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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can transcend the purely physical cause that set it in motion and turn into a crisis that envelopes the entire person. Learn more about how to manage it without letting it manage you.

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Brain & Pain

The brain is a very dynamic organ and can play an important role in managing health. Protecting your most valuable resource—your brain— is an important part of a winning pain management plan.

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Lifestyle & Habits

Becoming healthier is a key to helping manage pain.Carefully decide how you spend your time each day and what habits you cultivate. Learn more about the key traits of highly successful chronic pain sufferers.

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Treatments

We see ourselves as machines: If a part is broken, we fix it. Chronic pain doesn't follow this recipe. Standard medical treatments can certainly help, but if you are not careful, they can also stand in the way of progress.

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05 Apr

Good Food, Less Pain: Why Nutrition Matters

By Dr. Peter Abaci

If you are like many of the patients that I talk to, you are probably curious to know if diet makes a difference when it comes to managing pain. For example, can a particular meal plan relieve pain and lower inflammation? While there may not be one special diet out there guaranteed to eliminate all of your pain, there does seem to be increasing evidence to suggest that food matters when it comes to how much we hurt. In particular, the consumption of what is referred to as anti-inflammatory foods may have the biggest impact on how we feel.

Adopting the dietary habits of an anti-inflammatory diet means eating more fruits, vegetables, fatty fish, whole grains, teas, herbs, and plant-based proteins, and gravitating away from large amounts of animal protein and processed foods. Substantial evidence has shown a link between body weight and chronic pain. For example, recent studies have found a connection between an elevated body mass index and low back pain. New findings have found that the consumption of an anti-inflammatory diet mediates this link between body fat and pain by reducing inflammation in the body. In fact, researchers found that those who ate more of a plant-based and seafood diet had less pain.

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11 Apr

Yoga For Neck and Shoulder Pain - Safe and Easy Stretches for Beginners

Ever wake up with a crick in your neck? Give this short and easy flow a try! Cole designed this 15 minute beginner yoga video to help ease pain and tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back area. These deep stretches are sure to help break through any tightness you may be experiencing. Certified Yoga Instructor Cole Chance from Austin TX, leads this beginner friendly yoga flow.

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01 Apr

Study: MELT Method for Lower Back Pain - It Works!

We’ve always known that the MELT Method helps relieve low back pain and that we feel better every time we MELT, but now we have actual scientific proof that MELT works!

The MELT team and researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently finished a study that looked at the effect of MELT on people with chronic low back pain, both right away and after four weeks of MELT.

What’s significant is that we found that MELT reduces chronic low back pain, increases flexibility, and initiates real change in the connective tissue. By contrast, the control group, which did not MELT, showed no improvement.

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30 Mar

The Ins and Outs of Inflammation

At the root of inflammation is the body’s ability to protect itself. It’s a biological “take control and protect” reaction. It is at the heart of our immune system. Our body’s ability to deploy super quantities of specialized repair cells including macrophages and mast cells that signal other cells to react, while alterations in the production of certain chemicals is initiated – inflammation in its first response is actually a good thing.

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