Can Acupuncture Solve Your Pain Problem?

Don’t be surprised if the next time you see your pain doctor they suggest you go to an acupuncturist. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a recommendation that doctors get up to speed on complementary alternative therapies for treating pain including acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. If you’re like many of the patients that I treat, … Read more

Stress—Friend or Foe?

We’ve been given the impression that stress is the problem — something we have to eliminate or control. But stress reactions are a vital source of personal safety that need to be understood and valued. It’s when the brain’s alarm becomes hyperactive or mismatched to the level of real danger that our overreaction harms relationships and … Read more

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

“Not all who wander are lost.” Attributed to J.R.R. Tolkien, this is perhaps my favorite quote because I have a terrible sense of direction. When I’m with my parents, favorite tales around the family dinner table often revolve around the time after I got my driver’s license at age sixteen. My family would see me drive … Read more

Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel With Pain…It’s Possible with a Few Adaptations Does the thought of holiday travel overwhelm you—even cause you to decline an invitation? These tips could help you ADAPT with less stress and pain:Action Plan – Get ahead of anxiety and uncertainty by creating a plan that will reduce stress and thwart unexpected challenges. Consider how you can … Read more

From Insurance-centered Care to Patient-centered Care

I have a very finicky immune system. It has trouble distinguishing foreign invaders (like viruses) from my body’s own healthy tissues. It often goes on the warpath, misguidedly fighting healthy parts of my body. This happened recently and resulted in a somewhat frantic call from my doctor after she received the results of lab work … Read more

Raiders of the Lost Art: Medicine in the Digital Ice Age

Walk into any coffee shop or other public gathering place and what do you see? If your neighborhood is like mine, you probably stumble onto lots of people looking down at their digital devices of choice, tapping away. It’s even commonplace to see couples, old and young alike, spending more time viewing their smartphones than … Read more

Overcome Your Fear and Conquer Your Pain

If you are reading this post, you are probably already well-versed in how chronic pain can interrupt your own — or a loved one’s — ability to perform simple activities and function on a day-to-day basis. You may even start off your day dreading the thought of just trying to get through it. When we … Read more

When It Hurts to Be Touched

When It Hurts to Be Touched

Our sense of touch is one of our most basic and fundamental aspects of the human experience. We use our ability to feel as an integral tool to discriminate and better understand our environment, almost without thinking about it, because we do it all day long. Likewise, being touched by others is a critical part … Read more