The Whole Picture of Chronic Pain Isn't What You Think

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As the chronic pain epidemic continues to pour over into the opioid epidemic, new research continues to break down the complexity of chronic pain. Just a few short years ago, chronic pain was viewed completely from a biomechanical perspective. When the medical community realized that treating only the injury was not only not working, but the epidemic of chronic pain continued to worsen they realized they needed to take a step back and look at the whole person. What has been discovered has been an eye-opening look at how chronic pain involves factors beyond what is happening within body tissue. Now, we take a broader look at the whole person and understand chronic pain has a multitude of origins.

The Actual Risk Factors for Chronic Pain

Over time, physicians and other professionals realized the amount of tissue damage...

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When Body Alignment Matters: Function v. Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States, with an annual cost estimated to be about $100 billion. These costs are associated with healthcare expenses, lost income, and lost productivity. A majority of adults experience acute pain at least once in their lives with about 28% later developing chronic pain.

With the nation’s growing opioid epidemic, there's been considerable emphasis on understanding the sources of chronic pain. Many mistakenly believe that tissue damage is directly correlated with a person’s risk of developing chronic pain. Statements from medical professionals to their patients which include “Your MRI shows that you have the spine of an 80 year old and you can expect to be in pain for the rest of your life” or “just avoid stairs or squatting entirely if your knees are hurting” just further exacerbate the myths surrounding chronic pain.

There is much confusion regarding body alignment, movement, and pain...

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What You Need to Know About Your Back Pain

Are you one of the millions of people living with chronic back pain?

Have you been told by a medical provider your pain is due to arthritis? That you have the spine of an 80 year old? Or there is nothing that can be done about your back pain?

If so, you aren't alone. And unfortunately, what is often left out of this discussion is the fact that aging of the spine is perfectly NORMAL. Yes, it's not even abnormal to start to see signs of arthritis on imaging as young as age 30! Arthritic changes within your joints does not automatically lead to chronic pain and limited quality of life. 

So, what gives and where is your back pain really coming from?

Why You Are Really More Likely to Experience Back Pain With Age

Age causes an increase low back pain for a variety of other reasons. About one in three older adults will experience low back pain. As we stated above, there are normal and expected changes in the spine that come with age include changes in posture, decrease...

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Can't Sleep? Start Here.

Are you one of the millions of people who struggle to get a good night's sleep on a regular basis? If so, you aren't alone. This is one of the most common problems we hear from our clients during their first visit. 

There are many reasons why you might not be sleeping well from struggling with falling asleep in the first place to waking up too frequently throughout the night.

As we've mentioned before, sleep is critical to your body's ability to heal, so this is one of the first areas we start to address with new clients. 

If you are struggling to sleep you've come to the right place!

First Some Information About Sleep...

Good quality sleep is a basic human need that tends to be overlooked in the discussion on health and wellness. When is the last time you talked to your medical provider about a new health problem you are experiencing and they asked about your sleep?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 19% of adults in the US...

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