Aches & Pains


How to Manage Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches have no known cause, but there are numerous treatments for these headaches. The medications are discussed along with some alternative methods and other ways to reduce the pain of these headaches.


How to Manage Low Back Pain When Homebound

Being homebound—because of illness, disability, or more recently, because of the stay-at-home orders—can exacerbate low back pain. In this article, I'll discuss what people can do about it, including a detailed exercise tutorial video and a table layout for a rehabilitation schedule.


How High Heels Cause Foot Pain, and Ways to Relieve It

Do your feet ache while wearing high heels? Do you experience foot, knee, and back pain afterwards? Wearing high heels can directly contribute to your joint pain, depending on how often you wear them and for how long.


Is Surgery Necessary to Relieve Back Pain?

Back pain is a very common problem. This article explains ways to prevent having a back problem. It also discusses various kinds of back surgeries and what to expect during the procedure and in recovery.


My Top 3 Neck and Upper Back Exercises for Desk Workers

My top 3 exercises to strengthen the neck and upper back muscles, to reduce discomfort from desk work, and other activities that require sustained downward gaze and forward use of the arms.


Treatment for Chronic Back Pain: Facet Injections and Radiofrequency Ablation

Chronic lower back and neck pain can be quite debilitating, impacting your ability to do daily activities and work duties. Facet injections are a good option for pain that is unresponsive to therapy.


How to Manage Shoulder Pain and Regain Range of Motion

With a shoulder injury or shoulder condition, you should prioritize pain management and gentle movements. Doing too much too soon can work against you. Use of ice and passive exercises explained.


Gifts for People Living With Chronic Pain

These gift ideas for people living with chronic pain can help bring comfort and relief from the aches and strains associated with some illnesses and injuries.


Arthritis and the Public Health Burden

What is arthritis on a biological level, and how much does it cost Americans annually? Also, information about how to prevent this condition.


Could Your Pain Be Caused by Eating Nightshade Vegetables?

Some vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers can cause inflammation and arthritic pain in sensitive individuals. Find out why these foods may be bad for your health.


Defense Mechanisms Meanings With Examples

An introduction to the different defense mechanisms with definitions and examples. A quiz is included to test your knowledge.


Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease coupled with psoriasis. Causes treatments are discussed in full. This article also includes diet guidelines to alleviate the symptoms.

The disease attacks the body in a symmetric pattern.

Rheumatoid Arthritis- Battle Inside the Body

Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating auto-immune disease. This article lists the disease factors, common symptoms and the best treatments for your disease.


Heat Treatment Options to Relieve Arthritis Pain

Most people with arthritis will use some type of heat treatment at home on a regular basis to relieve arthritis pain. It can be as common and simple as a daily hot shower or bath, or a heating pad. There are other inexpensive options for home use as well.

Cervical Spine with straightening of normal curve due to muscle spasms after motor vehicle accident.  Creative Commons,

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Pain

Most people are not good at describing pain. I hope to help you learn the language to talk about your pain and symptoms with your doctor or other medical provider.


How to Make Ice Packs, Including Alcohol and Water Ice Slushy and Karo Syrup Ice Pack

Learn how to make high-quality ice packs at home with things like rubbing alcohol and corn syrup.


Ice Packs and Other Cold Treatments - Benefits for Pain and Swelling

Ice is an inexpensive yet very effective treatment for pain, inflammation, and swelling. Most clients do not appreciate the importance of cold treatments.

Resting hand splint should cover at least 2/3 of the forearm.  Shown worn with Isotoner glove.

How to Relieve Arthritis Pain With Resting Hand Splints

Resting hand hplints, worn while sleeping, are very effective for relief from arthritis pain and stiffness in the hands.


Strategies to Relieve Arthritis Pain

We cannot escape arthritis. However, contrar to what many people think, there are many self management strategies to get relief from arthritis pain and stiffness. Use of heat strategies, gloves and splints, exercises, and joint protection strategies are very effective.


Computer Ergonomics Tips for Desk Workers

My experience with computer workstation ergonomics started when my occupational therapy practice shifted to clients with arm complaints. I realized the majority were desk workers. Ergonomics was always an issue.

Arthritic hand. Photo by my brother.

Relieve Arthritis Pain and Stiffness in the Hands With Contrast Baths

A contrast bath is the alternating use of warm and cold water. This technique is one of the best and most simple strategies to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness in the hands.