Chronic pain is debilitating. Like that slow, constant, never ending drip from the faucet, it can seep into every aspect of our lives. Too often we look to the medicine cabinet or prescription pad for answers. Those may help, but their impact is temporary and the side effects can be catastrophic. That’s why it’s so… Continue reading Beyond Pills
At some point, all of us who suffer from chronic pain are told we have to live with it. Difficult words to hear. In my practice, when there’s no more “fixing” someone’s pain with surgery or other interventions, learning to pivot and focus on living with the pain becomes the challenge. Too often, unable to hear that… Continue reading Meditation May Be One Form Of Pain Relief
The produce section is a valuable asset to any pain treatment program. Vegetables are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that protect against cell damage. They lower inflammation throughout the body, including in your joints, strengthen bones, and boost the immune system.
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?