These Exercises Will Help Improve Your Heart Health

Throughout February, Aches and Gains has celebrated American Heart Month. The chronic pain associated with heart disease, commonly resulting from obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, can be devastating for those living with these cardiovascular conditions and their loved ones. As I’ve previously shared, it is essential to recognize the warning signs for a heart attack …

Heart Disease

Why Are African-Americans At Greater Risk of Heart Disease?

February is American Heart Month. It is also Black History Month. Now is the time to reflect on the contributions of African Americans to the American experience, and to learn a little bit more about yourself and those around you. The juxtaposition of these two observances is an occasion to examine heart health and pain among African Americans.

Heart Disease

What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the top killer for women and men in the United States, especially for those in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Heart disease is becoming an epidemic that must be addressed not just by medications and frequent screenings, but by lifestyle changes. Among the baby boomer generation, Americans born between 1945 through 1964 …

Neck Pain

Top 3 Exercises for Managing Neck Pain

Neck pain is very common in the U.S. and industrialized countries. Women, older adults, and those in rear-end car accidents are at risk. The good news is that 80-90% of the time most people recover in 12 weeks. Unfortunately, more of us are developing neck pain from smartphones and other handheld devices. Think about the …

Drug Cocktail

Common Deadly Drug Cocktails

Where were you when you found out Kurt Cobain died? News of drug abuse and overdose has been increasing in the media as of late. Many of us may know, either personally or professionally, someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction who has died.  However, not all drug and alcohol deaths are addiction related. In …

How To Tell If Your Thyroid Is Causing Your Pain

Have you ever wondered whether hypothyroidism is leading to pain throughout your joints and other parts of your body? Your thoughts may be valid. Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. This deficiency can lead to effects in your body that result in chronic pain. Lower levels of …

Detox

The Chronic Pain Detox

It is five days into the New Year! I hope you are all feeling confident that you can overcome your battle with chronic pain. If you do not yet have a list of resolutions, or you know you want to do something but don’t know where to start, here are a few tips. These center …

Resolution

In It to Win It: Resolutions to Keep for 2017

Can you believe that 2016 is almost over? It seems like the years keep getting shorter as we grow older. I like the New Year because it feels like a blank slate. We can improve upon our goals from the previous year and create new ones. Think about what happened this year – good and …

Best Christmas Gifts for Your Health

Only a few more days until Santa is on his merry way! What are you asking for this year? I feel like there are two types of people during the holiday season. Those who may be more extravagant with their wishes – asking for things they would never buy for themselves – and those that …

Keeping Up With the Joneses: What White Collar Addiction Looks Like

We all have a picture in our head of what addiction looks like. We’ve heard about encounters with drug addicts. One addict is not like the other; that is, they may abuse different substances, but all share the disease of addiction. Some people may even picture drug addicts as coming from a lower socio-economic bracket. …