How Sleep Helps Manage Pain

Sleep is critical for the body to rejuvenate itself. While you are sleeping, your body is creating new cells, getting rid of old ones, and working to make you healthier. Without 6-9 hours of sleep, your body does not function as highly as it could. A staggering 66% of patients in pain complain of sleep …

Secret Reasons Your Back Hurts

It’s often tough to identify why your back hurts. Maybe you rearranged your furniture, worked out harder than usual, or fell asleep in a weird position. Many times, you just have no idea why your back hurts and you want an answer. Here are some surprising reasons why your back might hurt.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Medical technology is growing every day. Even those with chronic pain can hold out hope for a new technology to relieve them quickly and efficiently. Spinal cord stimulation has been around for a while, but it is mostly used as a last resort. It is for people whose therapies have not worked and they are …

When is it Time to See a Doctor?

When is it Time to See a Doctor?

Some of us push our limits. “Make it until you break it” some would say. Waiting until the last minute to see a doctor about your pain or other ailment is not always the best idea. Going to the doctor can sometimes be a life or death situation. Catching a serious illness early when the …

National Public Health Week: How Are You Managing Your Pain?

National Public Health Week has arrived and I wanted to touch base and see how all of you are doing. During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States are brought together to observe National Public Health Week as a time to acknowledge the influences of public health and spotlight …

Chronic Pain and Your Brain: What’s the Deal with Depression?

Those who suffer from pain know that it can be very difficult to cope both physically and emotionally. On my radio show, we have discussed many traditional and alternative options for easing physical pain. Often, chronic pain not only hurts physically, but emotionally.  Today, let’s delve into the emotional side of pain. For example, depression …

Survival of the Fittest: Natural Remedies

When you are in pain and ibuprofen doesn’t do the trick, where are you supposed to turn? Believe it or not, natural remedies are becoming more popular and more researched in the field of pain medicine. Having the ability to try different treatments can be the perfect way to determine what helps you. There are …

Becoming Patch Adams: Laughter Curing Pain is No Joke

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, but what about when it comes to relieving pain? It is really possible that just a little laughter can actually ease physical pain? While the idea behind laughter as a pain medication is nothing new to speculative researchers, it was still an unproven concept. It was …

When Love Hurts: How Breakups Affect Us Physically

Love hurts.  It’s a phrase we’ve all heard in love songs, media, and in discussions after a heartbreak.  But what does heartbreak really doing to your body?  Loss can affect our bodies in many ways. We reveal the real effects of heartbreak in the form of stress, sleep deprivation, depression, and even unhealthy behaviors.  Let’s …

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: When You’ve Tried it All

There will come a day when you feel like you have tried everything for the pain, and it just doesn’t go away.  Some of you may already be at this point, but I have some good news for you. On my radio show, Aches and Gains, I discuss many unique therapeutic approaches with my guests. …