Archive for April 2013

Brain Pain

April 26, 2013

Brain Pain 1[originally published in KCN, December 2005]

No one probably has to tell you that back pain is a drag.  It can be incredibly painful.  It can rob you of your ability to function normally.  It can cause you to miss work.  And, it can rack up a sizable bill!  But did you know, according to a study last year in the Journal of Neuroscience, it can also shrink your brain?

(more…)

Advertisements

An Adjustment from Your M.D.?

April 19, 2013

179920_surgeon_3[originally published in KCN, September 2005]

Ever think you’ll see the day when you’ll visit your friendly M.D. and have him roll up his sleeves and adjust your spine instead of reaching for his prescription pad? Don’t hold your breath — they’ve already studied the possibility.

(more…)

Hope for Chronic Pain

April 12, 2013

doctor-said-it-would-go-away-2-flip[originally published in KCN, June 2005]

Pain, in its purest form, serves a very definite purpose:  it acts as sign, or a signal, to alert us of a problem.  It also serves to prevent us from doing things that would, perhaps, make our problem worse.  So pain, in a weird kind of way, is a “good” thing.  But what about pain “gone bad”  — pain that doesn’t go away or comes and goes on an all too regular basis?  Well, at the risk of sounding trite, then the pain really is a “pain.”  And what escalates this “pain” even more is that its one of the biggest challenges practitioners across the health care spectrum face on a daily basis.  We label it “chronic pain.”  Plaguing  approximately 35% of our country, chronic pain is responsible for categorizing 50 million Americans as partially or totally disabled.  What’s more, we don’t really have an adequate way of explaining it or even identifying its true source, let alone finding effective ways to treat it —  not a very comforting thought for those buried under a mountain of chronic pain.  And while all this may seem dismal, a couple of researchers from “Down Under” have very good reason to offer hope of an effective treatment option that just might help make pain “gone bad”… gone.
(more…)

Shut Up and Walk!

April 5, 2013

74621_man_on_cell_phone[originally published in KCN, January 2004]

Remember the hoopla that surrounded the potential link between cell phone usage and brain tumors?  Well, thanks to some researchers Down Under, the “Hoopla Spotlight” might be shifting a bit and casting some light on good ol’ back pain.  Yes, it’s true, according to scientists at Australia’s University of Queensland.  They say it all boils down to the way we breathe.

(more…)


%d bloggers like this: