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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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Treatments

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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15 May

Finding Relief Without Addiction: Where Safety Ends and Risk Begins With Painkillers

By Dr. Peter Abaci

If you’ve seen the regular stream of stories in the media about the “opioid epidemic,” the thought of starting an opioid pain medication might make you a little uneasy. But if you are scheduled for an elective surgery, dental work, or experience an acute injury, your doctor is likely to prescribe one – an estimated 1 out of every 5 patients with non-cancer pain are prescribed opioids by their doctors. So how can you make sure you don’t turn into a bad statistic?

There are many physical and genetic factors that impact your risk for addiction – family history of addiction, age, duration of treatment, just to name a few – and your doctor should discuss these with you. But it doesn’t stop there. There is a strong body of evidence to show that a person’s psychological health at the time painkillers are started plays a big, but often overlooked, role in addiction.

While ordinarily only 1.7% of patients prescribed an initial dose of opioids will go on to become long-term users, research shows that the rate of addiction becomes substantially higher when prescribed to patients with mental health conditions, like depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and a past substance abuse history. A recent study from Indiana University published in the journal Pain looked at over 10 million patient records involving insurance claims for opioid prescriptions. The study authors concluded that pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions as well as the use of psychoactive medications, like anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications and anti-psychotic medications were associated with the long-term use of opioid painkillers. The data tells us that those who cling to painkillers the tightest are usually those who are suffering the most.

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11 Apr

Yoga For Neck and Shoulder Pain - Safe and Easy Stretches for Beginners

Ever wake up with a crick in your neck? Give this short and easy flow a try! Cole designed this 15 minute beginner yoga video to help ease pain and tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back area. These deep stretches are sure to help break through any tightness you may be experiencing. Certified Yoga Instructor Cole Chance from Austin TX, leads this beginner friendly yoga flow.

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01 Apr

Study: MELT Method for Lower Back Pain - It Works!

We’ve always known that the MELT Method helps relieve low back pain and that we feel better every time we MELT, but now we have actual scientific proof that MELT works!

The MELT team and researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently finished a study that looked at the effect of MELT on people with chronic low back pain, both right away and after four weeks of MELT.

What’s significant is that we found that MELT reduces chronic low back pain, increases flexibility, and initiates real change in the connective tissue. By contrast, the control group, which did not MELT, showed no improvement.

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30 Mar

The Ins and Outs of Inflammation

At the root of inflammation is the body’s ability to protect itself. It’s a biological “take control and protect” reaction. It is at the heart of our immune system. Our body’s ability to deploy super quantities of specialized repair cells including macrophages and mast cells that signal other cells to react, while alterations in the production of certain chemicals is initiated – inflammation in its first response is actually a good thing.

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