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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can transcend the purely physical cause that set it in motion and turn into a crisis that envelopes the entire person. Learn more about how to manage it without letting it manage you.

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Brain & Pain

The brain is a very dynamic organ and can play an important role in managing health. Protecting your most valuable resource—your brain— is an important part of a winning pain management plan.

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Lifestyle & Habits

Becoming healthier is a key to helping manage pain.Carefully decide how you spend your time each day and what habits you cultivate. Learn more about the key traits of highly successful chronic pain sufferers.

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We see ourselves as machines: If a part is broken, we fix it. Chronic pain doesn't follow this recipe. Standard medical treatments can certainly help, but if you are not careful, they can also stand in the way of progress.

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23 Aug

Winning The Exercise Battle: How To Shake, Trot, and Stretch Your Way Toward Less Pain

By Dr. Peter Abaci

It can feel like a catch-22: Everyone is telling you need to exercise, but when you’re in pain, exercising may be the last thing you feel like doing. And unfortunately, the longer you avoid it, the harder it can be to get started. Muscles and tendons get weak, stiff, and sore when they aren’t being used, so there can be significant aches and pains when you decide to start moving again. But finding the right exercise program can be an essential tool for pain relief.

Here are a few strategies that can help you get over that initial hump and headed toward a healthy, pain-reducing exercise habit:

#1: Get help.

If you have the means, and if your doctor approves, take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of a movement expert (or more than one!). Physical therapists, occupational therapists, Pilates trainers, and yoga teachers are trained in the art of helping others move safely and more effectively – they can be of great help.


#2: Solidify your core.

Every stable structure needs a solid foundation. For the human body, that foundation is the group of stabilizing muscles around the abdomen, pelvis, and back – together referred to as the body’s “core.  All of your movement flows through this foundation: lifting, carrying, reaching, pulling, stooping, twisting, turning – you name it. Practically every action the body takes is supported by the all-important core, so make core exercises a fundamental part of your new exercise program. No matter what part of your body hurts, a stronger core will help you function better and with less pain


#3: Re-calibrate your muscles.

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