Chinese Medicine’s Answer to Severe Shoulder Pain

This Q&A in the Straits Times of Singapore is particularly interesting because the answer is clearly from an Eastern medicine perspective. The writer asks about her severe shoulder pain which one doctor has diagnosed as degenerative spine disorder and another has said is frozen shoulder. The medical expert acknowledges that either of these two conditions can cause such shoulder pain, but in traditional Chinese medicine, it means she has issues with her liver and kidneys.

Read the full article here: Tips for shoulder pain relief

A Key Component of Managing Your Fibromyalgia Pain


Yoga is probably the most common treatment experts recommend for fibromyalgia pain. And, as this article notes, moving is the last thing people suffering from the muskuloskeletal disease probably want to do, but it is likely the best way to manage the condition.

In this post, ten different poses, movements, and components of yoga are described with pictures or video. They incorporate ways to relax the mind and body, like with child’s pose, relaxing breath, legs up the wall, and the calming sequence. Stretching is also a priority, as butterfly pose targets the hips, and cat and cow pose help to elongate the back and belly.

Some of these poses may seem intimidating, especially for people who have been inactive or who are in intense pain. But all it takes is to try one pose at a time and modify as needed. The relaxation breath is a great place to start because everyone can do it. Then physical movements can be added and built on as needed.

Read the full article here: 10 Ways to Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain with Yoga

A Chronic Pain Expert’s Advice to Sufferers

This article from the University of Utah provides some interesting statistics about pain in America, including the fact that it’s chronic for about 10 percent of the population. As one expert who specializes in the field recommends, it’s important to treat the pain with a multi-pronged approach that encompasses the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of a patient’s life.

Read the full article here: We Are a Nation in Pain: 4 Ideas for Good “Pain Health”

Acupuncturist Uses Multiple Techniques to Relieve Pain

A Kansas acupuncturist has been offering his patients supplemental therapies to help relieve their pain. He explains his core practice in a 2012 interview by saying, “Acupuncture works along with Chinese herbology by reharmonizing imbalances in the body or tonifying weaknesses caused by age, poor diet or emotions.” He also incorporates other alternative treatments like magnets, moxibustion, and cold laser therapy into his practice.

Read the full article here: Patient turns to acupuncture for pain relief

How Diet and Environment Can Help Relieve Migraine Pain

Migraines can be more than just severe headaches. In fact, they are often accompanied by blurred vision, nausea, and other symptoms that result from the enlarged blood vessels around the head and neck.

Diet can make a big difference in preventing or reducing migraine pain. Ginger (as we talked about this morning) is a known anti-inflammatory that can reduce internal pressure. Vitamin B2, which is found largely in protein-rich foods, and Omega-3 fatty acids in fish and nuts can also help. However, aged and fermented foods like wine, cheese, and pickled items should be avoided, as they contain tyramine which is thought to trigger migraines.

Behavior-wise, a quiet dark room can help to calm any clenched muscles. Additional relaxation measures can also be taken like massage, meditation, or yoga. Placing a cold pack on the area where the pain seems to be strongest can be an added way to reduce inflammation.

Read the full article here: Home Remedies For Migraine Pain Relief

The Pain-Relieving Power of Ginger

This post on Dr. Axe’s website extols the numerous benefits of ginger, one of which is pain relief. He explains that, like spicy peppers, ginger contains a compound that can block pain receptors. While the inhibiting action is brief, it’s also the element that helps to reduce inflammation which many believe is the root of pain and disease.

Read the full article here: Ginger Root Benefits — Powerful Pain & Digestion Relief

All About Yoga as a Way to Reduce Pain

I like list-based articles that provide a broad overview or a to-do list, but I really appreciate posts that drill down on one specific topic. This piece is a Q&A with Dr. K that’s all about pain relief and yoga.

He responds that yoga can help with numerous types of pain, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, low back problems, and carpal tunnel. There are beneficial physical components to the practice like improving strength, flexibility, and balance. Internally, yoga may also reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. The mental benefits may be just as helpful in reducing pain, with its ability to relieve stress and anxiety. The measured breathing technique can also encourage a meditation-like state.

In addition to the benefits listed above, yoga is an accessible therapy for pretty much anyone who wants to try it. The poses can easily be modified based on ability. And free tutorials are available online.

Read the full article here: People With Chronic Pain May Find Relief Through Yoga

Be Mindful of B12 to Fight Pain

Vitamin B12 is often talked about in terms of boosting energy, but according to this article, it’s also beneficial in relieving pain, especially related to the joints. Another advantage is that it can help to phase out the use of NSAIDs which can be harsh on the stomach after extended use. The vitamin can be taken in supplement form, or it can be found naturally in foods such as shellfish, liver, and fish.

Read the full article here: 5 Ways Vitamin B12 Helps Joint Pain and Arthritis Sufferers

Alternative Medicine Defined

“Alternative medicine” is a broad term used to describe practices that are designed to benefit health but are not part of the standard medical system. These can include acupuncture, massage, supplements, and even yoga. Since they can often be used in conjunction with doctor’s traditional treatment plans, they are sometimes given the label “complementary medicine.”

Read the full article here: Modern Medicine Explains the Effectiveness of Alternative Medicine