By Katrina Farber, LMT, BCMT
Arthritis is a commonly known chronic condition commonly associated with age. We often hear the phrase “Well, I’m just getting old. Everything is starting to hurt.” Arthritis is actually a general term used to describe over 100 different joint diseases, though, and can affect people of many age groups. It is not just a disease effecting older adults. Over 50 million Americans suffer with some type of arthritis, which makes it the #1 cause of disability in the country. The pain and discomfort related to arthritis can occur in any joint of the body, and can affect more than one area of the body. (About Arthritis, 2017)
Massage therapy is frequently used to assist with various types of pain management. Arthritis is one of the many conditions often recommended to seek out massage care. For instance, in a study of hand/wrist arthritis, patients were given professional massage care as well as taught self-massage for home care. After 4 weeks, these patients reported less pain and greater grip strength. (Field, 2007)
Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a genetic condition that affects the production of collagen which is used to provide strength and elasticity to many of the body’s tissues. People with EDS tend to have highly flexible joints, fragile skin and may develop chronic pain. There are several different forms of EDS, and associated conditions can include craniocervical instability, mitral valve prolapse, malfunctions of the autonomic nervous system and, in vascular EDS, rupture of major blood vessels and organs. This lecture provides an integrative approach to pain management for patients with EDS.
By Brian Morrison, DC
The American Chronic Pain Association reminds us that the month of September has been declared Pain Awareness Month. “Pain Awareness Month is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.”
Chronic pain treatment has been in the spotlight recently due to rising concerns about the dangers of taking opiate medications in an attempt to manage it. Issues include addiction, over-dose and death, gateway to illegal drugs and “opiate induced hypersensitivity” whereby exposure to opiates causes the patient to become more sensitive and experience more pain.
Chronic pain also presents a substantial economic and public health burden. The following map, based on current figures and census data on state populations, estimates that 116,000,000 Americans experience chronic pain. Imagine every human being in the shaded states experiencing ongoing pain. (1)
Imagine the entire shaded region, 116 million people, where every single individual experiences ongoing pain every day. Every person you see on the street, on a bus, at home, at work… including you, is in pain almost all of the time. I think we need more than a Pain Awareness Month to address this, but it’s a start!
By Kat Farber, LMT, BCMT
Aromatherapy (use of essential oils) can be a helpful, safe, and enjoyable method of practicing self-care for pain, as well as other conditions. But before you reach for an essential oil, there are some important things you should know to be safe, how to select the right oil for your concern, and where to find reliable information when you have questions.
We interviewed acupuncturist Brian Jackson, LAc about how acupuncture can help with pain management. Here's what he told us:
Q: Studies show that acupuncture can be helpful for relieving many kinds of pain. Is it better for general aches or can it help with chronic conditions?
By Donna Audia, RN
Holistic nursing is defined as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal” (American Holistic Nurses’ Association, 1998, Description of Holistic Nursing). Holistic nursing is a specialty practice that draws on nursing knowledge, theories, expertise and intuition to guide nurses in becoming therapeutic partners with people in their care. This practice recognizes the totality of the human being - the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, social/cultural, relationship, context, and environment.
By Michelle Peralta, BS, RYT-200
Holidays can be stressful for everyone. Whether you are hosting the party or travelling some distance to enjoy the time with family and friends, we all seem to have additional stress around the holidays. In this article you will find a few poses that will help alleviate any pain and mental stress you might be experiencing.
By: Brian Morrison, DC
Researchers asked Americans: “Do you visit a chiropractor or osteopathic physician for “hands on” therapy? Are you looking for treatment of a specific health problem or are you interested in disease prevention/general health and wellness enhancement?”
By: Rebekah Frizzelle-Owens, LMT, BCTMB, CPMT, CIMI
Many people live with chronic upper back pain. If it is due to muscular irregularities caused by poor posture, stress, or too much time at the keyboard, you can try these easy self-massage techniques – all done with a tennis ball!
Using a wall is the easiest and most convenient way to use a tennis ball to massage your back. Lean in to it gently and roll around until you find your tight areas. Press in on them with as much or little press as is comfortable for as long as is comfortable. Ideally, it will "hurt so good" (which is generally a 5-7 on the 0-10 pain scale) and will feel satisfying. The ball can go anywhere on your back - EXCEPT your spine - including middle and lower areas.
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