Researchers Identify Biomarker Blood Test to Measure Pain

A breakthrough test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Indiana, and throughout the rest of the nation. A study led by psychiatry professor Alexander Niculescu, MD, PhD and published in Nature journal Molecular PsychiatryRead …

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Low-Level Laser Therapy as a Non-Pharma Option for Chronic Pain and Osteoarthritis

As the pressure to adopt non-pharma solutions for chronic pain become more imperative, integrative providers are looking at low-level laser therapy as a viable option. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of light therapy that triggers biochemical changes within cells. Photons are absorbed by cellular photoreceptors, triggering chemical alterations

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ACT NOW! IHPC Call to Comment on HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

Want your voice heard about integrative pain management? The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force issued its draft report in late Dec. 2018. The comment period is open for the next 90 days, until March 28, 2019. The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force), in aRead …

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Webinar: Drs. Vanila Singh and Shari Ling on the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

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It’s no secret that there is an opioid addiction crisis in this country and that opioid prescriptions have played a role in this epidemic. To the integrative health community, it’s also no secret that part of the solution lies with integrative pain management protocols. What you may not know isRead …

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Inclusion Check-in: Are Integrative Practices in New Federal Opioid Legislation, National Academy, and FDA Activity?

One can easily count the chickens of non-pharmacological approaches highlighted in multiple organizational guidelines and state strategies related to pain and opioids. But one definitely cannot count on them hatching inside each new, significant policy initiative. Regular medicine tends to regress toward a non-inclusive mean in pain treatment. And “mean”Read …

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Chronic Pain: In Search of the Underlying Cause, By Emily Telfair, ND

Within my first few weeks of beginning naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University, I was introduced to a core naturopathic principle, Tolle Causam, or “Treat the Underlying Cause.” While the concept seemed to make perfect sense – of course my patients will improve when I treat the root source ofRead …

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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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