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Chronic Pain, Lasting Relationships: How Bonding With Others Can Help Pain Management

If you suffer from persistent pain from an illness like fibromyalgia or from an injury to your neck or spine, your first line of defense is following the pain regimen your doctor prescribes, including rehabilitation activities. However, coping with daily pain is a complex challenge, and lifestyle choices can also have a mitigating effect.

Specifically, bonding with friends and family, enjoying social experiences, and receiving service from those you care about may modulate your pain levels. While engaging in social activities might not seem like a pain-killer, you’d be surprised how much it can help. (more…)

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7 Techniques to Reduce Sciatic Nerve Pain at Home

Sciatic nerve pain can be one of the most widespread and intense forms of pain. However, because sciatica is almost always a symptom rather than a condition of its own, it can be difficult to treat this nerve pain directly.

For long-term sciatica treatment, you will likely need the help of a pain management specialist and a physical therapist. You can learn more about the common causes of sciatica and how physical therapy works as a treatment for sciatica in our previous blog, “How Can Physical Therapy Help Sciatica?

In this blog, we list seven techniques that can help you reduce the frequency and intensity of your sciatic nerve pain between appointments with your doctor or physical therapist. (more…)

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4 Myths About Your Digestive Health

Have you ever heard that the gum you accidentally swallow sits in your digestive tract for the rest of your life? What about that spicy foods wear down your stomach lining?

There are a lot of myths floating around about what’s good and bad for your digestion, and some of them have been around for decades. Below, we’ll debunk a few of those myths and tell you what can actually impact your digestive health for the better. (more…)

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Use Your Head: 4 Ways Spinal Problems Cause Headaches

The process to develop an effective approach to pain management is often complex. Your health care providers may have to account for several symptoms that aren’t necessarily directly related to the center of your pain.

For example, in our last blog, “The Connection Between Your Digestive Health and Back Pain,” we discussed how your diet and your digestive system health problems can contribute to spinal pain, and vice versa. (more…)

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The Connection Between Your Digestive Health and Back Pain

Your body consists of numerous complex physiological systems that all have to work together to keep you healthy and mobile. In many cases, conditions that affect one bodily system can also have repercussions on the rest of the body.

In a previous blog, “The Connection Between Your Emotions and Your Pain,” we discussed the ways that mental health can affect chronic and acute pain symptoms. However, many of the system connections in your body are more concrete than the link between stress and higher pain levels. (more…)

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How to Estimate the Right Size Skip Bin

Have you ever heard that the gum you accidentally swallow sits in your digestive tract for the rest of your life? What about that spicy foods wear down your stomach lining?

There are a lot of myths floating around about what’s good and bad for your digestion, and some of them have been around for decades. Below, we’ll debunk a few of those myths and tell you what can actually impact your digestive health for the better. (more…)

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5 Tips for Easing Your Carpal Tunnel Discomfort

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, can be uncomfortable and frustrating. But when you work a desk job, carpal tunnel discomfort may be unavoidable, and you may often be left with pain, tingling, or numbness spreading through your hand, wrist, or forearm.

And while CTS is a repetitive stress injury, it can be difficult to avoid the activities that caused the issue in the first place. But instead of simply enduring the discomfort on a daily basis, find ways to manage the pain and irritation.

Below, we’ll provide five tips for alleviating carpal tunnel discomfort. (more…)

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3 Herbs Used to Treat Stomach Pain

Modern surgical methods to diagnose and treat stomach problems may be new, but stomach pain is not. Before we had the ability to take X-rays, perform colonoscopies, and prescribe medication, early civilizations had to find ways to treat stomach conditions with the tools available to them.

While historical records show that some ancient physicians did prescribe odd remedies like mercury or animal excrement to cure all manner of illnesses, many early civilizations found great success with herbal remedies. Many of these herbs you’ll recognize, since many people use them for cooking or similar uses today.   (more…)

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Prepare for Surgery With These Tips

The pain in your back or neck has become unbearable, so it’s time to visit the doctor and undergo corrective surgery. You can’t wait to live free of pain and to know that your body is strong again. But you also know that recovering from the surgery may take some time and lots of help from your doctors.

You will recover faster from your surgery if you have prepared your body for the procedure. You can take several steps both before and after the surgery to ensure that your body heals correctly and quickly. Start preparing now with the tips below. (more…)

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4 Ways to Reduce Inflammation Between Physical Therapy Sessions

If you’ve sought help for frequent or chronic pain, you are likely familiar with the role that inflammation can play in your pain experience. While inflammation may or may not directly cause your pain, reducing inflammation can minimize your discomfort on a day-to-day basis.

Your physical therapist, general care doctor, or surgeon performs specific treatments or procedures which diminish inflammation, either directly or as a side effect.

But what about the days where you don’t see a specialist? In this blog, we give you four strategies for minimizing inflammation between your physical therapy sessions. (more…)

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