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...)

Beginner Poses Supported by Yoga Blocks

In this second part of my series on restorative yoga poses you will find three uses for a single yoga block.  Yoga blocks are great tools for support and softness in poses. They also to allow you to gain access to poses that were otherwise unattainable due to your body architecture.  They are invaluable props to have for any level of yoga practitioner.  Here are three poses that utilize yoga blocks: 1.)   Supported Hipstand:  Hipstand is an inversion; a pose where a part of your body (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...)

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How To Know When To See A Chiropractor

Knowing when to see a chiropractor depends on recognizing which symptoms may be related to spinal injuries or misalignment. As all the nerves in the body travel along the spinal column, pain in any region of the body can often be traced to a pinched nerve. Here are nine signs that I look for before recommending that someone see a chiropractor. Headaches Caused by a pinched nerve or blood vessel in the neck, cervicogenic headaches occur when the cervical vertebra at the top of the spine, which (read more...)

Rolling the Pain Away With Foam Rollers

  If you’ve ever had a massage, then I don’t need to tell you how nice they are. They relieve tension, sooth soreness, loosen tight muscles, and reduce back pain. However, as beneficial as massages are, they’re not always practical. They can be expensive and time consuming, and finding time to hit the spa or doctor’s office can be difficult. But fear not,  a device called a foam roller can replicate the effects of a massage at your convenience. Myofascial Release Typically, (read more...)