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. …

But Wait! There’s More! Making Life More Than Chronic Pain

Pain is exceptionally unique. It can take over your life physically and emotionally, practically paralyzing you and preventing you from living your life the way you saw yourself living it. Managing pain is half of the battle, but being able to get ahead of pain and dealing with the psychological aspect of it is the …

What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Addiction

When we think about Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kurt Cobain, Cory Monteith, and Marilyn Monroe, we think of tragedy. These artists not only died, they went out with a bang by “living too hard”. Addiction is not what it seems in the movies or on TV. Cheryl Strayed’s recent book turned movie Wild depicted recovered heroin addicts …

JUST SAY NO: What NOT to Do When Managing Chronic Pain

There are many days where we want to do something and we know we shouldn’t while living with pain. Looking back at the good ol’ days can be a bad way to live, knowing that you can’t participate in those activities to the level you once did. Bodies change, people get older, and life changes …

Let’s Get Real: Resolutions You Should Actually Keep

What’s your New Year’s resolution? The same question is asked every single year on the same day. January 1st is fast approaching. Are you ready to start achieving your goals? For the month of January, we will be talking about the New Year and how to create a year-long game plan for yourself to follow. …