DSM-5 represents a wholesale, imperial medicalization of normality. So many new and untested diagnoses; so many reduced thresholds for the old ones. Pretty soon everyone will have a diagnosis and many will have a whole bunch of them.
Prolonged sitting, like at a computer, puts a kind of chokehold on the disc, cutting off the blood supply it needs. This combination of pressure and the concurrent decrease in blood and the nutrients it carries to the discs increases the back's risk of injury.
Now on the other side of the decision, here are the three things I think are important to understand as you decide whether to have knee replacement surgery.
Let's just call it like it is. Women take pain, panic, worry, anger, hurt and fear without missing a beat and all the while, wearing a smile.
Most patients who develop low back pain have a vague memory that stretching is helpful for the low back and try to fix the problem by doing stretches that target that area, but sometimes, stretching can exasperate the injury and cause even more pain.
Over the past year, I've been getting involved with several animal rescue groups in the Los Angeles area where I live. Their Facebook pages are compelling and the dramatic rescue videos they post often go viral - with good reason.
Don't be discouraged if it takes time to access release through breathing; it will happen eventually, and it is an invaluable tool for de-stressing. Making these connections between breath and body heightens sensitivity and prompts us to take better care of ourselves.
We can use emotional and physical triggers to lead us onto a path of discovery. The unwinding and healing of the trauma trail has many steps. Each step taken is an act of power, which also builds self-respect.
Chronic pain is hard to explain and even harder for people to understand. They assume your new medicine will make you better. They assume you'll be fine once the medicine kicks in. But the reality is that most of my moments, even the most joyous ones, are quietly humming with pain.
While some habits are commonly accepted as unhealthy, there are other everyday behaviors that don't seem harmful but in actuality may be damaging your body. Could you be harming your kidneys without realizing it?
What's the biggest secret woman need to know about making their shoes comfortable for 2013? Buying shoes with proper arch support is the most important thing that women should do.
Being diagnosed with a condition that causes chronic pain can put a severe damper or even a hold on your life. So even if your friend or loved one isn't talking to you about it, here are some things you should know.
'It is all in your head' is no more helpful an answer to the patient's puzzling and troubling question than were 'the spirits are angry' or 'the gods are punishing you' or 'your four humors are unbalanced.'
Clients with whom I've worked suffering from chronic pain symptoms often articulate to me that the most frustrating aspect of living with chronic pain is the unpredictability of the symptoms themselves.
Last August I abandoned my health insurance company when they escalated my premiums from $400 a month to nearly $1,200 a month in just a few years because they could. I have rheumatoid arthritis, an allegedly incurable malady that can cause severe inflammation and pain, and possible early death.
The medical profession faces the dueling challenges of addressing the acute pain that accompanies almost all medical procedures and also reducing any unintentional drug addiction.
The New York Times must be sleeping under a rock if they think that women can't do pull-ups. Don't believe the hype. Ladies, you can do pull-ups and I'll tell you how.
Current research reports that alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, and medical marijuana (cannabis) can offer natural relief from chronic pain.
Last August, I told Kaiser Permanente to permanently kiss my backside when they escalated my premiums from $400 a month to nearly $1,200 a month in a few short years simply because they could. I am today in pain and without medical insurance, which psychologically hurts.
We are in control of our health, and can and should be proactive. Without physician referral, it is imperative that we take upon ourselves the initiative to research and explore these and any natural therapeutic options.