For many, the idea of exercising is just too much to think about. “I already hurt, how can I possibly exercise?” For too many, it just sounds crazy. Inactivity is pains worst enemy. Not mobilizing or stretching prevents nutrients from getting to painful areas. Oxygen-rich blood that can decease inflammation, restore much needed balance and release those… Continue reading Move It, Or Lose It
Like most patients who live with chronic pain and all the ways it impacts our lives, I always ask, "Is a trip worth the recovery I’ll have to deal with to survive?" Or, in effect: How do I survive my vacation? We all need time off, away from everyday worries, responsibilities and strife. It’s a… Continue reading How Do We Survive A Vacation?
Previously, I defined chronic pain as any pain lasting longer than the reasonably expected healing time for the tissue involved. Most consider it to be after 3-6 months. But a variation of chronic pain is the type that's intermittent, which is when pain-free times alternate with weeks or months of daily pain. In some ways. I think intermittent pain is… Continue reading Intermittent Pain
According to multiple studies, it's estimated that between 20-30% of people in this country suffer from what the CDC terms "high-impact chronic pain," which is pain severe enough that it frequently limits life or work activities. But chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is a common problem that presents a major challenge to health-care providers because of its complex natural history,… Continue reading Defining Chronic Pain
Every Tuesday, we post a new weekly exercise to help add ideas and motivation to your exercise regimen. We have posted many exercises that utilize a chair- making them easy for air travel or road trips- anywhere you may need to relive some tension, ultimately also helping relieve pain. Here are 8 exercises to get… Continue reading 8 Seated Stretches To Help Travelers Ease Tension and Pain