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4 Ways Chronic Pain and Depression Feed Off Each Other
Are you one of the millions of patients with chronic pain who has a comorbid diagnosis of depression? Each condition is difficult enough to manage independently. The two together? They are a devastating combination and can feed off each other. Here's how they often interact — and how you can cope.  1) Both are isolating When you have chronic pain, your energy...
Nutrition for Migraines (Including Triggers and Dietary Management)
Picture this: there’s a small man inside your head. He has an ice pick in his left hand and he’s jabbing it into your right temple. Over and over again, he won’t stop. Then he moves behind your eye. Jab jab jab. You’re trying to work but the sharp, debilitating pain won’t stop. You start to feel nauseated. You...
5 Popular Activities Pediatric OTs Use With Children
Have you ever watched an occupational therapist work with a child? If so, you might agree that it almost looks like playtime and there’s no actual “therapy” going on. Believe it or not, pediatric occupational therapy is supposed to look like play.  Foundations of pediatric development place the use of play and leisure at the center of growing. As a result, occupational...
Treatment Options For Excessive Tearing (Including Surgery)
Do your eyes tear up all the time, to the point where it's annoying or even embarrassing? Excessive tearing in the medical world is known as epiphora. Chronic tearing can cause a social problem where you need to constantly have tissues on hand because tears are always running down your face. In this article, I'll review the main causes of...
Best Artificial Tears For Dry Eyes
Artificial tears are non-prescription over-the-counter eye drops that are used to treat dry eye symptoms. The purpose of these eye drops are to add extra moisture to the eyes and help relieve any burning or gritty sensations. However, if you have ever walked down the artificial tear aisle, you will be quickly overwhelmed by the number of...
Here's How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps You Overcome Addiction
Sometimes it's hard to understand how people become addicted to drugs. In fact, we automatically associated these people as “addicts” who lack willpower. Addiction is considered a chronic relapsing disease caused by changes in the brain’s neurocircuitry. Similar to other chronic illnesses, addiction is a highly treatable and curable disease, especially when combining addiction treatment medication with behavioral therapies. In...
The Best Cold Medicines For Each Symptom
One of the most common reasons that patients come to see me for is an upper respiratory infection. These infections are often viral, at least to start out. Patients will go to the doctor for a quicker end to their symptoms. Also, they often wonder if their infection is bacterial and needs antibiotics. This can only be evaluated in...
5 Types of Arthritis and How To Manage Each One
“It’s my arthritis. It makes me hurt all over!” Remember hearing your grandparents, or someone of that generation complains about arthritis aches? They may have said, “this is what happens when you get older,” or “getting old is not for sissies!” Most people are unaware that there are several different types of arthritis. Each type of arthritis has different symptoms and...
Hypervolt Plus
The Hyperice Hypervolt is not the OG (Original Gangster, if you’re not up on your street lingo) of the jigsaw massager game. However, it quickly became the new kid in town, setting the standard for how all future competitive products get measured. Handheld, over-marketed percussion therapy devices have been around for a long time. Originally, they were priced in the...
Top 4 Untraditional Treatments For Chronic Pain
When someone hears the term chronic pain, they often immediately think of pain medication. Prescription pain medications, also known as opiates, are one of the most controversial healthcare topics affecting society. Large amounts of opiates are prescribed each year, leaving society with little to no answers regarding how to avoid addiction. Now more than ever, individuals need effective treatments...