Yoga

[PODCAST] 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-Inducing Stress

10 Ways to Cope with Pain-Inducing Stress

Last week we talked about how stress can make your chronic pain worse. Stress can trigger or exacerbate muscular pain, abdominal pain, and pelvic pain. Stress can cause headaches, migraines, lower back pain, eczema, rashes, hives, immune system weakness, decreases in the number and function of white blood cells and contribute to weight gain, sleep …

Stress

How Managing Stress Can Reduce Chronic Pan

Stress is something many of us are familiar with. Between work, relationships, family, uncertainty in world affairs and ever-present political discord, stress never seems to subside. Unfortunately, stress can be extremely damaging to your health — especially if you suffer from chronic pain. For twenty-five years, The Health Resource Network and health professionals across the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Struggle with Silent Pain

Every day we see traumatic events unfolding around the world.  We watch as tragedy strikes those around us, many of us experiencing tragedy firsthand.  The 24-hour news cycle covers these events in great detail, analyzing every moment of the disaster so that we may better comprehend what is happening in the world around us.  The …

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 …