Chronic Pain

Yoga pose for back pain
This short yoga for back pain sequence was designed for all of you with back and/or shoulder tension! Yoga is great for stretching, gaining flexibility, and releasing tension from sore backs, sciatica pain, and many other ailments that you might be experiencing. We often neglect to strengthen our lower and upper backs, and this video offers some very powerful stretches and back muscle building exercises, to give your back a nice break.
If you’ve been feeling like your doctor visits aren’t doing much to help your low back pain, there’s now some research to back you up. The health journal, The Lancet, recently published a series of articles looking at how we treat back pain, and the gist of their findings is that most of us who go to a doctor for an aching back are probably receiving inappropriate or unnecessary treatment. According to the researchers, the most common missteps...
Plantar fasciitis is perhaps the worst possible issue for an athlete or someone leading an active lifestyle. Ask me how I know – it’s the issue I had two decades ago that nearly destroyed my career. I recall waking up one morning thinking I must have stepped on a piece of glass or something. The odd sensation in my foot wasn’t like anything I’d ever experienced before.
As pressure to cut back on prescription opioids continues to mount, doctors and patients are feeling the heat.
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Invisible and misunderstood. If you have fibromyalgia, you’ve probably used these two words at some point to describe your condition. You look perfectly healthy despite feeling just the opposite. Your bloodwork, X-rays, and MRIs come out pretty normal – making it hard for doctors to find evidence that something’s wrong, even though nothing feels right.
Dr. Peter Abaci, MD, is one of the world’s leading experts on pain and the director of the Bay Area Pain Center.
What if I told you that, besides being generally unpleasant (to put it mildly), pain can also be deceiving and misleading? Yes! Pain can play tricks with our heads and fill us with thoughts that can be harmful and hold us back from getting better. Here are two of the most powerful mind tricks that pain plays on us (they may surprise you!): Catastrophizing
Dr. Joe Tatta and Dr. Peter Abaci
Dr. Peter Abaci joins Dr. Joe Tatta on The Healing Pain Podcast.  For a complete transcript or an audio-only version of the podcast visit drjoetatta.com.
Yoga pose for neck pain
Neck and shoulders stretches - Cole's 15 minute seated neck pain and tension relieving deep stretches can be done by anyone, and anywhere! Neck pain and shoulder tension is something we all experience in our lives, from athletes to computer workers. The poses in this sequence were designed to open space in the neck and shoulder areas and provide much-needed relief for a creaky neck or waking up with neck pain, or a quick neck, shoulder and upper...
The holiday season can be a challenging time for pain management.

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