How to Help Others Understand Chronic Pain

Here are some ways to help increase understanding about the challenges of chronic pain:

  1. Know What You Want to Say  

    People who are looking for a job or pitching a business proposition are often advised to have a brief synopsis ready to describe themselves or their idea. Called an elevator speech or an elevator pitch, this conversation is usually about 30 seconds. Try adapting this idea to your chronic pain experience as you meet new friends or see opportunities to increase others' understanding. It's a quick way to boost awareness without getting too bogged down in the details.

  2. Help Others With Chronic Pain  

    Do you have a friend who has chronic pain as well and could benefit from a support group, but is reluctant to give it a try? Invite him or her to join you. Going with a friend to a support group meeting may make your friend more comfortable about attending.

  3. Join an Advocacy Group

    Advocacy organizations for a number of chronic pain conditions hold fundraisers and other events throughout the year. Checking these organizations' websites and Facebook pages can help you stay up-to-date on events.

  4. Spread the Word

    You could ask to set up a table and distribute brochures at a pain management open house, book-signing, or demonstrations of yoga or acupuncture to help others understand.

As you reach out to help others understand chronic pain, continue to expand your knowledge with us! We offer many educational articles on our website!

CBD Oil and Arthritis

Recent studies suggest that cannabidiol oil could play a role in the treatment of arthritis. Here at Integrated Pain Solutions, we want to present you with all the facts! Continue reading to learn the benefits of CBD Oil in regards to arthritis.  

What Is It?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, also called hemp oil, contains CBD extracts from cannabis plants. Some people use CBD oil to relieve pain associated with chronic conditions, such as arthritis.

CBD oil is the oil derived from hemp, which is a type of cannabis plant. CBD is a type of cannabinoid, which is a chemical that occurs naturally in cannabis plants and is not a psychoactive chemical.

How it Works

CBD may help manage chronic pain by affecting the brain's response to pain signals. Cannabinoids, such as CBD, attach themselves to specialized receptors in a person's brain and immune system. One of these receptors, called a CB2 receptor, plays a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation.

Researchers believe that when CBD enters a person's body, it may attach to CB2 receptors. Alternatively, it may cause the body to produce natural cannabinoids that attach to the CB2 receptors. Either way, scientists think CBD affects the way that these receptors respond to the signals that they receive, possibly helping reduce inflammation and pain.

CBD Oil and Arthritis

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting over 50 million Americans. The two most common types of arthritis are:

· Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): An autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system attacks their joints, causing inflammation. RA commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.

· Osteoarthritis (OA): A degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.

Some studies on animals suggest that CBD could help treat arthritis and relieve the associated inflammatory pain:

· A 2011 study found that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting the way that pain receptors respond to stimuli.

· A 2014 review of the existing body of research on animals concluded that CBD may be an effective treatment for OA.

· A 2016 study found that the topical application of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

· A 2017 study found that CBD might be a safe and useful treatment for OA joint pain.

While findings so far have been encouraging, more research is necessary to confirm that CBD oil is an effective treatment for arthritis pain. Are you interested in trying CBD to help manage your chronic pain? Give us a call today at 844-939-7246!

What is Disc Biacuplasty?

What is Disc Biacuplasty?

Sometimes, pain from a damaged or displaced disk can be completely debilitating. For many sufferers, the standard treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, medication, injections, or rest can only provide limited relief. For long term relief, patients are often recommended highly invasive surgeries that have complicated risks and may not be entirely effective.

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