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Can Placebos Relieve Pain?

2017-05-08T12:10:07+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When doctors run clinical trials on animals, they have to do so in a way that doesn’t trigger the placebo effect. If this odd medical quirk is powerful in four legged creatures, how much more potent is it in humans? Ted Kaptchuk decided to find out. His study of sham acupuncture treatments and genuine asthma [...]

How Evolution Causes Back Pain

2017-04-24T12:07:55+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Back Pain|

Mankind might be at the top of the food chain, but it’s not because we have perfectly adapted bodies. Evolution has done a fair job of providing opposable thumbs and an efficient brain, but perhaps the back could use some improvements. A Body Made of Paperclips Jeremy DeSilva said, “Evolution works with duct tape and paperclips,” [...]

Evolutionary Biologists Puzzled Over Pain

2017-04-20T12:04:15+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Back Pain|

Painful tissue damage and inflammation tell you that they are there and need care, but even Richard Dawkins can’t find the evolutionary advantage of agony over a more tolerable, subtle ache or other signal.  Without pain, you wouldn’t know that fire is dangerous or that your aching back needs treatment. Soreness is one of the crowning [...]

What are trigger points?

2018-01-25T11:11:08+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The term “trigger point” comes with enough contention to make a doctor drop her stethoscope. It's said to be an area of sensitive connective tissue that radiates pain, and while myofascial tissue is prone to painful reactions to repetitive contractions, myofascial tissue isn’t limited to isolated trigger points. Aches in these areas are believed to be peripheral [...]

This is Your Brain on Pain

2018-01-12T22:02:11+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is more than a frustration or a nuisance, it can truly impact every aspect of your life. It reduces your quality of life. Pain can be challenging to treat. Medications work in the short-term. However, due to the risks of pain medication, many doctors and scientists are researching and endorsing other [...]

How to Cope with Painful Episodes

2017-03-28T12:51:09+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

If you experience Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, you know your pain levels fluctuate. Sometimes it's tolerable, and sometimes it takes over entirely. Some people can predict episodes based on their triggers, while for others the pain strikes unexpectedly. Managing these painful episodes greatly improves your quality of life. Here are some methods you can use [...]

Benefits of Warm Baths

2018-01-12T22:05:38+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Many people suffer from musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. If you have been suffering from painful conditions, consider perhaps the oldest form of alternative therapy: soaking in warm water. Here are some of the benefits of this ancient technique, explained in modern language:  Enhances circulation Heat improves blood circulation around aching [...]

Heat or Ice for Sore Muscles?

2017-03-14T12:42:36+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When treating muscle pain, should you opt for cold or hot therapy? This tends to confuse people who have had different results with different methods of pain relief. Some think it's better to go for hot, while others think it's better to go for cold. For muscle pain caused by an injury, it's best to [...]

7 Bad Back Habits to Avoid

2017-03-06T12:38:58+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Back Pain, Health & Wellness|

Back pain may result from a recent or past injury. It can develop gradually over time from repetitive motion, or from lack thereof. While seeking out assistance in diagnosing and treating your back can help clear up the problem, you can help yourself by avoiding these seven bad habits that cause back pain. Not Exercising [...]