesyndrome #longcovid #longcovidsymptoms #longcovidrecovery #chronicfatigue 06/07/2021

For years people with conditions such as fibromyalgia or bad back pain – to name just two – have been told the pain is all in their head.

With no obvious physical symptoms, nociplastic pain can be difficult to diagnose but its effects are very, very real.

Research suggests that the immune system plays a role in nociplastic pain, giving people 'feel bad' symptoms including fatigue, anxiety and nausea.

Video from @guardianaustralia: David Fanner + Adam Adada + Laura Murphy-Oates

#chronicpain #chronicillness #fibromyalgia #nociplasticpain #nociplastic #pain #chronicfatiguesyndrome #longcovid #longcovidsymptoms #longcovidrecovery #chronicfatigue

When you have pain but they can’t find anything wrong - think “nociplastic” or “neuroplastic” pain

For years people with conditions such as fibromyalgia or bad back pain – to name just two – have been told the pain is all in their head. With no obvious physical symptoms, nociplastic pain can be difficult to diagnose but its effects are very, very real. Research suggests that the immune system plays a role in nociplastic pain, giving people 'feel bad' symptoms including fatigue, anxiety and nausea. Video from @guardianaustralia: David Fanner + Adam Adada + Laura Murphy-Oates #chronicpain #chronicillness #fibromyalgia #nociplasticpain #nociplastic #pain #chronicfatiguesyndrome #longcovid #longcovidsymptoms #longcovidrecovery #chronicfatigue

View More Free Pain Resources 19/06/2021

View More Free Pain Resources

Curable has such a great way of explaining…

View More Free Pain Resources

01/04/2021

Just imagine a whole hour to discuss your symptoms. Those symptoms that no one seems able to explain, treat or resolve like chronic pain, migraine, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia... Dr Rachael Watson has 30 years experience in the NHS and combines research-based medical science with traditional holistic therapies. Book an appointment, sit at the kitchen table, a mug of coffee in your hand and start making plans for your recovery #mindbodymedicine

Just imagine a whole hour to discuss your symptoms. Those symptoms that no one seems able to explain, treat or resolve like chronic pain, migraine, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia... Dr Rachael Watson has 30 years experience in the NHS and combines research-based medical science with traditional holistic therapies. Book an appointment, sit at the kitchen table, a mug of coffee in your hand and start making plans for your recovery #mindbodymedicine

30/03/2021

This Might Hurt

Inspiring and heart-breaking all in one fell swoop. I’ll be showing this film in the Physician’s Kitchen as soon as Mr Drakeford allows.

23/02/2021

This Might Hurt

If you, or someone you know, have chronic pain and are looking for a science based holistic model of care - watch this film. When lockdown allows I’ll be showing it in the Physician’s Kitchen.

17/07/2020

Hardwiring happiness: Dr. Rick Hanson at TEDxMarin 2013

Neuroscience explained 🤓

Building happiness and resilience, one moment at a time.

Hardwiring Happiness : The Hidden Power of Everyday Experiences on the Modern Brain. How to overcome the Brain's Negativity Bias. Rick Hanson is a neuropsych...

14/07/2020

Tai Chi 5 Minutes a Day Module 01 - easy for beginners

Just 5 minutes of your day...

For 100 days...

To create a new habit of breathing and movement...

Simple Easy beginners Tai Chi. Get these YouTube videos in your inbox. https://tinyurl.com/taiflow and learn more about Leia's history and the path that lead...

08/07/2020

Somatic Listening Guided Meditation - Version A

Ohhhhh this is wonderful.

Over lockdown I’ve been grinding my teeth until my jaw is too sore to chew on that side. I wish I’d found this earlier.

Somatic listening is a technique for nurturing and processing emotions. It involves mindful awareness, guided imagery, and listening to emotions in your body...

curablehealth.com 30/06/2020

How Can I Tell If My Brain Is Causing My Pain?

If you’re wondering why your pain doesn’t make sense and why it doesn’t respond to anything the doctors prescribe... listen to this

curablehealth.com Most chronic pain is caused by pain circuits in the brain that get stuck. But this can be hard to accept because pain feels like it's coming from our bodies. In this episode, Alan and Alon discuss how to determine if your pain is caused by your brain, and they explain why it's so important to embrac...

26/06/2020

The Hardest Pill to Swallow | Tracy Jackson | TEDxNashville

If the pain doesn’t seem to be getting any better...

If you’re honest with yourself, the tablets aren’t really working, the injections and surgery worked for a while but now the pain is back, or it’s moved, or it’s spreading...

Listen to Dr Jackson. She’ll give you hope for the future...

Dr. Tracy Jackson presents the idea that "pain is in the brain" and explains why a pill won’t make it go away. Dr. Jackson explores the truths and consequenc...

curablehealth.com 26/06/2020

Tell Me About Your Pain Podcast 🎧

This is such a gentle podcast, really easy to listen to. Just relax into it...

curablehealth.com When it comes to chronic pain, everyone has a unique story to tell. But when it comes to the fears, doubts, and struggles around pain, we all have much more in common. Join hosts Alan Gordon, LCSW (Director of the Pain Psychology Center), and Alon Ziv as they respond to the experiences of real chron...

24/06/2020

Somatic Tracking for Anxiety Regulation

Somatic tracking as a technique to manage pain and anxiety...

15/04/2020

SIRPA

Yep. That about sums it up for me...

Are you feeling guilt for not doing enough? This is a beautiful message written by a trauma psychologist from Beirut. It's ok to currently feel distracted and unmotivated we're experiencing a global pandemic which none of us have experienced before.

10/02/2020

iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation

This is who I turn to in the middle of the night when I’m beginning to panic that I’ll never go to sleep...

Great article from iRest Founder Richard Miller on restful sleep with 2 guided iRest practices – A 10-minute meditation nap and a 20-minute guided meditation for deep nighttime sleep. Check it out below!

https://blog.theshiftnetwork.com/blog/2-simple-yogic-meditation-practices-optimal-sleep-wellbeing

#MeditationMonday #iRestYogaNidra #iRestMeditation

20/01/2020

The Irish Way

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This beautiful verse was written by Laura Ding-Edwards and you can find her work at Rainbird Roots
Do pop over for more inspiring verse.
Isn't it beautiful. She has a gift with words.
You can purchase your own card here :)
https://www.facebook.com/RainbirdRoots/photos/a.645960058860859/2005264592930392/?type=3&theater

09/01/2020

3 Breathing Exercises That Can Change Your Life!

Using your breath to reduce anxiety, depression and pain...

Weird how things work. Last night I read an article about Breath4Life in addictions and PTSD. Lin Leong introduced us to “box breathing” in 🧘‍♀️ this morning. I’ve just sat down for lunch and the first video I find is Bob and Brad demonstrating breathing exercises - including box breathing! 😃

3 Breathing Exercises That Can Change Your Life! Bob and Brad demonstrate breathing techniques that can be life changing. This week's giveaway: We are giving...

13/11/2019

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enlightened-consciousness.com 11/11/2019

School Sends Kids To Meditation Instead Of Detention, With Amazing Results

enlightened-consciousness.com Traditionally when children act up in school, they would get detention or they get suspended. An Elementary School in Baltimore has a

12/10/2019

I’ve been reading about the role of Adverse Childhood Events in chronic pain. Sometimes “relaxing” isn’t so easy. It’s a skill that needs to be learnt and practiced until it becomes a normal, natural part of life...

29/09/2019

Powerful stuff ...

http://www.thismighthurtfilm.com/#intro

This Might Hurt has been accepted into the Austin Film Festival! We're having our World Premiere on October 25th in Austin, Texas! We hope you can make it, and please tell your Texan friends! #AFF26

mnn.com 14/09/2019

Why we should all embrace the sweet art of 'doing nothing'

mnn.com Italians have mastered 'la dolce far niente' and so should you.

theguardian.com 02/07/2019

My chronic pain taught me about the links between the mind and body | Hannah Millington

If you, or someone you know, suffers from chronic or persistent pain, I will be offering one-to-one therapy later this year.

This will be based on the SIRPA training, Explain Pain by Lorimer Moseley, Curable Health and 26 years experience working as a doctor both in the UK and New Zealand.

The Physician’s Kitchen is due to launch at the end of 2019 and will be based at No. 1 The Courtyard opposite the Abergavenny Morrison’s store.

Please share this post if you know anyone who may be interested.
Dr Rachael Watson 07977 511337

theguardian.com

collective-evolution.com 12/06/2019

Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

So lucky to live in the mountains...

collective-evolution.com While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better! Hiking in Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts Aside from the almost instant feeling of...

28/05/2019

From Lin Leong a local physiotherapist who also teaches yoga to people with MS and Parkinson’s...

An article I wrote for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation MS Focus magazine: https://msfocus.org/Magazine/Magazine-Items/Chair-Yoga-is-for-Everyone!
“Chair Yoga is for Everyone!” By Stacie Dooreck~
Have you heard yourself or others say, “I can’t do yoga until I have more energy, or am in less pain?” This is understandable. But while it may appear that pain, fatigue, or other symptoms will prevent you, you will see that you can always practice yoga and receive its numerous benefits. In fact, a study from Rutgers University in 2014 found that “women with moderate symptoms of multiple sclerosis experienced improvements in balance, walking, coordination, and quality of life after eight weeks of practicing yoga.”

One of the more frustrating experiences that can occur for those with MS and chronic illness is feeling too tired or in too much pain to exercise or practice yoga. After learning that yoga is helpful for increasing energy and improving quality of life, not being able to practice it may feel defeating, and depressing. The good news is that if you are unable to get up out of a chair, wheelchair, or out of bed, you can practice from wherever you are. When sometimes merely walking across a room or getting to a yoga class feels impossible, chair yoga offers short and simple practices that you can adapt to meet your current needs.

For example, much of my late twenties and thirties, I was managing chronic Lyme disease. I had to stop my prior yoga practice, because the postures and exercises I tried made my symptoms (fatigue, dizziness,
exhaustion, muscle weakness, and joint pain) worsen. The first time I tried chair yoga for 10 minutes, however, I felt some of the healing energy I used to feel during a full yoga practice before I got sick. I started to learn that some yoga is better for me than no yoga. A few minutes of practice began to have lasting results that improved my daily functioning.

The duration, intensity, and type of practice can vary, not only for each practitioner, but also from day to day, or even minute to minute. When practicing yoga in a safe and supported way, it promotes healing and creates a tool in life that doesn’t require anything external.

Often our idea of yoga is that it requires you to do certain yoga poses that can be quite challenging, where you need a certain amount of flexibility, strength, or balance. The truth is that everyone can practice yoga. You will most likely gain those qualities from your practice, but do not have to be in any certain physical condition to begin. I have been teaching yoga and chair yoga for more than 23 years and watch students, who start at all ages and conditions, experience greater freedom in both their body and mind – including first timers who are more than 95 years old!

Chair yoga is simply yoga done in a chair or wheelchair, seated or standing, using the chair as a prop for support and stability. The main difference between yoga and chair yoga is that while the traditional yoga postures are done sitting on the floor, lying down, or standing, here we are using the chair or wheelchair as support. Being creative makes yoga accessible for all. There are various techniques and practices for specific results. One does not need to search far and wide to practice, for it is all within, starting with one slow, deep breath.

If you want to try it, just inhale slowly, exhale slowly, and repeat. Congratulations ! You just did yoga. Yoga can be as simple being aware of the breath, or slowing the breath down with awareness.

I’ve seen great shifts in posture and energy from my students practicing weekly. I’ve been teaching chair yoga at assisted living facilities, support groups, hospitals, libraries, and companies for many years. I know firsthand that it can ease pain and give the same benefits that any other yoga practice offers.

Try a gentle chair yoga warm up and posture from SunLight Chair Yoga: Yoga for Everyone! Do not do any movements or postures that create pain or discomfort. Stop and rest as needed.

Joint Warm Ups: Wrist Rotation

1. Rotate your hands around your wrists three to six times.

2. Make circles in the air with your fingers.

3. Make circles with closed fists or open hands.

4. Reverse directions and repeat.

Benefits: Improves the range of motion in the wrist joints. Increases the ability to adapt to changes when getting up from chairs, out of bed, etc. Eases wrist strain from computer use.


Point and Flex Foot Movements

1. Lift both feet a few inches off the ground.

2. Slowly point your toes towards the floor, then gently pull your toes back towards you.

3. Repeat five to eight times.

Benefits: Improves the range of motion in the ankles. This can be done at your desk, on airplanes, on the couch, or in a wheelchair.

Seated Cobra Variation

1. Sitting in a chair, place your hands on your hips or lower back.

2. As you lift the heart area, gently move the elbows towards each other.

3. If able, interlock the fingers behind you as you lift the heart area and gently stretch the hands towards the earth.

4. Take three to five slow, deep breaths. Release and relax.

Benefits: Releases general tension in the upper back and improves posture. This pose counteracts the slouching position from sitting for long periods in a chair, in a wheelchair or at your desk and can increase general feelings of vitality and joy.

For a more dynamic flow of poses to try a chair yoga sun salute, or seated spinal twist. To learn these go to the videos page on www.sunlightchairyoga.com.

Enjoy your practice and remember that yoga is for everyone! ~Review/edits by Chris Hudspeth.

20/05/2019

So true...

10/05/2019

Dr. Sletten Discussing Central Sensitization Syndrome (CSS)

A clear description of the interaction of mind and body.

How life can produce a variety of scary and unpleasant symptoms that are often difficult to treat because it's easy to look in completely the wrong places for the cause...

Mayo Clinic's Christopher Sletten, Ph.D., ABPP discussing Central Sensitization Syndrome, which is the prevailing theory of the cause of chronic pain & other...

psychologytoday.com 10/05/2019

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Dramatically Reduces Inflammation

So much fantastic research - proving that what sounds too good to be true is actually true.

psychologytoday.com Stimulating the vagus nerve reduces inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis.

09/05/2019

TEDxAdelaide - Lorimer Moseley - Why Things Hurt

This is where it all started in July 2017

Nearly 2 years later and I've started running my own Chronic Pain Education Classes, with great feedback

£20 (usually £120) introductory offer for the class on Friday 24th May. Book by calling Rachael directly to make sure this class is right for you.

There will be another Therapists Day on Friday 28th June, booking via my website Abergavenny Baker.co.uk

Why do we hurt? Do we actually experience pain, or is it merely illusion? In this video, Lorimer Moseley explores these questions, and position the pain that...

09/05/2019

The Physician's Kitchen

09/05/2019

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