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February 26, 2017

Do you suffer with chronic neck pain? Chances are, you are also dealing with occipital neuralgia or migraines[1], insomnia, stiffness in your shoulders, pain when turning your neck and a host of other issues. If the cause of the pain is compressed spinal nerves or spinal stenosis, you might also have pain in the tricep, deltoid or bicep muscle of your arms. 

First, see your doctor. Get a complete check-up, including X-rays and an MRI[2] of your neck. Find out what the issue is and get a complete list of options to try to manage the pain. The doctor might recommend physiotherapy, but likely you will also need some medication such as a muscle relaxant or arthritic pharmaceuticals to manage the pain. This might be enough to all...

February 19, 2017

KNOWLEDGE

Chronic pain is a debilitating illness that affects a staggering 19% of the European population according to the European Journal of Pain. [1]  If we agree that European life and Canadian life are similar, then we can assume 19% of the Canadian adult population suffers at the same rate. One out of five people have chronic pain and most of them will not seek treatment, or will have treatment that fails them.

First, most people turn to over the counter medication. Most often, this band aids the problem, but with time, chronic pain returns stronger than ever. Next, people will see a doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, physiotherapist, massage therapist and more. They will pay thousands of dollars, and get partial relief. T...

February 5, 2017

Definition of Emotion

  1. 1a obsolete  :  disturbanceb :  excitement

  2. 2a :  the affective aspect of consciousness: feeling b: a state of feeling c: a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body [1]

Definition of Pain

  1. 1:  punishment the pains and penalties of crime

  2. 2a :  usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury) the pain of a twisted ankle; also   a: basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, recei...

February 4, 2017

Chronic pain is felt in the body; in the shoulders, neck, back, headaches, BUT the amazing thing is, chronic pain is almost always about the brain.

See, this funny thing happens to people that are in chronic pain. They feel the pain every single day. Sometimes movements make it worse, before it makes it better, but people stop at the first sign of movement because they think “Oh doing yoga made it so much worse, therefore yoga is bad, wrong, horrific, ... fill in your adjective here.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. If you experience more pain from movement, it could be because of several reasons: you pushed too hard, too quickly, you moved in a way that the muscle and connective tissue was not used to because you have he...

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