Breathing disorders affect people in different ways. For some it causes mental distress, fear, anxiety, and even a loss of self-confidence. For others it causes physical symptoms, muscle imbalances, back and shoulder pain, and even pelvic disorders like incontinence.

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Guided breathing exercises can be one of your best tools for decreasing stress and relieving pain flare-ups. Slow, rhythmic breathing patterns stimulate a relaxation response within a stress out or hyper-aroused nervous system. Learning a few basic breathing techniques is fairly simple and easy to do. Plus, doing so gives you more independence and control over your pain. One breathing exercise that is super easy to do is known as “4-7-8...

Back Massage

It might be helpful to divide your pain treatment strategies into two categories- active and passive. Coming up with the right balance between these two types of approaches just might be the tipping point that you need to successfully control your pain and gain that boost in quality of life that you are looking for. 

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What are the key traits of highly successful chronic pain sufferers? Everywhere you turn, from television shows to print, there is a wealth of advice devoted to helping you radically improve your appearance. If experts can teach you how to have great hair and look sexier, then it’s high time you got some advice on how to transform the way you feel, too!

Woman holding head in pain

December always seems to be a challenging pain management month. For one, the transition to more frigid temperatures along with the slew of storms that normally come through this time of year seem to make everyone’s aches and pains hurt more than normal. The “winter blues,” also known as seasonal affective disorder, can cause symptoms of depression and fatigue for some, especially for those in cold northern climates. In fact, Hippocrates...

Doctor with stethoscope in ears

It always comes as a surprise to my patients when I prescribe a painkiller for their arthritis joint pain that doesn't require a written prescription and not even a trip to the pharmacy.

I tell them to breathe.


Some tips to avoid allergic reactions, drowning, poisoning and heat illness

Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors. But the good times can quickly turn tragic because of injuries and accidents. In many cases, taking simple precautions is all it takes to have a safe summer.

BANGOR, Maine — When her 14-year-old daughter started coughing about a month ago, Bangor mother Anne assumed it was allergies.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's office is investigating another death suspected to be heat related, the Kansas City Health Department said today.

A woman in her mid-60s is the first confirmed heat-related death of the year on the Missouri side of the metro area, the Kansas City Health Department said Friday.