February 2013 
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We hope this note finds you continuing to do well and living your valued life. We hope the article below by Lori Caldwell-Ritsema, PA-C, will help you continue pursuing your life values.
The "Relaxation Response"


The antidote to stress is relaxation. Most people grasp this idea at a basic level but scientists at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital have proven it goes much, much deeper than that! The "Relaxation Response" changed the study subjects, all the way down to their DNA, in a beneficial way.  Medical study subjects  used a breath focus exercise that resulted  in slowing cell death and reducing body inflammation. The staff and patients at our Pain Center are on the cutting edge of research as we learn similar biofeedback and mindfulness techniques.


The "Relaxation Response" worked on rats too!  They healed up wounds when they were happy and relaxed, but healed much slower when they were stressed and lonely.  The rats 'relaxed' by chewing up bedding material and socializing with their rat buddies. Luckily we humans just need to close our eyes, repeat a word, sound, prayer or thought while we sit quietly and breathe.  Remember to return to the chosen word when other thoughts intrude. Try this for 10 minutes twice a day.


Information brought to you by Lori Caldwell-Ritsema PA-C (course attendee) and  Harvard University, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine @ Massachusetts General Hospital  


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More than the programs ...
At The Pain Center, all of our doctor's and therapists see patients outside of the programs. If you have a new injury, significant stressor, severe pain flare-up or need to adjust your home exercise program - come back to the team that you trust. We're happy to help.
Have a question about a flare up?
You are still a part of The Pain Center family. If you ever have a question, please give us a call at 616.233.3480 and we'd be happy to answer it.

Nicole DeHaan, PT
Physical Therapist 
The Pain Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
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