Mitchell Robinson

Pain Series Pt 4: Pain Depends on a Balance of Danger and Safety

Lots of factors can influence your pain. So far, we’ve seen that: pain is an alarm or danger-sensor pain is not well correlated with tissue damage context alters our sensitivity to pain. Let’s further explore our third point. Pain depends on the balance of danger and safety that you believe you’re in. When information convinces … Continue reading What you need to know about pain: Part 4 →

Pain Series Pt 3: Pain Relies on Context

Pain relies on context and is more about sensitivity than damage. There are lots of things in your life that can contribute to the pain you experience and make it worse (we call these DIMs – Danger In Me) or better (we call these SIMs – Safety In Me)… Continue reading What you need to know about pain: Part 3 →

Pain Series Pt 2: Pain is Poorly Related to Damage

Pain is poorly related to damage. Why can stubbing your toe hurt more than a broken bone that’s comfortably sitting in a cast? Because pain is poorly related to actual tissue damage. Have you ever noticed a bruise on your arm yet, have no idea how it occurred? Similarly… Continue reading What you need to know about pain: Part 2 →

Pain Series Pt 1: Pain is an Alarm

What on Earth is pain!? What’s the purpose of an alarm? In its most basic sense, an alarm prompts you to do something. When your alarm goes off in the morning it’s a prompt to wake up. If your car alarm goes off it’s a prompt to get there … Continue reading What you need to know about pain: Part 1 →

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