Laws about acupuncture practice vary from state to state and right now, only about 40 states have standards for certification.
There are different levels of independence, and like all things, there can be too much of a good thing. Some people are extremely independent, sometimes to the point that they don't realize that this independence is causing more harm than good. Some by avoiding the issue, pretending it's not there, and then they don't have to deal with it. However, that's not realistic if pain is affecting their life.
Whenever my pain flairs up, I get more anxious, then I feel like the pain is worse. How can I control the anxiety and keep my pain from getting worse?Posted April 26th, 2007 by Matt
The cycle of anxiety and pain can be frustrating. As you become more anxious, you may tense up, feel more aware and hyper alert, and then feel more pain. Then, as the pain gets worse, the cycle continues.
What kinds of things does the doctor look for if he wants to know if I'll be good at handling my own care?Posted April 26th, 2007 by Matt
Trying to decide if a patient is a good candidate for self-care isn't an exact science, but there are certain signs that will tell a doctor if someone might be more successful than someone else.
I've been suffering from pain since my car accident a few years ago. My medication doesn't seem to be helping me. Is there anything else I can do?Posted April 26th, 2007 by Matt
There's an expression: knowledge is power. Taking charge of your health is a good example of how that can be true. Having pain over a long period of time can be frustrating and depressing. This can go in circles, causing even more pain in the long run. Once the vicious cycle begins, it can be hard to break out of it. You and your doctor need to work together as a team. Your doctor is there to help you, but you need to understand what is happening to your body and to take control.
Many people who experience chronic pain search for alternative methods of pain relief. In this article, researchers review four studies that investigated the effectiveness of acupuncture among people with migraines, tension-type headaches, chronic lower back pain, or osteoarthritis of the knee.
As the medical community tries to find ways to help patients become more independent in managing their health issues, researchers have discover how emotional development as children may affect how one copes with adverse events, like illness, as an adult.
Living with chronic pain can be hard, both physically and emotionally. Taking medications or participating in pain management programs can make life easier, but patients can also help themselves through self-management, or taking control of their own pain management.
Although pain and depression are two completely different things, they can be connected very closely. When someone experiences chronic pain, they can find themselves not doing many of the activities they enjoy doing, or they may not do them as well as they used to. Chronic pain can keep them from going out to social activities, or spending time with family and friends. Just moving around the home or concentrating on a favorite television show may become difficult.
My brother suffered a back injury on the job and has been left disabled. He was always such a positive person but now he seems hopeless. Can anything be done to help him snap out of it?Posted April 12th, 2007 by Matt
Your brother may be experiencing mental defeat. This is a common response to chronic pain. The person starts to see pain as an enemy out to get me. They start to feel less than human. They may even say the pain is taking over.
Chronic pain and loss can trigger negative beliefs about self in relation to pain. The person may experience a loss of control leading to a sense of helplessness.