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 …

pain awareness month 2015

Spotlight on Pain: Understanding The Physical & Emotional Impact

One-third of the U.S. adult population suffers from chronic pain. Since establishing September as Pain Awareness Month in 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) has continued to keep pain and pain management issues in the public eye through Partners for Understanding Pain, a consortium consisting of 80 organizations, which include health-condition-specific groups as well …

Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. have Lupus.

Managing Lupus Symptoms with Holistic Medicine

Many lupus patients have found that holistic approaches for pain relief provide them with a level of comfort and aid in managing their symptoms. Managing the symptoms associated with lupus flare-ups is part of life for the more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. who suffer from this chronic autoimmune disease, 90 percent of …

Stress and More Stress, Part II

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 …