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 …

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. …

Christmas Wish List for Pain

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is here along with the anxiety many of us feel trying to find the perfect gift. If you have a loved one struggling with pain, this list can help you narrow down the endless products you see promoted during the holidays. If you made the “Nice …

Holiday Meals: Top Things to Avoid For Pain Relief

Food is a necessity of life, but what many people don’t realize is how certain foods can trigger inflammation. Many foods have chemicals that release neurotransmitters making your body more sensitive to inflammation and cell damage. Sensitivity due to Fibromyalgia, IBS, arthritis, and many more chronic pain inducing conditions can be heightened by eating these …

Ways To Stay Active As the Temperature Drops

As the temperature begins to drop, so do many of our activity levels.  It is important to remain active through colder months and get creative with your exercise and diet routine.  It is easy to become complacent when the weather is not ideal, but with these simple tips we can keep you on track for …

How to Prevent Pain

Millions of adults across the United States live with chronic pain. While you cannot mitigate all of the biological, psychological, and lifestyle risk factors associated with chronic pain, you can work to promote your own healthy lifestyle habits which helps decrease some of these risk factors. Developing and maintaining good physical and mental health routines …

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

How often have you said, “This pain will never go away?” Persistent negative beliefs can maintain and amplify pain. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on approach to therapy, and can have remarkable results.. It helps patients cope with pain, and even more. It changes how our brain …