Resolved: Stay Relaxed, Avoid Stress

Everyone knows about stress. It’s that period when you start to feel overwhelmed, lacking control, and stuck in a situation that no matter what you do cannot be changed. Fortunately, there are valuable stress management tools you can learn to help you react to those unchangeable situations in a positive way. Stress, derived from the […]

Acupuncture for Pain Control

Pain, an unpleasant sensation that occurs in response to tissue injury, is a normal protective process that lets us know when something is wrong. Our nervous system is made up of the central (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral (nerve fibers, nerve endings, receptors) nervous systems, which work together, transmitting signals to and from the […]

A Mind’s Perception of Pain

Why does it seem that some people’s pain threshold is greater than others? Why do some people grab their jaw when they hear the mere word “dentist” or some mothers hold their belly when they see a very pregnant woman walk by? A lot of it depends on an individuals’ past and perception. Our natural […]

Chronic Pain Sufferers See the Brighter Side with Cognitive Behavorial Therapy

Like the sayings, “Think positive” and “Look on the brighter side,” cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), effective for chronic pain and depression, promotes the replacement of dysfunctional thoughts for more positive ones. Our mind, a source of thoughts and feelings, allows us to experience sensations, including those of pain. Even though pain signals are processed by our […]

Pain and the Gate Control Theory

Pain, an unpleasant sensation that occurs in response to tissue injury, is a normal protective mechanism that signifies that something is wrong. Our nervous system is made up of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (nerve fibers, nerve endings, receptors), which work together, transmitting signals to and from […]

Depression Often Linked with Pain

Like the famous question, “What comes first, the chicken or the egg?” both depression and pain can be the other’s cause or effect. While depression can generate and amplify pain due to an imbalance in neurotransmitters, extended pain, in turn, can cause a person to become depressed. Over 75% of patients with depression complain of […]

Chronic Pain Behavior

Chronic pain, the opposite of acute pain, does not go away in time or when the body heals. In fact, chronic pain is diagnosed when pain continues after an injury that appears to have healed, has not. In some cases, chronic pain may even develop out of the blue, with no apparent link to trauma […]

Steps to Manage Your Chronic Pain

Like thunder and lightening to a storm, restless sleep, fatigue, and malaise are often associated with chronic pain. And it is because of this general ill feeling that patients tend to decrease physical activity, become out of shape, and eventually experience increased pain, insomnia, fatigue, and weight gain. Recently, clinical studies have proven that patients […]

Managing & Coping with Chronic Pain

Do you or someone you love suffer from relentless pain? Have you become frustrated with your poor response to different treatment? Maxine was, until she decided to take control of her situation. Her first course of action was to become educated about her pain. And in doing so, she learned that our natural protective response […]

Antidepressants and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Help Chronic Pain

Patients with fibromyalgia (FMS) suffer with chronic widespread, generalized muscle pain, along with headaches, irritable bowel syndromes and chronic fatigue. FMS, one of the central hypersensitivity syndrome, occurs when the central nerve system (brain and spinal cord) become hypersensitivity to different stimulus and lead to many different symptoms. Currently, we have adequate scientific evidences that […]