Alternative Medicine

As scientists and physicians race to explore new and more effective strategies to treat pain, many are investigating how techno
I was pleased to be invited by Nature to give my thoughts on what is needed in pain research and care ("To treat pain, study people in all their complexity"). Too often, the person is forgotten while the symptom is treated. Our systems must account for the individual variability in the experience and treatment of pain, and to address the unique needs of each person.
I was pleased to be invited by Scientific American to post a blog describing our work on targeted mindset interventions for pain relief and opioid reduction.
Christine Hirabayashi
Christine Hirabayashi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board-Certified Art Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration, and subsequently her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. Since 2004, Christine has been at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center.
Michael Sullivan, PT, MSPT is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. Mr. Sullivan's lecture deals with one of the many issues that people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome struggle with--that movement is painful, to the point where individuals with CRPS don't feel they have the choice to be active. The lecture also talks about neuroplasticity, graded motor imagery, mirror box therapy, and virtual...
Dr. Peter Abaci Presenting at RSDSA Conference
Peter Abaci, MD is the co-founder and medical director of The Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, author of, "Take Control of Your Pain", and a frequent contributor to WebMD, Pain Pathways, and Huffington Post. His objective is to teach you how to have a great life with CRPS. This presentation is part of the broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole person, and optimizing wellness.
As pressure to cut back on prescription opioids continues to mount, doctors and patients are feeling the heat.
Essential oils have many incredible benefits, from purifying your external environment to managing internal symptoms like headaches, general body aches and pain, and even help repair skin damage. If you follow my blog, you know I’m obsessed with plant oils for the skin, but essential oils is something I recently began to play around with topically.
By Dr. Peter Abaci Don’t be surprised if the next time you see your doctor they suggest you go to an acupuncturist. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a recommendation that doctors get up to speed on complementary alternative therapies for treating pain including acupuncture and chiropractic treatment.
One of my favorite pleasures in life is tea, both hot and cold, and the more anti-inflammatory health benefits the better. Chai tea is one of my absolute favorites, and although most people consume this warm, it can also be just as delicious cold.

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