virtual reality

Futuristic Pain Relief

The excruciating pain of having a burn wound cleaned can make you wish that you could be anywhere else—as far away as possible. An arctic snowscape, perhaps. With immersive virtual reality (VR), that option is transcending the hypothetical. Immersed in a VR world while undergoing painful treatment, people reported a 20-40 percent reduction in pain. …

Four New Year’s Resolutions You Haven’t Made Yet

We are all aware of standard New Year’s resolutions – eat healthier and exercise more to lose weight and improve our lives. Both foods and exercise can have important pain-reducing effects. In addition, let’s consider lesser known strategies for feeling better, and overcoming pain in the New Year. Find someone who inspires you: Many celebrities …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

My Favorite Blogs: Advancing in Overall Pain Awareness

The medical field is an ongoing and evolving profession that is constantly in search of the next treatment for our patients’ ailments.  I began blogging as a way to provide the most current and important information to my patients and the public, as well as a way for me to stay on top of the …

Pain is the Number One Health Problem

In one of my more popular radio show episodes, “American’s Biggest Health Problem” https://paulchristomd.com/pain-americas-biggest-health-problem-part-i/.  I discuss the chronic pain crisis with award-winning health journalist and author Judy Foreman. Her book, A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem, covers surprising and comprehensive research into what many consider our biggest health concern today. Judy said …