chronic pain

Why is Chronic Pain Worse in Winter?

If you’re like many people living with chronic pain, you feel worse when the cold weather sets in. While there’s not as much scientific evidence as you’d think that connects weather changes and chronic pain, some studies have shown slight associations between pain and temperature, humidity, wind speed and barometric pressure. Most evidence is linked to weather’s effects on those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

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fibromyalgia

Suffering from Fibromyalgia? How to Cope 

One of the most common chronic pain disorders, fibromyalgia affects more than five million people in this country. It is also the second most common condition affecting the bones and muscles. Unfortunately, it’s also quite frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Highlighted by classic symptoms like muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia is also accompanied by fatigue. There is no cure at this time for this condition; however, there are ways you can manage your symptoms in everyday life.

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Ways to Lose Weight in Winter

Winter is on its way and with it, holiday meals, candy, pies, and temptation at every turn. The weather gets colder and the days get shorter, making it more difficult to get outdoors and easier to stay on the couch. So how can you lose weight in winter? Well, keep in mind there are two key factors in successful weight loss: staying fit AND keeping your hunger levels in check.

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Migraines vs. Headaches: Know the Difference

Pain or pressure in the head can have many different sources and causes. Therefore, it can be tough to tell whether you’re suffering from a traditional headache or a migraine. It’s important to know the difference so you can get the right treatment and even prevent them in the future. In general, migraines are characterized by throbbing that worsens with any kind of physical exertion, such as walking upstairs. Headaches are more chronic and steady, characterized by a band-like pressure or tightness.

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You Can Run Without the Pain

It is common for runners to experience chronic pain. As an example, a recent study from the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy focused on the incidence of exercise-related leg pain (ERLP). 225 adult community runners who registered for a race in St. Louis (either the half or full version of the Lewis & Clark Marathon) were asked to complete a questionnaire answering questions about any experience of ERLP (or lack thereof), demographic characteristics, and risk factors. An incredible 63.6% said that they had suffered from ERLP at some point.

Running does not have to be painful. Here are four tips so that you can keep the aches from interrupting your workout routine:

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Managing Stress for Neck Pain Relief

Relax. With all the concerns and worries of modern life, that can be a challenging direction to follow. However, stress can have a major impact on the body, contributing to headaches and the excessive muscular tightness that is often a precursor to pain. In this sense, combating stress is a pain-relief treatment.

The neck is one area of the body that is most susceptible to a physical manifestation of stress. More broadly, the region that includes the head, neck, and shoulders is particularly vulnerable to stress-related pain.

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5 Tips to Avoid Sports Injuries This Summer

The summer months usher in a season of increased activity for most Americans, and unfortunately, a resulting increase in physician visits with complaints of pain caused by injuries. Whether you’re engaging in sports for fitness or competition, the last thing you want is to be sidelined because of an accident or chronic aches and pains. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a full 25% of injuries can be avoided by proper preventative action. How can you avoid sports injuries and stay in the game this summer?

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