What does someone in pain really want? I think, deep down, they just want to feel better. That seems reasonable, doesn’t it? You bet. While conceptually this seems pretty straightforward, one must dig a bit deeper to find the complexities of simply feeling better.
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study that found tai chi to be an effective treatment for reducing pain and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. The research was headed by a group from Tufts Medical Center led by Dr. Chenchen Wang. The article’s study group participated in two one hour tai chi classes each week for twelve weeks and was compared to a control group.
Move It or Lose It: Why Inactivity Hurts One of the most significant contributors to chronic pain is also one of the biggest health problems in our modern society: inactivity. I guess we can define this paradoxically as “the action of no action.”
Common Western Medical Treatments for Chronic Pain
Doctors have long resorted to the knife to treat certain painful conditions, but the use of many surgeries for the treatment of chronic pain—as opposed to those for acute injuries like fractures and tears—remains controversial. There are still many questions to be answered, even about more common surgeries such as spine surgery. For example, where does low back surgery fit in for the treatment of chronic low back pain? And what does your doctor...
Our bodies are designed for movement. Keeping them inactive only makes pain worse, so let’s get down to the business of moving. This part of the website includes exercises that universally benefit chronic pain sufferers. I have been offering my own rehabilitation and exercise programs to patients since 2001, so I have the benefit of tapping into years of studying and monitoring what works best.
Opioids: The Karl Marx of the People Imagine you open the newspaper and read an article that says the blood pressure medicine you’re taking will not only stop working over time but will eventually make your blood pressure increase. This would undoubtedly scare you enough to call your doctor immediately to discuss other ways, medicinal or nonmedicinal, to manage your hypertension.
Back in the 1980s, Michael Douglas brought to the big screen a vivid presentation of the intense, cutthroat competition seen in corporate Wall Street. Through his “Gordon Gekko” character, he made it clear that “greed is good” and showed what can happen when the stakes are sky high and the pressure to win unrelenting.
Eastern Moves for the Western Soul
Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint experienced by both amateur and professional golfers. In a study I conducted on professional golfers published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2004, one third of the professional golfers had experienced significant back pain that limited their golf performance. The study also showed that loss of motion in the hip led to greater risk for back pain.