Monthly Archives: June 2015

Kicking Opioid Addiction

Chronic pain is a growing public health issue with economic, social and medical costs.  As the percentage of the U.S. population utilizing opioid analgesics for pain control grows, so does the rate of abuse, misuse and overdose of these drugs.  Examples of opiates include morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, heroin, oxycodone and heroin. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 2013 National… Read More
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Say OM and Chant Away Chronic Pain with Meditation

Is it possible to treat chronic pain with meditation; replacing the need for narcotics? What is involved with an effective meditation process that can reduce or eliminate pain?   Meditation is a mind and body practice used for increasing calmness, focus, relaxation and overall well-being. Meditation involves slow, regular breathing and sitting quietly for at least 15 to 20 minutes. A study published in Cognitive… Read More
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Mature Adults Exercise to Manage Chronic Pain

Even if you have never exercised regularly before the age of fifty, it is not too late to start.  Regular physical activity improves one’s overall mood, reduces joint pain and lowers blood pressure as well as the risk of developing osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes. Exercise can be an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. Studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or… Read More
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Depression and Physical Pain

Lower back pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, joint pain, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are the most common physical ailments associated with people who are depressed.  Depression can make chronic pain worse. Back pain sufferers are in greater pain when suffering from depression and headaches and stomach problems are common with people who are depressed or anxious. Many people don’t… Read More
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Does Gender Play a Role with Pain?

Any mother will tell you that if men went through the pain of childbirth, the human race would be extinct today. But do men and women really handle pain differently? Salonpas sat down with Dr. John Stavrakos, a physical medicine and rehab physician (physiatrist) on the medical staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital for his educated, front-line perspective on the differences and similarities… Read More
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