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Why is a Tongue Evaluation Important?

Why is a Tongue Evaluation Important?

Your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Tongue lesions may indicate a local disease process or an overall systemic issue. Approximately 15.5 percent of US adults present with tongue lesions according to the National Health and Nutrition...

Can You Get a Headache From Headache Medication?

Can You Get a Headache From Headache Medication?

People with a primary headache disorder, such as migraine or tension-type headache, might be experiencing undesirable pain secondary to the intake of acute headache medication. This is called a medication overuse headache (MOH) or transformed headache. MOH is a...

Biofeedback Therapy for Chronic Pain

Biofeedback Therapy for Chronic Pain

Biofeedback is a way for an individual to self-regulate their physiologic response to pain with the help of a feedback system. Patients can receive auditory, visual, or tactile feedback information about how their body is reacting (ie. muscle tension or heart rate)....

Does Sleep Deprivation Lead To More Chronic Pain?

Does Sleep Deprivation Lead To More Chronic Pain?

Sleep is vital to humans, and some consequences result if we go without it for too long. This leads some to wonder if not getting enough sleep impacts pain sensitivities and one's experience with chronic pain. Researchers set out to review the published studies on the...

Afraid To Exercise Due To Chronic Pain?

Afraid To Exercise Due To Chronic Pain?

Most people know that being active and exercising is good for one's health. Getting enough exercise has many benefits that help people feel good and live healthier lifestyles. Those who suffer from chronic pain they are afraid to exercise because they fear the session...

Integrative Therapies to Help Manage Chronic Pain

Integrative Therapies to Help Manage Chronic Pain

With millions of people suffering from chronic pain in the country, more attention is being put on what can be done to help manage it. While pharmaceuticals may have once been center stage, many people are seeking other ways they can help find pain relief, with the...

Does Pain in Childhood Predict Pain in Mid-Life?

Does Pain in Childhood Predict Pain in Mid-Life?

When it comes to chronic pain, the focus is often put on adults, but some children suffer from it as well. In fact, according to research published in the March 2021 issue of JAMA, it is estimated that between one-quarter and one-third of children may experience...

What Is Central Sensitization (CS)?

What Is Central Sensitization (CS)?

Central sensitization is an amplification of neural signaling within the central nervous system that elicits pain hypersensitivity. (Woolf, 2011). It is a pathological phenomenon that represents both structural and functional changes in the CNS and leads to increased...

The Blinking Eye

The Blinking Eye

Blepharospasm [aka, blinking eye] is a focal dystonia involving the orbicularis muscle causing repeated and abnormal movements of the eyelids. Patients with blepharospasm may be characterized by various types of involuntary activation of periocular muscles, and not...

How to Conduct an Intraoral Dental Screening

How to Conduct an Intraoral Dental Screening

An intraoral dental screening should be a routine part of any dental assessment: checking and recording the presence or absence of any abnormalities. The importance of regular dental examinations has been emphasized by the many studies which show positive outcomes for...

What is “Cheerleaders’ Syndrome”?

What is “Cheerleaders’ Syndrome”?

Idiopathic Condylar Resorption (ICR), aka, “cheerleaders’ syndrome", is an uncommon aggressive degenerative joint disease that most frequently occurs in teenage girls during the pubertal growth spurt. In patients with ICR, a decrease in the mandibular ramus height...

What is Herpes Zoster?

What is Herpes Zoster?

Herpes zoster is a neurocutaneous disease that is caused by the reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) from a latent infection of dorsal sensory or cranial nerve ganglia following primary infection with VZV earlier in life. (Schmader et al 2007). Major risk...

Masseter Muscle Hypertrophy: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Options

Masseter Muscle Hypertrophy: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Options

Though the masseter muscle doesn’t have the same claim to fame as say biceps, it plays an important role in our ability to function on a daily basis. Humans have two masseter muscles, one on each side of our face. The masseter muscles are a set of powerful muscles...

A Glimpse into Occipital Neuralgia 

A Glimpse into Occipital Neuralgia 

If the patient experiences a sharp pain in the back of the neck, close to the nuchal line, and it radiates to the parietal and frontal areas, the clinician should consider the possibility of occipital neuralgia. Occipital neuralgia (ON) is a primary headache disorder...

Artificial Intelligence May Be the Future of Chronic Pain Management

Artificial Intelligence May Be the Future of Chronic Pain Management

Artificial intelligence is becoming more common in many areas of our society. One area that we may start to see more of it is in the medical community, including when it comes to the management of chronic pain. Researchers recently put artificial intelligence to the...

The Fatty Acid that May Help Reduce Chronic Pain

The Fatty Acid that May Help Reduce Chronic Pain

When it comes to managing chronic pain, most people don't look to the end of their fork for help. Despite this, recent research suggests that maybe it's time to do just that. There are certain things we eat that can help our body naturally address chronic pain. Some...

The Role Music Can Play in Pain Management

The Role Music Can Play in Pain Management

Many people listen to music as a way of relaxing and improving their mood, among other motives. With that in mind, researchers have put music to the test to see if it can help with pain relief for those who experience chronic pain as well as acute pain. The results of...

Neurological Consequences of COVID-19

Neurological Consequences of COVID-19

The knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 and its consequences is progressing, giving better insight into the heterogeneous nature of its acute and long-term effects. The available evidence on the pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurological, hematological, multisystem...

Anti-Diabetic Drug May Help Those with Musculoskeletal Pain

Anti-Diabetic Drug May Help Those with Musculoskeletal Pain

Numerous studies have shown that the popularly-prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, metformin, can help improve other conditions. In a recent study, researchers have found that it may also be beneficial for those who suffer from musculoskeletal pain. The study informs...

Can a Health Coach Help With Chronic Pain?

Can a Health Coach Help With Chronic Pain?

The job of a health coach is to help identify ways that the people they work with can make changes that will help the person reach their goals. They also play an important role in keeping the person motivated and listening to and addressing their perceived fears...

Do Sleep Patterns Increase Chronic Pain?

Do Sleep Patterns Increase Chronic Pain?

Many people who live with chronic pain experience difficulty sleeping. Their sleep patterns may be irregular, with them getting sleep when and if they can. We know how important getting quality sleep is on a regular basis, but we are also learning that not having...

Dry Cupping With An Acupuncturist May Help With Chronic Back Pain

Dry Cupping With An Acupuncturist May Help With Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain can be debilitating for many people. It keeps millions of people from being able to do what they want. Those with chronic back pain have often tried many different things in search of relief, but one thing they may not have tried yet is ear...

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