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 …

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 …

Art Therapy, Part II

Have you ever wanted to sink your hands into piece of clay and rip it apart when you’re angry or upset? Imagine using an art form, like clay, or paint, or photography as a way to control your pain. You might be surprised to find out just how effective art therapy manages your symptoms. Rachel …

Art Therapy, Part I

Have you ever wanted to sink your hands into piece of clay and rip it apart when you’re angry or upset? Imagine using an art form, like clay, or paint, or photography as a way to control your pain. You might be surprised to find out just how effective art therapy manages your symptoms. Rachel …

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 …

Paindemic

Dr. Melissa Cady, the Challenge Doctor is here to talk about her book, Paindemic. We’ll discuss when medical treatments can help and which ones to avoid, when complimentary and holistic approaches can benefit, and how we can take charge of our own health instead of waiting for somebody to do it for us.    

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 …