Chronic pain is complicated. In terms of research and treatment, the topic of pain is pursued by many disciplines, including psychologists. Even more confounding is the way that psychological and physiological factors seem to feed into one another, contributing further to the pain’s chronicity. When people injure themselves, they have an accompanying emotional response to the pain. Alternatively, anyone who has ever suffered a severe loss of disappointment will be familiar with the physical pain felt in response to the emotional event. While huge strides are being made in an effort to better understand and treat chronic pain, the complexity and confounding variables of chronic pain still make it difficult to treat. Read more
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from back pain, you know all too well the difficulties that come along with trying to manage the condition. Depending on the type and severity of your back pain, there are certain exercises you can do at home to stretch your spine and to increase strength. However, due to the sometimes-complicated nature of back pain, it is important that you carefully pursue exercise regimens and consult with a licensed medical professional. Participating in the wrong exercises or overdoing it are surefire recipes for aggravating back pain rather than relieving back pain. That being said, here are some back pain relief exercises that will be safe for most people suffering from general back pain. Read more
People who experience random headaches should consider looking into foods that have been shown to possibly cause migraines. It’s said that certain foods are more prone to causing headaches than others due to their various ingredients or additives. For a great deal of people, migraines are a serious problem that can be long-lasting and obstructive to your daily plans. Finding the root of this pain can help you prevent it from becoming a chronic condition. Here is a list of prospective foods that are suspected to trigger migraines or migraine-like symptoms. Read more
Doing stretches at work may feel silly, but the benefits of taking a break from sitting at your desk (probably with your head tilted against a phone or hunched over a computer keyboard) can do wonders for your flexibility and help reduce back pain. Plus, there are plenty of lower and upper back stretches that you can do discreetly—not that we think anyone would think it is that weird, anyway. Read more
Tips to Sleep Better
If you suffer from chronic pain, you know all too well that it can interfere with a good night’s sleep. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from pain related sleep loss. Sometimes just a couple daily adjustments are needed to improve the situation, other times you may need to consider more of a lifestyle change. Getting less sleep than what is needed can lead to a more stressful life, as well as other health-related issues, such as sleep apnea. Having chronic pain can increase your chances of getting less sleep than you should be getting. Many people need to make adjustments in order to be able to sleep better and the importance of making some of the changes is magnified if you are one of those suffering from chronic pain. Read more
The knee is a complicated structure and one that we rely on for an overwhelming range of activities, from walking to swimming to hiking and more. As a result, knee pain causes are varied and knee injuries are incredibly prevalent among a wide range of demographics. Read more
If you are among the millions of Americans who suffers from back pain, you know firsthand exactly how debilitating even a slight injury can be when it means the difference between sitting out versus participating in the physical activities required of you on a daily basis or your favorite hobbies. Luckily, taking the time and effort to ensure that you have proper posture can go a long way in preventing the occurrence and severity of back injuries. Luckily, we have compiled the following information and good posture tips to ensure that you remain walking tall and free from back pain. Read more
Running is an excellent way to stay in shape and to increase cardiovascular endurance. However, in spite of the myriad benefits to running for exercise, the practice does come with a whole host of risks. Injuries are common in runners, due to a variety of factors. Back injuries while running are a prominent problem we see and treat every day. Luckily, with some steps and precautions, runners can decrease their risk of back injuries while running. Read more
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