The book The Pain Relief Secret: How to Retrain Your Nervous System, Heal Your Body, and Overcome Chronic Pain has what seems to me to be a very simple premise: pain, if it isn’t actually providing useful information like this is hot enough to burn you so quit touching it, is misbehavior of the nervous system. By moving better and responding to pan in more useful ways, you can get your nervous system out of its bad habits and avoid pain. Don’t ignore the pain, don’t fixate on it, just relax and avoid tension.

So I did what the book said, and am now no longer experiencing pain in a troublesome way, as I was before.

It sounds too easy, doesn’t it?

The “Snap out of it!” method of mental health improvement, as I have always thought of it.

The pain I was experiencing is not completely gone. But it’s also not keeping me awake night. It’s not getting worse or spreading to more parts of my body. I don’t have to think about it.

I might need to get back to my office instead of working on a laptop on the sofa, but I don’t need to see a doctor about it.


So I am working today to finish my jacket for jacket week. The photos I’ve taken to show my progress to my daughters suggest that I might need to work on my posture. I can do that, for sure. I generally feel, having been a dancer in my past, that I have good body mechanics, but I do spend a lot of time on the sofa, looking down. The book specifically says not to do that.

And maybe more exercise, or at least more movement, is also part of the equation.

For now, however, I feel good about the improvement.