Posts tagged complex pain
How Low-Grade Inflammation Wreaks Havoc

Inflammation has been on mind. Why? Because recently I had a ‘Lyme flare-up’ that kicked in at the start of a nearly month-long travel adventure. Now, if I’m honest, the flare-up didn't come out of the blue. There were several subtle signals that I was kicking up a bit of low-grade inflammation in the weeks before I hit the road.

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Mood, Food, Inflammation & Mental Health

Mental health issues have a huge impact on society. Some suggest that their impact is larger than any other chronic disease, including heart disease or diabetes. And if you suffer from persistent pain, then you're four times as likely to have depression or anxiety than those who are pain-free. 

There are so many factors involved in complex conditions like mental health issues and persistent pain. But today, we're going to look at just one of these factors — inflammation.

First, we’ll go over a few of the links between inflammation and mental health. Then, we’ll talk about some exciting research into natural approaches - things like foods, nutrients, and lifestyle upgrades - and how these are related to better mental health.

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Journey Back To Wellness with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Thirty-seven years ago, my life was abruptly altered. It was my last year of college and I woke up one night with so much pain in my ribs – both front and back – that I had difficulty breathing.

It continued to happen night after night and I knew that I’d better get it checked out.

Within a week, my parents took me to a rheumatologist? Why that specialty? Because oddly enough my sister – who is five years my senior – had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis eight years earlier and they thought it was possible that I also had RA. They were close enough.

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From Trail Troubles to Happy Hiking

A few weeks ago I went on a relatively short and easy hike in the woods, a trail I had been on before. It led to a beautiful watering hole where a stream became a waterfall, ultimately flowing into a large pool for swimming before continuing onward. The trail was quite wide and did not have many obstructions to deal with; it was also relatively flat.

Along I plodded, anxious to reach the water to cool off as it was an exceptionally hot and muggy day.  Halfway there and my feet and back were already tiring. By the time I reached all of the action, which was only a mile in, my feet had moved past tiring to aching.

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Understanding Pain - A Brief Overview

This is a wonderful video that gives a great overview on understanding pain, especially chronic pain, and how to address it in a comprehensive way. In fact, the bulk of the work I do is geared towards helping folks with complex pain implement the lifestyle changes necessary to help them to move beyond pain. 

In my experience, most people who experience complex pain do best when addressing their pain on many fronts, most of which are listed in this video. Although this video wasn’t designed with the Feldenkrais Method® in mind, per se, ALL of the highlights of this program resonate with my professional perspective on working with pain.

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Moving In Water

For better or worse, cold weather has finally arrived in the Northeast. I actually prefer the cool, crisp air of Winter over the hot and muggy days of Summer.

Still, I am not a huge fan of outdoor walks this time of year. So I was faced with the perennial question, “What can I do to keep moving this winter?” My favorite answer: Swimming! Indoors, that is. Probably not surprisingly, I shiver at the thought of joining one of these ‘polar bear’ clubs where some folks run into icy cold lakes in their skivvies!

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