I’m honored to have been invited to serve as a panelist (Panel 1) in a groundbreaking, virtual NCCIH/NIH HEAL Initiative Workshop on Myofascial Pain. I’ll be bringing my perspective and experience of working with headache and neck pain. It’s free and open to the public (with registration) and, with stellar speakers in the fields of fascia, pain, imaging, research, and science, promises to be interesting for anyone drawn to the topic and its current scientific explorations. More info and registration at the link below:
Register now for an NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative (#nihHEALInitiative) Workshop on Myofascial Pain taking place virtually on Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17. Experts in the field will present in-depth analyses of the state of science of myofascial pain, current usage of technologies (e.g., methodologies) and their limitations, current technologies to be adapted for myofascial pain biomarker imaging or recording, and emerging technologies and methodologies. Learn more and register: https://go.usa.gov/xf9As.
This workshop is jointly organized by the NCCIH and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. NIH partners include the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
RetreatMigraine is a conference held by CHAMP – Coalition For Headache And Migraine Patients, an advocacy and educational organization formed to support migraine patients. (At last year’s conference, I was honored to present workshops and headache coaching sessions.)
You still at your computer? How about your phone? Me too. These days, my devices are the conduits for my business, social, political, family, and entertainment lives. I still have deadlines and appointments. You too? And it’s not like we’re not living in stressful times, despite staying at home.
For me, this all adds up to leaning into the computer, shoulders raised, back of my neck contracted, and legs and feet pulled in. “Relaxing” by leaning back in the chair isn’t any better; it also produces head-forward posture. More than we realize, these common habits contribute to neck and shoulder tightness, tension, and pain — and headaches and migraine.
To learn how to ease your shoulders with a simple postural shift, follow along with this 55-second practice. In conversation with neurologist Amelia S. Barrett, MD, who participated wholeheartedly. And remember: it’s a practice, which means you can keep returning your awareness to it throughout your day.
It’s always delightful, and part of my mission, to help people make those somatic connections. Please let me know how it goes in comments!