marijuana vs opioids

Medical Marijuana Preferred Over Opioids for Managing Pain

A recently published study reports that medical marijuana can be an effective and preferred treatment for pain. It found that 97% of patients said they are able to decrease the amount of opiates they consume when they also use cannabis, and 81% said that using cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition …

acupuncture

Acupuncture Successfully Used as a Replacement for Opioids in Emergency Patients

A recently published study found that acupuncture was a safe alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients arriving at accident and emergency. The study took place in four hospitals in Melbourne, Australia, and was the world’s largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments. It found that the treatment is a low-risk and effective alternative …

Fibromyalgia with ReachMD

Addressing Fibromyalgia: From Timely Diagnosis to Individualizing Treatment

Dr. Paul Christo partnered with ReachMD to bring you an educational activity, teaching you the signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia, treatments and therapies, and an ultimate enhanced quality of life. Fibromyalgia is a common disorder characterized by widespread chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, and cognitive impairment, which may fluctuate in intensity.  Symptoms of fibromyalgia …

Yoga

Yoga for Well-Being and Comfort

Aches and Gains radio guest Dima, a vice president in financial services, suffered a serious motorcycle accident and Jiu jitzu injury, which left him with a herniated disc and severe pain. Always athletic, active and outgoing, Dima’s chronic pain forced him to step away from the quality of life he was accustomed to, an all …

Pain-Coping Blogs Every Woman Should Know

More than 100 million Americans suffer from pain, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. According a 2009 U.S. Health and Human Services Report, women are more likely than men to experience migraines, neck pain, lower back pain, or face or …

Stress and More Stress, Part I

Have you ever wondered whether stress triggers that nagging backache or headache? Our guest, Dr. Kathleen Hall, is an international stress expert that has worked with several Fortune 500 companies on stress and work life balance. She’s also the founder of The Stress Institute® and Mindful Living Network®. We’ll find out firsthand just how to …

Breast Cancer

Beating Breast Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know

Those who are battling breast cancer are bound to feel pain at some point. It may result from the cancer itself or from the treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other therapies. Regardless of the stage of the cancer, pain can occur. In fact, as many as 50% of cancer patients with pain may …

The Benefits of Yoga for Pain

Yoga is one of the top 10 most popular alternative medicine therapies for health. It is 4,000 years old and has been used as a method for physical and spiritual healing for physical and mental well-being. Along with massage and Pilates, consumers rate yoga equivalent to prescription medications for easing low back pain and can …

How Stress Affects Pain

What is stress? Stress occurs when we perceive an event as negative or fearful, causing the body to produce certain hormones and activate its defense system. The nervous system acts as if the body is prepared to fight, and uses the motor system to escape. The endocrine system produces the fight-or-flight response. The immune system …

Relaxation and Pain Relief

Chronic pain is very complex and so is stress. Stress can actually contribute to chronic pain. If you are under stress and also suffer from chronic pain, you are in luck. There are plenty of relaxation exercises that you can incorporate into your pain-management plan that will both reduce stress and pain. First, we need …