Chronic pain management

Vitamin D and chronic pain

When it comes to the management of chronic pain one of the nutrients I consider in many cases is vitamin D. The idea that there was a link between chronic pain and vitamin D levels came from a paper I read a decade ago (Faraj, 2003) outlining the relationship between non-specific low back pain and… Continue reading Vitamin D and chronic pain

Chronic pain management, Health Tips, neuropathy, nutrition

An after-meal stroll can help improve diabetes

The causes of chronic pain are many and varied but a condition I see with increasing frequently is chronic pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. This isn’t particularly surprising given the significant rise in Type 2 diabetes in Australia. Treatment usually focuses on improved blood-sugar control and nerve support with the aim of slowing progression and… Continue reading An after-meal stroll can help improve diabetes

Chronic pain management

A conventional view of naturopathy in chronic pain

A set of excellent guidelines by NPS MedicineWise includes complementary medicine approaches as part of overall health care planning for those in chronic pain. The specific recommendations also include aspects of life such as physical fitness, mood, sleep, relaxation and overall health. I find these inclusions so positive as they support a holistic approach to… Continue reading A conventional view of naturopathy in chronic pain

Chronic pain management, Insomnia, Uncategorized

Overcoming sleepless nights…

For about 5 years insomnia was a regular and generally unwelcome companion of mine. Over this time I managed to function well, most of the time but there was this nagging belief that I ‘should’ be able to heal myself if I just found the right solution. Well that thought wasn’t overly helpful because there… Continue reading Overcoming sleepless nights…

Chronic pain management, Health Tips, IBS

Healing Stewed Apple

Diarrhoea or constipation, abdominal pain and bloating are symptoms commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This conditions affects up to 15% of individuals at some time in their life and is frequently associated with anxiety, stress and poor emotional well-being. The gut symptoms, emotional impact and inflammation associated with IBS can lead to chronic… Continue reading Healing Stewed Apple

Chronic pain management, Uncategorized

A holistic approach to chronic pain

An article in the recent Australian Pain Newsletter by pain specialist Dr Chris Hayes (2016) really stood out to me this month as it emphasises the necessity for a holistic approach to the management of chronic non-cancer pain. The biopsychosocial model is widely accepted as the predominant framework for understanding the experience of chronic pain… Continue reading A holistic approach to chronic pain