The human experience and pain are symbiotic; pain is universal, yet highly individualized. We need to feel pain to navigate and survive in our environments. Our reaction to pain is formed at an evolutionary level, meaning our primitive brain reacts and starts a cascade of physiological events. However, pain is a complex phenomenon, in that each person experiences it differently making the experience subjective, with no specific diagnostic tools to accurately capture the full capacity of the situation.Read More
Understanding pain, and the suffering that it causes, still eludes us despite decades of research in the field.
Chronic pain is recognized as the most frequent cause of disability in the United States and many other industrialized nations today. The diagnosis, physiology, symptoms and treatment of acute vs. chronic pain are quite different and require separate consideration.Read More
The interpretation and experience of pain is an individually unique process that depends upon the physical and emotional circumstances surrounding the incidence and the extent of damage from the injury.Read More
Within every human body exists an ecosystem of trillions of micro-organisms. Bacteria, yeast and viruses all live together in and on our bodies.Read More
Pain management can be a real pain in the *** but navigating pain and understanding the process can, and should be, empowering and manageable.Read More
I don't know about you, but these peak-of-summer mornings are getting a little too hot for a steaming cup of coffee. Yes, yes, iced coffee is an easy option but as we love all things health and wellness related, we thought we'd look for some awesome alternatives to that morning cup of Joe that will help refresh, hydrate, boost you up and give you a glow.Read More
When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that you do? Hit snooze seven times? Hide under the blankets? Reach for the coffee pot and start brewing? Do you find yourself rushing into work late, having only consumed three cups of caffeine and nothing else?Read More
It's hot! And we're all reaching for a drink to help us hydrate, replenish ourselves and cool down.
It's all too easy to crack an ice cold beer at this time of year, or sip on an iced latte on route to the beach, but how can we really maximize the benefits of our daily hydration options?Read More
It's finally here. This most loved and hated season. The one so many of us rely on for our paychecks, and the one we so look forward to in the depths of winter. And yet, it's inextricably one that many of us despise in equal measures with the onslaught of traffic, never ending construction zones and myriad of alternative transport options that invade the sidewalks.
There are lots of obvious foods and drinks that we know to exacerbate anxiety: caffeine, too much sugar, alcohol … but what if we could eat our way to being calm instead of fueling the symptoms?
Refined sugar, while giving us that initial high, can cause massive crashes in energy, lethargy and mood swings. Caffeine has a similar effect on the body after that initial burst of fire.Read More
In the first part of this series we talked about the prominence of overwhelm in today's society and how more and more people are finding themselves stuck in "fight or flight" mode, leading to an unprecedented amount suffering from chronic illness.Read More
Do you ever wake up with a tight chest feeling like you can't quite catch your breath? Have you found yourself immobilized in a busy street while the world rushes on around you? Are there days when you notice that you can't seem to calm your mind, like it's jumped on a runaway train that's going around in circles, incessantly honking, asking you to take notice but you've no idea how to address the thoughts, or even where exactly they're coming from?Read More
A woman inhabits her body in a new way during pregnancy. A change we might be most familiar with is the foods she desires and emotions she experiences. Her growing belly will also shift the way her body relates to gravity.Read More
For the past two weeks we've been talking about spring cleaning your health in this section: making the switch to spring eating, and beginning to eliminate processed and refined sugar from your diet in order to expel toxins from your body and in turn cleanse, nourish and support your liver during the change of season.Read More
Generally speaking, we all feel a little more inspired and uplifted come spring time. Once you catch sight of a few buds on the trees trying to burst open and there's a run of 60 degree days, we're able to start thinking about shedding a layer or two and everything seems a little more possible. It's easiest at this time of year to adopt a more positive outlook toward the future, set some goals, and let go of the heaviness and introspective nature of winter.Read More
We're all about detoxing for spring over these next few weeks, both physically and emotionally, in our houses and our diets. With that in mind, embodying a fresher mindset and starting to make the switch from earthy, warming foods, to a lighter, more cleansing palette. This is a great time of year to eliminate stimulants such as coffee and tobacco as we find ourselves being naturally boosted by the budding blossoms, change of light and overall sense of renewal.Read More
It is no secret that stress and trauma affect nearly everyone. Developmental trauma, accidents, falls, loss, abuse, violence, witnessing a horrific event, medical and/or dental procedures, ongoing fear and conflict, and chronic stress are just a few of the many experiences that can leave us feeling like we are just surviving — not thriving.Read More
WHAT IS SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® (SE)?
Somatic Experiencing® was developed by Dr. Peter Levine following his observation that animals in the wild do not appear to suffer from post-traumatic stress, even though daily they are faced with life threatening situations. Dr. Levine observed the mechanisms by which animals are able to shake off the high levels of nervous system arousal and return to their daily lives. He then developed an approach to working with the human nervous system to not only reduce symptoms of stress and trauma but to also release the energy that is embedded in the underlying system. A holistic and multidisciplinary approach, SE now has over 45 years of successful clinical application in the treatment of shock and developmental trauma and is taught throughout the world as an effective method for resolving symptoms of traumatic stress.Read More
Being in a motor vehicle accident has many scary components to it but fear of getting good healthcare should not be a part of it. It is important to know that your (or the at-faults drivers) car insurance company has a set amount that is "guaranteed" (usually $15,000 per person) in their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) for medical bills.Read More
Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday and it is at this particular time of year that the little ones might be coming home from school repeatedly with runny noses, coughs and … ear infections.
Most ear infections are a consequence of colds that ascend along the auditory tube: in infants and preschool children we see uncharacteristic symptoms such as refusal to eat, restlessness, fidgeting with ear and even diarrhea.Read More