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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

Cindy Perlin, LCSW Many of the 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States have been depending on opioids to manage their pain, some for decades. In the last few years, concerns about addiction and deaths from prescription opioids have resulted in changes in guidelines regarding opioid use and a crackdown on physicians who prescribe opioids. Many physicians are refusing to continue prescribing opioids to their patients.  Others are refusing to take on any new patients who have chronic pain. Patients who lose their doctors due to retirement, relocation, DEA prosecution or license revocation often have no place to turn for their medication. There’ve been numerous reports of pain patients committing suicide after their doctor discontinued their opioids and they could no longer tolerate the unremitting...


What Simple Lifestyle Changes Help Prevent Back Pain?

Maintain good posture as lack of which can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine causing back pain. Increased weight always applies added pressure to the spine and the entire anatomy. Keep your weight in a healthy range for your age, bone structure and height. Look for a pair of shoes with good arch support. Back pain symptoms can range in intensity from mild to severe. Back pain can last less than six weeks (acute), or it can last for more than three months (chronic). Experts estimate that about 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives [1]. What Causes Back Pain? Accidents and sports injuries are the most common causes of chronic back pain. Other conditions commonly linked...


Top 11 Natural Ways to Relieve and Eliminate Sciatic Pain

by Sierra Bright 1. Discontinue gym workouts Exercise is a good thing, but not strenuous workouts, especially when your sciatic nerve is under stress. Many gym equipment restrict the natural moving patterns of our body. Repetitive movements with gym equipment can further strain your lower back and aggravate inflammation. Even upper body exercises can put extra strain on the lower back, particularly lifting weights. Substitute gym workouts with natural activities like walking, running and swimming. 2. Do stretching exercises Sciatica pain may dissuade you from stretching the lower back and the legs but gently performed stretching exercises may bring you pain relief. It may even help resolve the underlying problem. Gentle stretching can relieve the stress on the Piriformis muscle and the hamstring, thereby relieving sciatica-like symptoms. As a...

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Top 6 Yoga Poses To Help Eliminate Back Pain

by Good News Network Fifteen years ago, I was not acting my age. Since I would recoil from any form of exercise, as well as any green foods, I was overweight, inflexible … and debilitated by back pain. The 40 extra pounds on my frame — plus tight, shortened back muscles and weak abs — left me moving like an 80-year-old version of myself. I started reading up and realized a shocking number of people who suffer from back pain, partly from hours of sitting in a way that flattens the low back curve. (BTW, a Balance Ball Chair System, the very one I’m sitting on as I write this, is a great tool to help build core strength and re-align your spine.) Then, I found yoga. Over time,...

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Best Breathing Strategies To Reduce Back Pain

by Erik Dalton Ph.D. [embed]https://youtu.be/AvdryWMZRFI[/embed] It is essential that manual and corrective exercise therapists develop a good basic understanding of rib cage and thoracic spine (t-spine) biomechanics and their relationship to optimal breathing. When we think of breathing, usually we think of the respiratory system, but, in fact, most believe the neuromyoskeletal system drives the mechanics and coordination of human respiration. The famed Czech researcher Dr. Karel Lewit states: “Respiration is our primary and most important movement pattern… and also the most dysfunctional.” Most clinicians are aware of how breathing affects posture, alignment, and bodily functions, but there is much confusion when it comes to treating underlying joint and myofascial disorders. This article presents an overview of breathing anatomy, assessment and treatment strategies to help clients breathe...

Back it Up: Before You Go Under the Knife, Consider These Alternatives

by Chelsi Briggs Leave a Comment Back surgery can be –well–a pain in the neck (and back). While 56 million Americans suffer from back pain, only an estimated five percent require surgery. Surgery isn’t always the ideal treatment and operations can fail or lead to additional operations. Although back surgery is one course of action, there are effective alternatives to consider before going under the knife. From herbal remedies, acupuncture and yoga to chiropractic adjustments and epidural injections, we’ve got the details on the top alternatives to help choose what’s best for you! Read more: http://paininjuryrelief.com/back-surgery-alternatives/#ixzz4JlW1x5Il...