Migraines are a common form of pain. In fact, they’re so common that there’s someone suffering from migraines in 1 of 4 American households. And while it may seem natural to reach for an over-the-counter painkiller to ease the pain, you’re actually doing yourself a […]
Each and every one of us play an integral role in the quality of our own personal healthcare. Just listening to your doctor alone isn’t enough. It would be like going to the dentist twice a year, but never brushing your teeth. You need to be asking questions, educating yourself and making an effort to live a […]
If your doctor says things are just going to get worse, you may wonder why bother doing anything about it? But taking care of yourself can actually lead to living a fuller life.
Every patient is unique. The same diagnosis doesn’t equal the same approach to healing.
Chronic disease doesn’t mean you can’t heal. There is a […]
Have you ever walked out of a specialist’s office without an answer for your pain? If you have, take heart. You’re not alone.
In this interview, I talk about how healthcare providers can mean when they discuss test results.
“There’s nothing wrong with you” is good news. If you’re told this by a specialist even though you have pain, take heart. […]
What is Pain?
There is a famous drawing from the 1600’s that claims to show the pathway of pain, starting from the flame stimulating the skin and travelling directly to the brain to be perceived. That seems easy to understand.
The problem is that the drawing is oversimplified. New research shows more pieces of this complicated puzzle […]
The 2-Second Explanation of Integrative Medicine (IM)
Integrative Medicine combines the precision of Western medicine with approaches from complementary and alternative medicine. For example, an integrative medicine practitioner might combine stress-reduction techniques, nutritional guidance, and Western medicine to treat a chronic disease.
What’s the Difference Between Integrative Medicine and Conventional Healthcare?
The largest difference is that integrative medicine […]
Do you wonder where pain comes from? It turns out the answer is a little complicated.
Chronic pain is influenced by every part of your body. When you talked to doctors who are interested in nerves and pain, it’s a nerve thing. And when you talked to doctors who are focused on behavior, well it’s a behavior thing and […]
Dr. Tick’s Breakthrough Strategies to Manage and Eliminate Pain
With over 30 years of medical experience, Heather Tick, M.D. presents the evidence for a different way of managing pain. While still in medical school, Tick learned how acupuncture and attention to nutrition could address her own pain. After that experience, she launched […]
If you’re thinking of adding turmeric to your diet, please try it. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has two dozen anti-inflammatory qualities, is effective in treating pain, and the risk of turmeric supplement side effects is low. The spice is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and may prevent cancer, reduce the risk of pain, and treat arthritis.
Pain is complex. We don’t fully understand what causes pain. We do know, however, that inflammation is a large factor and can impact every cell type and organ system. Inflammation is how our body reacts to harmful substances like bacteria, viruses, and damaged cells and is responsible for most of the damaging effects we […]