Simply put Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread chronic pain and an increased sensitivity to stimuli. That being said Fibromyalgia is anything but simple; in fact, the disorder is very hard to diagnose. Many patients wait YEARS to get a diagnosis! Not only do the symptoms of Fibromyalgia overlap with several other diseases and disorders the sufferers of Fibromyalgia experience different symptoms day to day and minute by minute. Here are the common symptoms, and one way to help with pain management to enhance your way of life.

Osteoarthritis, also known as the "wear and tear disease" is a degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease where the cartilage that covers the bone near joints deteriorates. You can imagine that this loss of cartilage can result in pain and loss of mobility. Let's walk through the symptoms and how you can manage these symptoms.

Here are the some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis:

  1. STIFFNESS: this symptom to more noticeable in the morning after several hours of non-activity.
  2. LOSS OF FLEXIBILITY: range of motion decreases as cartilage deteriorates.
  3. PAIN: the main reason OA patients seek help is because of the chronic pain. This pain tends to get worse due to activity and as the disease progresses.
  4. ANXIETY: many OA sufferers experience anxiety.  Those with OA have a quality of life that includes pain, stiffness and loss of mobility. The anxiety and stress from dealing with chronic pain can take a toll on anyone.

No one wants to live a life of PAIN! Which is why there are several ways to manage this disease. Note: that these suggestions are not a diagnosis and that is if you have further questions regarding OA medication you should consult your doctor.



Are you always finding yourself extra tired by the middle of the afternoon? Here are a few tips from Jerry V. Teplitzto help you make it through the rough patch of the day.

tired smallIf you're like most people, you've experienced the afternoon slump. You know the feeling -- it's only 2 p.m., yet you feel drained. Fortunately, you can employ methods to reduce the slump's frequency and shorten its duration.

You have probably heard someone at some point say, "Everybody needs at least 8 hugs a day."

Hugging isn't just about being a toucy-feely person.

Also, there is a fascinating TED Talk video by about how Oxytocin can impact how we interact with others, how we trust and even our sense of morality. It can be found here.

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Bodywork Eases Migraines and Tension Headaches


by Cathy Ulrich (courtesy of ABMP)

"Do you get headaches?" I asked Cindy. She had come to see me for massage to address her neck and shoulder pain but hadn't mentioned headaches.

"Well, yes," she said. "I've always had headaches and, now that you mention it, they seem to be worse when my neck hurts." Cindy went on to say she suffered from them as often as 2-3 times a week and typically treated them with ibuprofen.

Like many Americans, Cindy suffers from chronic, frequent headaches. Her neck pain finally prompted her to seek help, but she was so used to the headaches, she thought they were something she simply had to live with. What Cindy didn't understand was that frequent headaches are not normal and, with a little proactive planning, there is something that can be done to manage and even prevent them.

We offer free pain management consultations.

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