Evidence Supports Integrating Other Treatments with Dry Needling for Low Back Pain

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As many as 85% of all people globally have experienced low-back pain in their lifetimes. No one is exempt whether sedentary or a professional athlete. It is so common that low back pain the the most frequently reported reason that people see their doctor. For that reason alone, this studyRead …

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America’s Pain Epidemic Needs Voices and Wisdom from Integrative Medicine

America has a pain epidemic. The symptom is opioid addiction. The solution? It lies within integrative medicine. It’s time to speak up because as solutions like the NIH HEAL Initiative (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) and this week’s JAMA opinion column on HEAL are released, it’s clear that something is missing. WhatRead …

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Pain Tracker Assessment Proves Positive for Patients with Chronic Pain

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Pain, it’s a national epidemic. This study supports what you already know: People in chronic pain are some of the most difficult patients to treat. Pain is complex and the circumstances that lead to chronic pain are not easy to remedy. This study from University Washington’s Medicine Center for PainRead …

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Education Improves Patients’ Shift Toward Active-Pain Management Solutions

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In this study, researchers explore the advantages of an active complementary and integrative therapy for long-term, chronic-pain management. Active-pain management employs self-hypnosis, relaxation techniques and mindfulness practices in a home setting, but only if the patient is adequately educated beforehand. This study shows that the ideal pain management model ofRead …

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Two JAMA Studies with Podcast: Legal Cannabis Reduces Opioid Prescribing

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Recently the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published two studies and commentary on the relationship between legal cannabis use and opioid prescribing rates and patterns. We provide an 11-minute podcast from the authors and the study abstract summaries below. One study examines state implementation of medical and adult-useRead …

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Women Suffer Unnecessarily from Pain

A growing body of research is revealing some painful facts on the way women are treated for pain and how their doctors perceive their pain. The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA) conducted the literature review and issued the Women’s Pain Update to help raise awareness of the many options availableRead …

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Acupressure Relieves Sleep Related Neck and Shoulder Pain (Nakchim)

This study reviews the value of acupressure as a drug-free treatment option for a certain type of neck and shoulder pain. East Asian traditional medicine (EATM) describes a particular type of neck and shoulder pain, called nakchim, which occurs from the wrong sleeping posture, neck muscle abnormality and wind-cold assailing.Read …

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Interdisciplinary Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Study

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Chronic and severe pain affects from 25% to 37% of children and adolescents, which can lead to pain-related disabilities, increased school absences, avoidance of social activities, disrupted eating and sleep routines, as well as mood disorders and depression. With growing worry about drug addiction from prescribed pain medications, an interdisciplinaryRead …

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Flavocoxid: Dual Inhibitor of Cyclooxegenase and 5-Lipoxegenase

Integrative medicine clinicians from various professional backgrounds and fields are encountering an ever-growing population of patients/clients suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions, many of these being inflammatory in nature including; sports injuries, degenerative and inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune-related disorders, and many more. Many of these patients experience significant gastrointestinal, renal,

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