Why things hurt

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My broken arm bone healed years ago and the tendon is clearly not involved; why can’t I move my hand well? —SJ   I threw out my back, but years later my legs hurt. Why? —KR Without pain, we’d never know when we have exceeded the natural motion of a joint. We would never know that we have sprained, strained, or broken …

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Is your anti-inflammatory drug causing your inflammation?

knee injury runner

I used NSAID’s for way too long, for every pain, to try to reduce inflammation and swelling… now I’ve learned these anti-inflammatory drugs may be why I have a gastric ulcer. –Gabe NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are common pain-killers available in over-the-counter doses as well as stronger, prescription-only, anti-inflammatory formulations. I thought it was safe to take aspirin and Ibuprophen. …

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Managing migraines: key tools

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So severe, painful (in fact the official migraine diagnostic criteria requires that they be severe) migraine-sufferers spend nearly $2500 out of pocket (after any insurance reimbursements) to manage the pain. Those of us diagnosed with migraines never forget the first time we have one: A bizarre “aura” phase is usually the first clue. Visual disturbances like double vision and other …

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Healthy fats to calm chronic pain

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Waking up with the most sore and swollen arms, back and neck (non-stop landscaping…) it’s easy to want an instant fix. I’m only 60 years young! At any given time, nearly a third of us suffer from muscle and joint pain, joint swelling, limited movement… For many, if it sticks around for more than a couple of days (“I’ll get through …

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Is interference causing my nerve root problems?

degrading nerve after crush injury

It is scary and frustrating to have a lot of back pain. But the fact is, a lot can be done to fix it, even when it gets really bad or is given big diagnostic names. Truly, these long lists of diagnoses should not be used as often as they are—they are important tools for practitioners and help us communicate …

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Inflammation: your back’s first line of defense

Progressive spine disease, disc protrusion, bulging disc, herniated disc, osteophytes

Inflammation, our defense mechanism, our helpful friend… what ran amuck? Our  ancient defense mechanism, inflammation, is the first step in healing. After we injure ourselves or become invaded by harmful bugs, or even toxic chemicals, the front line of defense is this complex dance we call “inflammation”: It sends messages out to the body—messages through your nerves, changed hormones (chemical …

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Chronic pain breakthrough – What I learned from Alaska’s brown bears

bear cub

We trust our remedies, especially the sort in pill form, to the extent they are backed by peer reviewed clinical studies. While not so many of us consider the Alaska griz our “peers,”—pause for good-humored joking around…—bears are really smart. In fact, they seem to know some things we’ve forgotten. What’s this got to do with chronic pain? Read on Friday …

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Cleanse your colon; heal your leaky gut

Intestine damage and leaky gut

All disease begins in the gut.” ‒Hippocrates As true today as when it was first said 2,000 years ago, but we’re only now coming to understand how connected our gut health is to practically every health situation from autism spectrum disorder, to chronic fatigue syndrome, to eczema, to obesity, and of course indigestion and yeast infections. While recent research is …

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Inflammation—Disease Cause or Cure?

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You “catch” a “bug” and your immune cells overwhelm and eliminate the infection. Your child skins their knee; immune cells clear dead/damaged tissue and debris and carefully coordinate healing. Cured. But what if the inflammation continues? Normally, short-term inflammation is a temporary redness, heat, swelling, tenderness, and pain. Even fever is the normal inflammatory response to infection or injury and is an …

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Finally Heal Your Back Pain

Gonstead Chiropractor, Anchorage Alaska

Believe it or not, back pain was rare just a couple hundred years ago! What has changed lately is so important, you won’t stably heal your back without knowing this. For thousands or so generations since Paleolithic man, our bodies have performed incredible physical feats, labored hard, built, moved, hauled, and created amazing things. Today it’s different. Ancient healing arts; modern Chiropractic …

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