Minor update (Jan 14 '15, section #2.23) — Made the tip more concise, and linked out to a new short article about smoking and pain. See section #2.23, Quit smoking: it’s not just for your lungs.
New (May 25 '14, section #2.9) — New tip about an extremely efficient, convenient exercise routine. See section #2.9, The scientific 7-minute workout.
Minor update (Mar 29 '13, section #2.45) — Upgraded risk and safety information about Voltaren Gel. See section #2.45, Try Voltaren: anti-inflammatory medication only where you need it.
New section (Jan 24 '13, section #2.25) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.25, Tits up! Use “power poses” to reduce pain sensitivity.
New section (Jan 12 '13, section #2.51) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.51, Don’t knock “masking” symptoms.
New section (Jan 12 '13, section #2.1) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.1, Be aware: doctors may not know their aches & pains medicine.
New (Dec 18 '12, section #2.33) — See section #2.33, Do not get a joint lube job: avoid artificial synovial fluid injection.
New section (Dec 17 '12, section #2.50) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.50, Novel sensory input: change how it feels with taping, bracing, or other tricks.
New section (Dec 17 '12, section #2.38) — Another psychologically oriented pain-busting tip. See section #2.38, Don’t be a pain drama queen! Tear up that one-way ticket to hell.
New section (Dec 17 '12, section #2.22) — A new section for the only two nutraceuticals I consider worth trying for chronic pain. See section #2.22, Try creatine & bromelain.
More positive (Dec 17 '12, section #2.21) — I have stopped declaring that “all” nutraceuticals are bogus. There are some exceptions, discussed in the following tip. See section #2.21, Avoid most nutraceuticals, especially chondroitin and glucosamine: they are a waste of your money.
More positive (Dec 8 '12, section #2.41) — I feel better about frictions as a treatment than I used to, so I made this tip sound better. See section #2.41, Friction massage (for tendonitis only).
New section (Dec 6 '12, section #2.31) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.31, Be kind to your nervous system: create pleasant, safe sensory experiences.
Rewritten (Nov 29 '12, section #2.30) — Shifted the focus to elementary pain neurology and a more practical and specific implication: generating a “placebo” effect through education. See section #2.30, The confidence cure: rational, informed confidence can probably reduce pain.
Science update (Oct 26 '12, section #1.1) — Added a depressing but important citation showing that chronic pain probably shortens lifespan. See section #1.1, What makes a self-treatment worth trying?
General improvements (Mar 27 '12) — The whole document got some love today, in the form of widespread editing and clarifications. There’s definitely more polish here.
New section (Mar 23 '12, section #2.49) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.49, Relaxation massage: not just fluffy.
New section (Mar 23 '12, section #2.48) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.48, Get in the pool! Water is a really good place for rehab and pain.
New section (Mar 23 '12, section #2.47) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.47, Check your drugs! Pain can actually be a side effect — even of pain killers!
Upgraded (Jun 3 '11, section #2.18) — Added important phrasing about prioritizing rest over worries about maintaining fitness. See section #2.18, Tactical resting: the underestimated art of taking it easy.
New section (May 19 '11, section #2.20) — After studying and reviewing the science and safety of Vitamin D supplementation, I’m finally ready to start recommending it to my readers. See section #2.20, Vitamin D: the most likely of all supplements to be useful for pain.
New section (May 4 '11, section #2.46) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.46, The most popular of all “herbal” pain creams has precious little herb in it.
New section (May 4 '11, section #2.45) — No notes. Just a new section. See section #2.45, Try Voltaren: anti-inflammatory medication only where you need it.
Rewritten (May 4 '11, section #2.18) — Total revision to strongly emphasize the stakes and the key idea that resting actually requires a lot of good planning. See section #2.18, Tactical resting: the underestimated art of taking it easy.
Updated (May 4 '11, section #2.14) — Added the concept of a “thermal workout.” See section #2.14, Contrasting with heating and cooling: well worth a shot.
Rewritten (May 4 '11, section #2.8) — Completely revised to emphasize the best and least advertised benefits of strength training. See section #2.8, Strength training: better, easier than you thought.
New section (Apr 28 '11, section #2.44) — “Weak hips” is a weak theory! But the hype grows and grows, and must be stopped. See section #2.44, Don’t bother with hip strengthening: “weak hips” is a poor scapegoat for chronic leg injuries.
Updated (Apr 28 '11, section #2.39) — Added an important link. See section #2.39, Exercise classes: aerobics, yoga, Pilates, taijiquan, boot camp, etc ….
New section (Apr 28 '11, section #2.3) — The idea of “perfect spots” is worthy of its own tip. Read to find out why. See section #2.3, Learn your perfect spots for pressure: a few key points go a long way.
Major update (Apr 28 '11) — Several minor repairs, two new tips, and a re-write of the icing section.
Major update (Apr 27 '11) — Complete re-write! So thoroughly upgraded it’s like a new article. Modernization of all tips, purging of some that were too old school, and several new ones. This is now a main site page and all future updates will be logged. Several more improvements on the way.