Far from the sensory deprivation tanks used to isolate and traumatize people in movies in the 1980s, or Northern Ireland’s use of sensory deprivation for torture, today’s float tanks focus on pain relief and relaxation. Also used by professional athletes and artists for motivation and visualization, one small study supported the claim that float tanks could offer natural long-lasting relief for a variety of conditions including back pain, arthritis pain, stress, and relief of anxiety and depression.
Most people think of advanced age when they consider hip injury or replacement, but these days young athletes are experiencing hip and knee injury and even replacement in adolescence. The rise of year-round competitive sports has caused an increase in the number of hip injury and replacements experienced by young athletes. This Pain Doctor post looked at ways to minimize the pain, recovery time, and repetition of the treatment.
Dietary change can be intimidating, but they do not have to be an “all or nothing” proposition. This post looked at changes you can make right now to improve your diet, including simple things like adding yogurt to your diet and making sure to get enough omega-3 fatty acids by incorporating healthy fish like salmon.
Fibromyalgia diagnoses continue to rise every year. When initially classified as a condition, many doctors prescribed rest and easy living on painful days, but more and more research is proving the benefit of regular, daily exercise for patients with fibromyalgia, even on painful days. This Pain Doctor post outlines some of the reasons why exercise is so important for people suffering from fibromyalgia. Bonus post: here are some exercise guidelines for chronic pain patients to help you get started!
September was Chronic Pain Awareness Month, and this post laid bare the common misconceptions of chronic pain sufferers. One and a half billion people suffer from chronic pain at some point in their lives, and they know that:
- Chronic pain is not in their head
- They would choose not to have chronic pain if they could
- They are doing the best they can on any given day, and “the best they can” may change daily
- They want to be free from pain
- They are more likely to suffer from depression and other mental disorders like anxiety than those without chronic pain
- They need the support and love of their family and community to better deal with pain
This Pain Doctor post was a great way to help build awareness of chronic pain and its impacts on all aspects of life. It also offered encouragement and positive support for chronic pain sufferers with the quote “Chronic pain shatters lives. Let’s change that.”
We love these 13 food blogs for not only their cooking tips, recipes, and photography but also for the way the authors let us into their lives. Many of the authors have dietary concerns in line with people suffering from chronic pain conditions, and their recipes and stories reflect those challenges. In addition, these food blogs are a great resource for other websites and books on eating better and healthy living. They offer their advice in a friendly way that is not intimidating to kitchen beginners.
Social media has revolutionized our access to information, but sometimes too much can be overwhelming. This Pain Doctor post lays out some excellent Pinterest boards for diabetes and helps find the very best information available for diet, exercise, and diabetes in general. Information is power, and these Pinterest boards help organize what’s out there to get the most benefit.
Working out when you have back pain can be a tricky balance. You want to get a vigorous workout without aggravating an injury. This post lays out the best workouts for those who suffer from either episodic or chronic back pain, including those workouts that strengthen the core muscles that support the back.
One of our favorite Pain Doctor posts this year highlighted the best fibromyalgia blogs of 2014. These bloggers offer insight and humor, telling their stories and inviting us to share their pain. The overwhelmingly positive message of these blogs inspired us in our own work at Pain Doctor, and we thought they might inspire other fibromyalgia sufferers to look at the world a bit differently. At the very least they made us laugh and realize that chronic pain sufferers are not alone!
The toll that chronic pain takes on a family is immeasurable. It is more than just days lost from work or dollars out of the bank account. Chronic pain patients and their families experience high rates of divorce and marital discord. Children of chronic pain patients suffer at school and at home as they watch their parents try to cope with a long-term condition. This post gives tips for patients, caregivers, and families on how to deal with the unique issues that arise when dealing with chronic pain. Chronic pain treatment is a marathon, not a sprint, and it is important to get (and give) the support needed to make it to the finish line.
We hope that you found something inspiring in what we posted this year. Our goal is to provide you with the latest research and information on holistic health and treatment options for your pain condition.
What posts have you enjoyed the most this year, and what would you like to see in 2015?
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