About Jamie Arnold

Jamie Arnold is a staff writer for Back Pain Relief and yoga enthusiast. Jamie is also an animal lover and avid traveler, and loves to blog about health, fitness, and back pain relief.

The West Wing’s Michael Hastings on Fibromyalgia Part III

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Michael Hastings, a former West Wing actor. Michael suffers from fibromyalgia, and was kind enough to share some of his experiences and stories with us. This is third part of a three-part series. Q: What can you tell us about your FM DVD? A: Much of the material for my first film will be from my website (www.captainhastings.com) and it will be basic practical things that will help fibro folk in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. Supplements (read more...)

The West Wing’s Michael Hastings on Fibromyalgia Part II

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Michael Hastings, a former West Wing actor. Michael suffers from fibromyalgia, and was kind enough to share some of his experiences and stories with us. This is second part of a three-part series. Q: How did you get into acting? How have you dealt with fibromyalgia while on set? A: I was a school teacher for approximately 10 years and had to go on early retirement at age 35 because of FM. I actually had taken a pharmaceutical drug which accelerated (read more...)

The West Wing’s Michael Hastings on Fibromyalgia Part I

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Michael Hastings, a former West Wing actor. Michael suffers from fibromyalgia, and was kind enough to share some of his experiences and stories with us. This is the first part of a three-part series. Q: Fibromyalgia isn’t as common in men. Can you talk about your experience with being diagnosed? A: I was first diagnosed with fibro back in the mid-90s by a Naturopathic Doctor. I had been to 20 medical doctors and they had no idea what was going (read more...)

The Benefits of Psychological Treatment for Chronic Back Pain

Photo Credit: www.digitaldrugs.info This guest post features Dr. Tali Shenfield, Clinical Psychologist Recent research has demonstrated that there is more to pain relief than masking pain with medication. The treatment of pain by psychological means is a promising new field of research. Although that research is still in its infancy and research samples are small, there is enough evidence to show that the psychological treatment of pain is not only possible; it is very effective under (read more...)

Finding the Right Chair to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain is something that countless people have to live with every day. According to the American Chiropractic Association, eight out of ten people will experience it at some point during their lives. In some cases, back pain is caused by serious illnesses and conditions, but most of the time; it's triggered by: Lack of activity Diet or weight issues Lack of stretching before strenuous activity Improper lifting techniques Bad posture Bad posture is one of the leading causes of back (read more...)

Back Pain: Can Massage Help?

Back pain is a common condition. It can interfere with many ordinary activities, and people routinely use pain medication, hydrotherapy and heat packs for relief. Massage is another option, but its effectiveness is still being debated in the field of medicine. Although most people report that massage brings relief, and some doctors still recommend this to back pain patients, getting this covered by insurance can be tricky. Types of Massage There are many styles of massage therapy, and they are (read more...)

Should I Work Out With Lower Back Pain?

Exercise provides a variety of benefits for both physical and emotional health. However, if you've been experiencing pain and want to work out, it’s natural to wonder if doing so would only worsen the condition.  The good news is that you can actually do particular exercises that can help ease lower back pain. There is no need to stop working out when back pain is causing a problem, but it is important to choose exercises that can lessen the problem instead of worsen it. Exercising to Ease (read more...)

Understanding Proper Back Brace Use

Back brace use has become so common in modern society that these devices barely get a second glance. Just think of how many support belts and devices you see in the average gym! Other times we may spot someone wearing one while doing yard work or even running errands.  It’s a big shift from the days when back brace use may have involved a cumbersome full-body contraption. Now, thanks to smaller and more readily available devices, they’ve become ubiquitous – not necessarily a good thing (read more...)

Could Cutting Nicotine Spell Back Pain Relief? New York Study Says Yes

The campaign against smoking has a new ally in the orthopedic community, thanks to a New York study linking nicotine use to back pain. The study, led by University of Rochester Medical Center surgeon Glenn R. Rechtine, M.D., looked at more than 5,300 patients suffering from spinal disorders over a period of eight months.The result: Cigarette smokers reported far more pain than those who quit during that time period. The New York study was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery this (read more...)

Is Your iPad an iPain in the Neck? Tips to Prevent Neck and Upper Back Pain

They give us directions, entertainment and immediate Internet access, but could our tablets and smartphones also be giving us back pain? Yes, says a recent study out of Harvard. Researchers found the very thing that makes us love our mobile devices—their mobility—can also promote poor postures that strain the upper back, neck and shoulders. The study, highlighted in the Harvard Health Letter last month, also determined that simply limiting how long you use your device per sitting and investing (read more...)