Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

I’m overly conscientious. Some might think this is a good trait, particularly when they happen to be on the receiving end of my hyper-conscientiousness. I will always arrive on time (or early and sit in my car and wait until the appointed time), deliver whatever it is I promised you, return your calls, and you … Read more

How Healing Touch Therapy Works

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Florence Nightingale believed in it. So do Native Americans and shamans in African culture. And the Chinese began using it as long as 5,000 years ago. We’re talking about Healing Touch, or more specifically, the art of energy medicine. At its most basic level, Healing Touch is an integrative medicine approach involving the use of … Read more

Aromatherapy and Its Use in Chronic Pain

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by Blaire Morriss, ANP-BC, RN If you’ve ever smelled lavender and felt calmed, or had the perfume of a freshly peeled orange brighten a moment, you’ve directly experienced the powerful effects of scent. Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils, has experienced renewed popularity in recent years as a tool on the journey of health and wellness. … Read more

Automatic Thoughts and Pain

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by Dee Emmerson, TCC Writer Kevin hurts all the time since his accident. After learning how thoughts become automatic, he’s noticing that his pain gets worse with certain ways of thinking. Because this surprises and baffles him, he’s trying to pay attention to the relationship between his thoughts and his pain. So far he’s identified several instances … Read more

Urban Farming

The old adage “you are what you eat” could be the unofficial motto for a community initiative currently under way in one North Carolina city. Against an urban backdrop that includes repurposed tobacco factories, new medical and research facilities and a mix of art galleries, offices and restaurants, several local organizations in Winston-Salem, North Carolina … Read more

Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

I’m overly conscientious. Some might think this is a good trait, particularly when they happen to be on the receiving end of my hyper-conscientiousness. I will always arrive on time (or early and sit in my car and wait until the appointed time), deliver whatever it is I promised you, return your calls, and you … Read more

The Low Back Pain Treatments Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About

If you’ve been feeling like your doctor visits aren’t doing much to help your low back pain, there’s now some research to back you up. The health journal, The Lancet, recently published a series of articles looking at how we treat back pain, and the gist of their findings is that most of us who go to a doctor for an … Read more

Breast Massage for Pain

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Reduce breast pain through lymphatic massage. Joyce Sobotta started studying breast self-care more than a decade ago, after losing her sister to breast cancer in 2006. As a certified aromatherapist, she became interested in developing an essential oil for breast care. From there, she went on to study lymphatic massage so that she could educate women around … Read more