chronic pain

Fibromyalgia, Part 2

Last time I talked about the diagnostic definition of fibromyalgia. This time I will continue to discuss another unique clinical feature of this syndrome, and that is the low pain tolerance of this patient group, especially toward pressure. This will further lead us to discuss the concept of central sensitization.

Total Psychological?
When a heavy coat is put on our shoulder or someone puts their hand on our shoulder, we feel an associated weight or pressure. However, people with fibromyalgia may feel the pressure painful. The perception of the same amount of physical stimuli is different between normal and fibromyalgia. Is it psychological? Or, is there any physiological explanation?

Sensory Stimulus to Interpretation

Can Diet Improve Chronic Pain?

Could an anti-inflammatory diet help to ease chronic pain symptoms? Your questions about diet and inflammation answered.

What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is any pain lasting for greater than three months. Pain is the body’s normal response to alert us to possible injury, but chronic pain persists and often can start without an obvious cause. When there is no clear cause, pain is usually linked to an underlying issue such as sleep disorders, mood changes, or inflammation from poor dietary choices. Examples of chronic pain are arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, or any musculoskeletal pain lasting more than three months. 

Fibromyalgia, Part 1

The term Fibromyalgia is widely used nowadays. Quite a number of people say they have fibromyalgia, especially with chronic pain over multiple parts of their body. However, how much do you understand this condition? We know it's meaning, derived from three words: "fibro" (fibrous tissue), "myo" (muscles), and "algia" (pain). However, medically, there is still a lot we do not know about it.

Not a Disease
Fibromyalgia affects middle aged women. The incidence is much more in female than male. We still do not know either the cause or the course of it. Therefore, fibromyalgia is considered a syndrome, not a disease. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms. The hallmark of fibromyalgia is the generalized, chronic musculoskeletal pain. However, it is commonly associated with psychologically-related symptoms such as anxiety and stress. 

3 Exercises You Should Be Doing

Each of us have muscle imbalances and poor body mechanics we've developed because of pain, injury, or bad postural habits we've picked up over time. These poor postures or movement patterns place our bodies in a de-conditioned state and making us susceptible to chronic pain and injury. The point of corrective exercise is to identify these imbalances and create a program to correct them.

Here are the top three corrective exercises you should be doing right now:

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