Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Category Archives: emotion

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 show… Read More

The Paradox of Placebo and the Health Governor

How do we make sense of the placebo effect from an evolutionary perspective? In a recent paper in Current Biology, Nicholas Humphrey and John Skoyles noted an apparent paradox: When people recover from illness under the influence of fake treatments, they must of course in reality be healing themselves. But if and when people have… Read More

Posture and Pain Tolerance

I have written previously about interesting links between posture and mood. Several studies show that altering your posture in one way or another can have measurable effects on your hormone levels and behavior. For example, sitting in a relaxed expansive posture can make you more likely to make a risky bet, and sitting in a… Read More

Ideomotion Part 2: Corrective Movements

In a previous post I introduced the concept of ideomotion, which is a non voluntary movement prompted by mental activity. In this post I’ll discuss Barrett Dorko’s interesting theory that ideomotion may play a role in reducing and preventing some common sources of chronic pain. Here is my (hopefully accurate) interpretation of Dorko’s theory in a nutshell…. Read More

Posture and Mood: A Two Way Street

You may have noticed that your mood can affect your posture. For example, if you are feeling depressed, defeated, or submissive, you may slump. If you are feeling proud, confident or dominant, your chest may rise and you may get taller. So it should be obvious that your emotional state will reflect itself in your… Read More