I study the science of aches and pains — musculoskeletal health, which is often surprisingly weird and interesting — and translate it for patients and professionals, about 25,000 of you every day as of early 2014. I try to make it much friendlier than the big institutional health care sites, and yet more scholarly than most health blogs. I put emphasis on self-help for the patient, empowerment through education, but many professionals come here too — everyone appreciates clear, simple language about complex problems.
SaveYourself.ca is now far larger and more popular than I ever dreamed of when I started more than ten years ago: a huge wiki-like library of hundreds of evolving articles, several big tutorials (e-books) about specific chronic pain problems, like low back pain, muscle knots, or runner’s knee. I maintain a huge bibliography of scientific sources, for instance, but with hundreds of plain English summaries, and a lot of funny and odd items too.
The pain-relief and rehab tips page is one great place to start, and I have reading guides for patients and professionals, plus readers specifically interested in skepticism about pain treatment. A compilation of pain-busting tips is packed with links to other articles. Enjoy your reading!
I am a science writer in Vancouver, Canada. Readers often mistake me for an “expert,” but I am just a writer, well-acquainted with the work of the real experts. I was also a Registered Massage Therapist for a decade; I had a successful practice in downtown Vancouver specializing in difficult chronic pain cases. I have been the assistant editor for Science-Based Medicine since 2009, I’m a member of the Society for Science-Based Medicine, and just about finished with a long-procrastinated Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. I am a fit, middle-aged runner and ultimate player with plenty of personal experience with athletic injury and pain. Full bio.