Practical Science on Movement and Pain

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The Marble Hand Illusion

Moshe Feldenkrais said “we move in accordance with our self image.” A new study provides some cool evidence that our self-image is easily modified, and that the modifications have physiological consequences. The illusion was created quite simply. Researchers repeatedly struck someone’s hand very gently with a tiny hammer. Each time the hand was struck, the naturalRead More

Book Excerpt: Sensation Versus Perception

Since I’m in the process of writing a book, I don’t have much time to post. So here’s a little excerpt from the book. It’s about the distinction between sensation and perception. *     *     * Although the terms sensation and perception are often used interchangeably in everyday life, psychologists distinguish betweenRead More

Watch Your Back: Mirrors Reduce Back Pain

I just read an interesting paper from Lorimer Moseley‘s group about how looking at your back in the mirror can reduce back pain. The paper describes a simple study where people with back pain were asked to make numerous repetitive provocative movements of the low back under two conditions: one group was able to see theirRead More

Meditation and Pain

One of the goals of the Feldenkrais Method is to develop greater awareness of your movement patterns. Why? According to Moshe Feldenkrais “if you know what you are doing you can do what you want.” Sounds reasonable enough. I was reminded of this quote after reading about a line of research which attempts to showRead More

Review of Moseley/Hodges Talk Part Three

This is part three of my review of the Lorimer Moseley and Paul Hodges conference on pain and motor control. You can read parts one and two here and here. This section will describe Lorimer’s discussion of the body maps and their connection to pain, motor control and immune responses. The brain’s map of theRead More

Review of Moseley/Hodges Talk Part Two

This is part two of my review of the three day conference by Lorimer Moseley and Paul Hodges on pain and motor control. If you haven’t read the first part please take a quick look here before reading on so you are up to speed. I said it before and I’ll say it again, thisRead More

Review of Conference with Moseley and Hodges on Pain and Motor Control

This weekend I went to Portland, Oregon to attend a conference sponsored by the APTA Section on Women’s Health, featuring talks by Lorimer Moseley and Paul Hodges on the issues of chronic pain and motor control. It was a fantastic experience, and most of the time I was buzzing with geekcitement. Jealous you missed it?Read More

Wanting to be an Amputee (and More)

Well I just got back from a nice camping trip (that was far more comfortable than the last.) And tomorrow I am off for a week’s vacation (which will be even more comfortable.) So I don’t have much time for blogging, but I do have time to link to three interesting recent articles which showRead More

Parasitic Emotions – Can Movement Training Improve Impulse Control?

In part one of this series I introduced the idea of a “parasitic” movement, a term coined by Moshe Feldenkrais. It means an undesirable movement which follows uncontrollably after an intended movement. For example, imagine trying to hit a certain key on the piano with your middle finger, but you end up activating your ringRead More

Merzenich Interview on Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method

I recently watched a very interesting interview with Michael Merzenich, a well known neuroscientist at the University of California. Merzenich has made some very large contributions to his field, particularly in the area of neural plasticity as it relates to the organization of the body. He is considered one of the leaders in the “NeuroplasticityRead More