Lower Back Pain is the #1 Cause of Disability Among American Adults

Lower Back Pain is the #1 Cause of Disability Among American Adults

#pain #back #disability “Chronic lower back pain can make routine tasks very difficult” — Paul Ebeling A new study suggests patients can learn new, practical, and less painful ways to move through individualized MST (motor skills training). A 2-yr study of nearly 150 patients found that MST appears to better relieve disability from lower back […]

Middle-aged Americans are Living in Pain

Middle-aged Americans are Living in Pain

#pain #physical #psychological #age Middle-aged Americans are living with more physical pain than older adults, and the problem is concentrated among the less-educated, a new study finds. The pattern may seem counterintuitive, since older age generally means more chronic health conditions and wear-and-tear on the body. And the middle-age pain peak is not seen in […]

The Common Causes of Back Pain

The Common Causes of Back Pain

Overuse and misuse of the muscles supporting your spine, poor muscle strength and inappropriate posture while sitting, standing and walking are also reasons why you may suffer from lower back pain. Unexplained low back pain is very common, affecting about 80% of adults at some point during their lifetimes. In the last 3 months, more […]

Pain, the Experience is Different Between Men and Women

Pain, the Experience is Different Between Men and Women

In studies involving men and women exposed to identical pain stimuli, women rated the pain higher on the pain scale. In addition to sex hormones, other factors affecting pain perception include emotions, attitude, age and a learned response from past experience It is no secret that men and women are different. Diane Halpern, Ph.D., past […]

Alternative Strategies That Can Address Severe Chronic Pain

Alternative Strategies That Can Address Severe Chronic Pain

FLASH: Essential oils are volatile compounds found in grasses, trees, roots, bark, leaves and flowers. Essential oils in general are about 50 to 70X more powerful than herbs, and should be used sparingly. Many see opiates as the only option for severe pain, which can have severe health consequences. Opioids are extremely addictive and 130 […]

Opioid Crisis Spurs Development of a Pain Meter

Opioid Crisis Spurs Development of a Pain Meter

The National Institutes of Health is pushing for development of what its director, Dr. Francis Collins, calls a “pain-o-meter.” Spurred by the opioid crisis, the goal is not just to signal how much pain someone’s in, it is to determine what kind it is and what drug might be the most effective. “We are not […]

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, and Spices

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, and Spices

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, and Spices Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of ourĀ  meals. Every time we flavor our meals with herbs or spices we are “upgrading” our food without adding a single calorie. In fact, on a per gram fresh […]

Medical Marijuana Up Date

Medical Marijuana Up Date

Medical Marijuana Up Date Congresspeople want the VA to research medical marijuana, New Jersey expands its list of qualifying conditions, and more. National Last Thursday, lawmakers called on the VA to research medical cannabis for veterans. A group of lawmakers who sit on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee wrote a letter to Veteran Affairs Secretary […]

Pain Relief Naturally Without Rx Drugs

Pain Relief Naturally Without Rx Drugs

Pain Relief Naturally Without Rx Drugs If you are in severe pain or struggling with chronic pain, it can quickly sideline your life. A new US government report shows that more than 54% of US adults had some type of musculoskeletal pain disorder such as back, joint or neck pain in Y 2012, the latest […]