“The website www.activelifescientific.org has made a real difference in my life by educating me about mind-body medicine. I especially appreciated the concept that no medical defect (like mental illness) applies here, nor should any shame be attached to mind-body conditions.Many sections of the website were helpful, starting with the video on sensitization. It really explained how pain signals, if they have been lingering more than 3 months, can be amplified by the brain. I also found effective the phrase “sore but safe”, to be repeated when experiencing pain caused by sensitization.Valuable too, was the procedure developing the mind’s ability to raise hand temperature just with thought. This increased my confidence in knowing the brain can indeed influence the physical body. The Activity Section suggesting Qi Gong, a form of exercise scientifically shown to reduce pain, has also been helpful. The website included many reference to distinguished authors and institutions, all further convincing me that my brain really was the source of my pain.
Finally, Dr. Hansma’s personal story about his recovery from years of chronic pain made mind-body medicine much more believable to me. It helped me stick with the website’s suggestions and finally resolve 20 years of my own debilitating chronic pain.”
your caring way. It really does mean a lot! I do think the “glowing head” did help me in dealing with the pain. It definitely brought more understanding of the mind body connection. I have begun some basic Chi Gong moves along with some very gentle stretches.I believe all my experiences with (name omitted for privacy), my acupuncturist , my massage therapist, yourself along with my talk therapist have brought much healing and understanding during these very difficult times. Some days I truly feel I’m gaining on it. Other days not so much. I’m coming to understand that it’s part of the process of healing. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity.”