Living With Chronic Pain

Move It, Or Lose It

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

Living With Chronic Pain

How Do We Survive A Vacation?

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?

Living With Chronic Pain

Intermittent Pain

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

Living With Chronic Pain

Defining Chronic 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

8 seated stretches for travelers
Living With Chronic Pain

8 Seated Stretches To Help Travelers Ease Tension and 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