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Responses to Lower Back Pain Is Changing

Back Pain, blog Sep 20, 2017

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical care in the United States. According to the NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll, people are responding to their lower back pain differently than in the past, and their choices seem to vary depending on their education and income levels. The Survey on Back Pain On a regular basis,...

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Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy for Chronic Pain

Alternative Treatments Aug 21, 2017

Humans and animals have shared a bond of companionship for thousands of years. We have bred animals like cats and dogs to be fellow hunters, friends, and guardians. And research shows that our bond is strong with some animals. This bond is so strong that animals – mostly dogs – have evolved to partially understand and react to human emotion...

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How to Stay Optimistic with Chronic Illness

blog, Wellness Jul 19, 2017

Chronic illness is a fact of life for about half of American adults, a statistic that has been steadily and tragically growing over the past few decades. It isn’t just poor health and trouble coping with any number of crippling symptoms. It's also a deep mental anguish that too often transforms from a feeling to a disorder. Illness and pain come in many shapes...

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Natural Pain Relievers and Anti-Inflammatories

blog, Pain Management Jun 19, 2017

Medication is not the only reliable way to relieve pain – and for many, long-term medication is not a very suitable way to relieve chronic pain, which can plague a person for years. While most of our pharmaceutical options rely on natural extracts anyway, there are specific benefits towards applying some of nature’s own natural pain relievers in their original form. But...

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How Fibromyalgia Pain Relates to Other Pain Conditions

blog, Pain Management May 18, 2017

Pain is not something we’re particularly inclined to like, as its intended function is to be something we actively avoid and work against. But there is such a thing as useful pain. Pain that teaches us valuable lessons in life, like avoiding fire and minding our step. But there is some pain that has absolutely no use, and no meaning....

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Is There a Link Between Weather and Pain?

blog Apr 18, 2017

Pain is that uncomfortable feeling in one or more parts of your body that is seeking attention. It is the body’s way of telling you something is not right and to seek help to resolve the pain. Some examples of pain include migraines, pinched nerves, broken bones, ear aches, pulled muscles, toothaches, and stomach aches. Other types of pain can...

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When An Injury Turns Into Chronic Pain

blog, Pain Management Mar 17, 2017

Research has shown that pain affects over one hundred million people, as reported by primary care physicians. Addressing pain can be simple for some and extensive for others, depending on the type of injury. You may have a simple fix, like a broken finger that gets a splint and is healed with a few months. Or you may have a...

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5 Common Causes of Chronic Pain

blog, Pain Management Feb 24, 2017

If you suffer from chronic pain then you know just how devastating it can be to suffer without relief. You know you have a pain, you feel sick, but not one of the many doctors you have seen can identify a source for your pain. It must be very frustrating to know that even the doctors don’t have an answer...

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5 of the Biggest Myths about Chronic Pain

Pain Management Jan 10, 2017

Chronic pain is a sadly misunderstood topic – and it’s easy to see why. It’s not exactly natural, nor intuitive to experience pain on a constant level – and when you are subjected to pain, it’s hard to constructively think or analyze the situation. Understanding the Basics This isn’t a well-defined condition, in that some of its mechanisms are still...

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How to Change Your Diet for Chronic Pain Relief

Pain Management Dec 09, 2016

Dealing with chronic pain can often be a life-long struggle, underlined by years of medication and therapy. To many, the only way out of the pain is through pills. But while medication can alleviate some of the pain, the long term side effects of medication-based pain management can be drastic, and in some cases, devastating. To list just a few,...

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