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

Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor

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Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor

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If you’re in the hospital or a doctor’s office with a painful problem, you’ll likely be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 – with 0 meaning no pain at all and 10 indicating the worst pain you can imagine. But many doctors and nurses say this rating system isn’t working and they’re trying a new approach.

The numeric pain scale may just be too simplistic, says Dr. John Markman, director of the Translational Pain Research Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. It can lead doctors to “treat by numbers,” he says and as a result, patients may not be getting the most effective treatment for their pain.

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Hate that pain scale vital sign. Meaningless

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https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/07/23/626202281/words-matter-when-talking-about-pain-with-your-doctor

Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science

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Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science

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Last year Ohio poured nearly $1 billion into fighting the crisis through prevention, treatment and law enforcement. But the state keeps surpassing its own grim statistics. Exasperated, local authorities have begun confronting the disaster from another angle—technology. In May the state signed off on Gov. John Kasich’s request to invest $20 million in accelerating high-tech scientific measures to address the situation. Universities, hospitals, and medical device manufacturers are now vying for grant money with proposals that include implantable therapeutic meshes and systems that deliver electric nerve jolts.

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Interesting technology

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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/engulfed-in-opioid-deaths-ohio-turns-to-science/

Stanford researchers: The secret to overcoming the opioid crisis may lie partly in the mind

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Stanford researchers: The secret to overcoming the opioid crisis may lie partly in the mind

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Most people – including most physicians — think of pain as a physical symptom, but science reveals that emotions also play a big role. In other words – psychology is integral to the pain experience, and it can make it better or worse.

When pain is treated solely with medications, only part of the problem has been addressed. Meanwhile, patients may receive too little of another kind of pain care, one that teaches them self-management techniques for treating pain. Our scientific research in the growing area of pain psychology shows that pain relief is more effective when you address the body and the mind.

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Accessible article about the mind-body relationship of pain. Works for me.

Links:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/09/12/stanford-researchers-the-secret-to-overcoming-the-opioid-crisis-may-be-all-in-the-mind/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7693c0f58fb7

CR Alternative health treatments that work

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CR Alternative health treatments that work

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Done anything alternative lately? If so, you have a lot of company. When we surveyed 45,601 Consumer Reports subscribers online, we found that three out of four were using some form of alternative therapy for their general health. More than 38 million adults make in excess of 300 million visits to acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other complementary and alternative practitioners each year in the United States.

Despite the hoopla over alternative treatments, when we asked respondents how well the therapies they used worked for 12 common health problems, results showed that they were usually deemed far less helpful than prescription medicine for most of the conditions.

Even widely used dietary supplements ranked far below over-the-counter medications in many cases. But hands-on treatments such as chiropractic and deep-tissue massage, as well as the mind-body practice of yoga dominated the lists of helpful alternative treatments for discomfort from conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.

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For 12 types of pain, only migraines had prescription meds as the most effective form of pain relief. Sad that I can’t find anything more recent. Makes me wonder about the investment in the science of alternatives to prescription pain relief. That said, definitely worth a read.

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https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/04/alternative-treatments/index.htm

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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Published by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) in their Effective Health Care Program page. To assess which noninvasive nonpharmacological treatments for common chronic pain conditions improve function and pain for at least 1 month after treatment.

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A comprehensive 1400 page book. Pretty amazing resource.

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https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/nonpharma-chronic-pain-cer-209.pdf

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