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31Jul, 2017

How to Address Chronic Pain While on Vacation

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Patients who are battling chronic pain may feel somewhat stuck when it comes to travel. On the one hand, getting some light exercise and a burst of fresh air can work wonders for your body both physically and mentally. On the other hand, traveling means the lack of a safe space, extended periods without moving on a plane, barely any rest, and more. Such factors can make vacations seem impossible, but with the right planning, your trip does not have to be an unpleasant one. Stock Your Supplements and Prescriptions […]
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18Jul, 2017

How Employers can Accommodate Employees with Chronic Pain

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As an employer, your employee’s comfort can largely determine the quality of his or her work. Happier employees are more likely to stay with you longer, communicate openly, and volunteer help to their co-workers. Learning how to work with someone who has chronic pain may seem frustrating at first; many people with this condition do not want to appear as if they are making excuses. If someone who works for you opens up about their pain, their explanation may initially come off as vague or confusing. As an employer, you […]
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12Jul, 2017

Is Pilates a Viable Treatment Option for Lower Back Pain?

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Doctors and patients are always searching for new treatment techniques to help relieve lower back pain. Every person is going to have his own method of approaching discomfort; what that method looks like will largely depend on factors like age, body weight, height, and more. Pilates is a relatively new form of treatment for lower back pain, but does research support its effectiveness? What is Pilates? Pilates was first developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. The exercise is often presented as a series of controlled movements that […]
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5Jul, 2017

What Are The Possible Links Between Chronic Pain and the Brain?

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Almost every chronic pain patient has been told that they are imagining the pain at least once in their lives. This statement is an understandable source of frustration for many people; it is reductive and trivializes the impact chronic pain can have on one’s life. Such beliefs also assume that anything happening “in your head” should be considered minor. What is inside your head, after all, largely determines how you move, feel, and think. That’s why it should come as no surprise to the medical community that a study from […]
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29Jun, 2017

3 Benefits of a Pain Support Group

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Chronic pain is a difficult issue to deal with. You wake up every day feeling less capable of doing what you need to — and want to — do due to your body’s physical limitations, all because of pain. You may feel that the only person who can begin to understand your troubles is your doctor, as friends and family members may not truly grasp your suffering. If this describes your situation, you may be the perfect candidate for a pain support group. A pain support group can have many […]
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18Jun, 2017

3 Ways to Extend Hikes With Chronic Back Pain

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Taking a hike can be one of the most relaxing adventures one can experience. You are finally away from the loud sounds and polluted air that the big city brings. Instead, you are welcomed by whispering winds and majestic wildlife on your journey through the best nature has to offer. Hikes provide you with a peace of mind that is difficult to come by in the maze that is everyday life. That is, until you are reminded of your chronic back pain. This can be the worst feeling, but it […]
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12Jun, 2017

How A Muscle Knot Can Cause Pain

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Many of us have heard of a “muscle knot” though few know what it is. No one would blame you for thinking they are knots as they tend to feel like your muscles tying into each other. While a muscle knot is often less dramatic than its name entails, the phenomenon still causes an uncomfortable amount of pain in the lower back, neck, shoulders, and shins of hundreds of thousands of Americans. If left untreated, muscle knots can grow more painful over time or may lead you to develop bad […]
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4Jun, 2017

3 Things a Chronic Pain Patient Wants You to Understand

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Chronic pain is an ailment like no other. When you break your leg, it is obvious that your leg is broken and you cannot walk. If you were to be severely burnt, the pain that it caused is apparent; this is not so with chronic pain. You would probably never identify a chronic pain patient by glancing at them, which is why it is so hard for many people to understand their ailment. This lack of understanding can lead to common misconceptions that can be to the detriment of the […]
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24Apr, 2017

How Can Osteopathic Manipulation Help With Pain?

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There are new developments in medical science and pain-reducing technologies being introduced at every turn of the calendar month such as anti-cancer drugs and brain scans. These innovations are being introduced so often that it can be easy to overlook some of the most basic and effective methods of treatment. Sometimes a patient would rather feel the healing touch of a doctor than be inserted into a machine or prescribed another pain reliever. If this sounds like you, then you should consider Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment. This form of treatment can […]
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18Apr, 2017

The Link Between Pain & Depression

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Pain can lead to depression, and depression can lead to pain. The relationship between these two situations can cause a vicious cycle that worsens feelings on both the physical and emotional scale. Understanding if depression is a factor of your chronic pain can be a vital element in learning how to alleviate your discomfort. For some patients, simply changing their diet and starting some exercise can help with pain and may – without them even knowing it – also help with depressive symptoms. However, more severe cases of depression may […]
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