Atlas CareMaps

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Atlas CareMaps

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Caregiving happens within an ecosystem. Caregivers and the ones they care for are situated in systems of support, connected to others through networks and webs of relationships, shared experiences, and interactions.

At Atlas of Caregiving, we believe that in order to improve systems, we must first understand them. In this spirit, we’ve made it our mission to create practical tools that build on our understanding of the experiences of family caregivers while helping families and professionals better understand, and ultimately improve, their own lives. The first of these tools is the CareMap.

On this site, we have provided in detail  all the instructions and support you will need to draw your own CareMap.
On the Draw Your Own CareMap page, you will find a video that walks you through using the CareMap tool. You will also see Key Features and Tips.
On the Hand-Drawn CareMaps page, we have provided you video and instructions on how to draw a hand-drawn CareMap.
All CareMap instructions are available in Spanish, too. For the hand-drawn instructions, click here.

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Nice

Links:

https://atlasofcaregiving.com/practical-solutions/atlas-caremaps/

Curable Health Pain Management app

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Curable Health Pain Management app

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All three of Curable’s co-founders experienced chronic pain first-hand. The education and tools that we have packaged into the Curable program follow the same evidence-based strategies we used to recover from our own pain, including: degenerative disc disease, migraine, sciatica, RSI, knee pain, and more.

Thanks to modern neuroscience research and mindbody tools for chronic pain, we have our lives back. We believe that every pain sufferer deserves access to these tools, and are passionate about providing that.

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It costs, but it’s worth it

Links:

https://www.curablehealth.com/

CHRONIC PAIN: A CYCLE OF STRESS AND PAIN

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CHRONIC PAIN: A CYCLE OF STRESS AND PAIN

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Everyday stressors have more of an impact on the body than most of us realize. Once stressors are identified, the brain begins to put the body into a state of fight or flight, causing real, physical effects in the body.

Over time, the brain and central nervous system learn to continue to put the body into a painful state, which repeats the pain cycle.

The Curable team utilized their knowledge of modern neuroscience to visually depict the stress-related chronic pain cycle. Please note that modern neuroscientists are still working to understand all the details of this cycle, but we believe this visual will help you grasp the concept on a deeper level.

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Nice graphic from Curable

Links:

https://storage.googleapis.com/curable-www/images/web/curable-poster-chronic-pain_a-cycle-of-stress-and-pain.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKm2fyU9vvsl__2CRAArv1w

https://www.instagram.com/curablehealth/

https://twitter.com/curablehealth?lang=en

Buzzy Drug-Free Pain Relief – MMJ Labs

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Buzzy Drug-Free Pain Relief, MMJ Labs

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MMJ Labs was established in 2006 by pediatric emergency physician and pain researcher Amy Baxter. Inspired by the need to control needle pain, Dr. Baxter set out to develop reusable, physiologic products for home and hospital. Initial R&D funded by the NIH launched the flagship product Buzzy®, a palm sized device combining cold and vibration. When placed “between the brain and the pain”, the competing stimuli can eliminate or inhibit pain.

Since the official product launch in 2009, Buzzy® has been used by over a quarter million patients. Buzzy is in over 5,000 hospitals and clinics, with 75,000 units sold. With multiple patents and FDA 510 clearances for controlling pain from IVs, blood draws and cosmetic injections, muscle injury and myofascial trigger point pain, the company has broadened the product line to include VibraCool Sport Therapy and DistrACTION®products.

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Looking for drug-free pain relief research and resources. This is the place.

Links:

http://legacy.buzzyhelps.com/

https://www.facebook.com/buzzyhelps

https://www.twitter.com/buzzyhelps

https://www.twitter.com/buzzyhelps

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNTcB7DuduVfOFh-4gl6YLw

AARP videos: Male Caregivers

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AARP videos: Male Caregivers

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In many respects, male caregivers resemble their female counterparts. Yet, men, be more uncomfortable with hands-on personal care, although such intimate interactions can be difficult for caregivers of any gender. They say they are less likely to open up to others when they feel stressed or overwhelmed by caregiving responsibilities.

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Set of six short videos about men as caregivers

Links:

http://videos.aarp.org/search?q=male%20caregiving

Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review

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Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review

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To assess which noninvasive nonpharmacological treatments for common chronic pain conditions improve function and pain for at least 1 month after treatment.
Chronic low back pain: Exercise, psychological therapies (primarily cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT]), spinal manipulation, low-level laser therapy, massage, mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga, acupuncture, multidisciplinary rehabilitation (MDR).
Chronic neck pain: Exercise, low-level laser, Alexander Technique, acupuncture.
Knee osteoarthritis: Exercise, ultrasound.
Hip osteoarthritis: Exercise, manual therapies.
Fibromyalgia: Exercise, CBT, myofascial release massage, tai chi, qigong, acupuncture, MDR.
Chronic tension headache: Spinal manipulation.

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Most effects were small. Long-term evidence was sparse.
There was no evidence suggesting serious harms from any of the interventions studied; data on harms were limited.

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https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/topics/nonpharma-treatment-pain/research-2018

Attacking the Opioid Crisis on a Budget

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Attacking the Opioid Crisis on a Budget

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Political talk is cheap, substance abuse programs are expensive, and the nature of the crisis demands fast action. Sadly, while an official ‘public health emergency’ declaration helps, it doesn’t give a quick infusion of cash to help embattled front line substance abuse workers. To allocate funds, the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget (that currently cuts $4B in funding) must be revised so that Congress has funds to allocate. As it looks like the crisis will continue to be fought on a shoestring, in addition to immediate definitional changes to access existing funds, it’s time to get the biggest bang for addiction intervention bucks: prevention innovation.

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Interesting. Innovative

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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/public-health-emergency-requires-innovation-attacking-amy-baxter-md/

The Pain Companion

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The Pain Companion

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The Pain Companion came out of years of feeling very isolated and alone in my pain. I wanted to offer others in a similar situation the emotional, psychological, and pain management exercises and approaches that I eventually developed for myself.

As you probably already know, being injured or ill to the point of debilitation is an incredibly intense experience. Besides feeling a certain level of shock from the trauma of having your whole world turned upside down, there are a multitude of other emotional and psychological reactions that arise. These include loneliness, confusion, loss, frustration, depression, and hopelessness.

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Comprehensive, accessible, vetted

Links:

https://www.thepaincompanion.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thepaincompanion

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ9F7KcLrkZRWLVtseDnA3Q

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

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Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

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The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a six week workshop for those living with chronic pain. Over the course of the sessions, participants will learn about:

*Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
*Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
*Appropriate use of medications
*Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
*Nutrition
*Pacing activity and rest
*How to evaluate new treatments

Examples of chronic pain conditions are: chronic musculo-skeletal pain (such as neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma), or neuralgias (such as post-herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia), and post-stroke or central pain. The CPSMP may also benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

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Comprehensive, practical, vetted

Links:

http://www.eblcprograms.org/evidence-based/recommended-programs/chronic-pain-self-management