Taking Chronic Out of Pain

Defeating The Chronicity of Pain

The patient who suffers from such chronic pain diagnosis as RSD, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, Sciatica, Chronic low back pain and degenerative disc disease to name a few is not experiencing typical cause and effect pain symptoms. These patients have had to learn to live with pain, generally becoming worse over time. Some of the specific pain etiologies of these diagnoses begin as less difficult, less painful beginning points and over time, due to the pain, these patients develop what are called "guarding" or "shielding" behaviors in order to cope with the condition.

One of the easiest examples is the patient who has been diagnosed with chronic low back pain, CLBP, and due to the pain the patient limits their activities, benefits one side of the other due to the pain, and becomes sedentary and so on. The behavior changes due to the pain impulse result in physical changes such as loss of elasticity in muscles due to inactivity, poor circulation, stress on certain muscle groups by shifting the weight of movement to a non-painful area, muscle spasms which add another level , and loss of muscle tone. Each time the patient changes their physical patterns it is common to now introduce another level of pain. It is common to see the CLBP patient develop a secondary pain referred to as sciatica. The pain is due to shielding and guarding by the patient to less the severity of the pain from the CLBP.

When a patient begins using differential therapy the main purpose is not total elimination of all pain levels but to begin to reduce the multi levels of pain one by one. As an example the Neuropathy patient may have painful areas in more than one part of the body. There generally is a primary area which was the precursor to the diagnosis of the original problem, but through shielding and guarding other areas of his / her body develop pain. The interventional therapy is intended to:

· Reduce the severity of the pain impulses position by position,
· If inflated reduce some of the inflammation
· Stop the progress of muscle tightness and in some situations cramping
· Relax the muscles
· Increase blood flow to the area for greater metabolic processes
· Allow limited range of motion / stretching exercises to increase elasticity of the tissues and cells

Once the treatments begin it's not an all or nothing approach and it's strictly lonely one treatment method. The patient may experience muscle cramping and the differential therapy wards off the cramps however the post treatment may include using some topical analgesic or sports rub to maintain the therapeutic effects. In almost all situations it is necessary to begin some form of stretching exercise to increase the tissue elasticity, and range of motion of any body part affected. The stretching which is beneficial, however also painful, can be embarrassing using unfamiliar to less the pain so greater range can be reached quicker. It's a multi function integration of treatment methods to achieve elimination of pain levels.

The chronic pain patient simply wants restoration of most functional ability and if he / she can eliminate pain levels on a weekly basis then progress is being made.

For many chronic pain patients the principal difficulties may be muscle related, ie., Muscle pain due to cramping, tightness, spasms. The patient dreads the recurrence of the muscle pain and will work to eliminate that level. By using intervenential as a precursor to stop the progress of the tightness the cycle can be stopped, however besides stretching to avoid future occurrences the patient may use an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, or hot moist heat, or arnica skin pain patches. Levels of pain require levels of treatment options resulting in elimination of most pain, step by step, level by level.

The chronic pain patient should always be remembered and treated with full knowledge that any chronic pain diagnosis is the result of failure to successfully treat the pain for greater than 6 months. The methods for treating acute pain have failed and new levels of pain stimulus emerge which requires treatment with goals of pain level elimination, one by one.

Chronic pain requires integration of treatment modalities and methods to achieve beneficial results. For the chronic pain patient there is no "magic bullet", only the will to get better and education on methods, options and clearly defined goals to achieve that success.

Source by Bob G Johnson

Why Every Student Should Start a Business

With the economic downturn, students in all the major business schools have been dropping out of their entrepreneurship classes and transferring back to classes where they think they have a secure future. Students and professionals who were once planning to start businesses now have decided to go back to their cushy jobs. Everything is going back to normal. Or at least that is how it looks. Below are nine reasons why any student should start a business:

  1. You gain experience. Owning and running your own business is an incredible way to gain experience and credentials regardless of whether you decide to stay in business once you graduate. Jaime Gonzalez of Oklahoma State University received the highest job offer in his entire graduating class. Now, there are two kickers: First, he was the founder of an IT consulting company, and second, he had a 2.4 GPA. Hmmm … I wonder if starting a business helping in getting a better job when you graduate?
  2. You have nothing to lose. I think it's safe to say that most students dip into their parents' checkbook when it comes time to pay the bills. In general, students are not paying child support, rent, utilities and many other expenses. The worst thing that could happen if your business fails is that you get a job, have an incredible credential on your resume, and have experience that will increase your chances of success in the future. The best thing that can happen is that you'll become the next Microsoft. I do not know about you, but I think that is better than choosing between no job and jobs that you're in just for the money.
  3. Two-thirds of millionaires are entrepreneurs, according to Thomas Stanley and William Dank, authors of The Millionaire Mind . If it's the money you want, then consider entrepreneurship. You receive not only a salary, but also a lot of money if you're lucky enough to sell your company or take it public. Michael Furdyk, a successful young entrepreneur, was able to sell his business, MyDesktop.com, for $ 1 million when he was 16 years old!
  4. You develop networking skills. You've likely heard that your network increases your net worth. Consider the fact that by running a business and constantly being in a business community, you will develop excellent contacts. If you choose to get a job after you graduate, you will have a great pool of people who will be more than happy to hire you or send your resume to someone who wants to.
  5. You increase your value. Put simply, starting a business in college increases the value of "the brand called you" and gives you more options. For example, an entrepreneur with a large brand value can publish a book, star in a documentary movie (ie, Startup.com), or go straight to the top of another company. I recently met one of the founders of Diversity Planet, a job site for minorities. He spent a year working very hard on the company and has since left to take a reporting job with Dateline NBC at the ripe age of 20! People do not often do not get an opportunity like that until they are much older.
  6. Operating a profitable business in the long term is less risky than being an employee in the long term. For example, just look at the recent economic downturn. Tens of thousands of people have been laid off. I can guarantee the owners of profitable businesses are still with the business. They will be the last people to go down with a ship. Business owners can have multiple streams of incoming from different customers. If you're an employee, you only have one stream of income and therefore are bearing more risk.
  7. You will learn more about yourself and what they do not teach or prepare you for in school. Furthermore, entrepreneurship is the combination of all the disciplines of business. It includes knowledge of marketing, accounting, management and operations. Already having knowledge of these topics before you take classes on them allows you to see more clearly how everything applies. Also, you will be able to learn early-on what subjects you like so you can make better decisions on what to major in and what industries to target.
  8. It is yours. You make the rules, create your own hours, work from where you want and choose who you want to work with. You can also pick what interests you the most in the world and then start a business that is related to that topic in some way. If you like art, you can start a design business. If you like marketing, you can create or choose a product and then market it. If you like writing, you can write a book and do your own public relations and marketing. If you like the Internet, you can start a Web development business.
  9. You'll grow. I personally have grown a lot from owning a business. I used to be terrified to speak in front of others. Now I look forward to it. Before owning a business, I had probably read a total of five books outside of school, and I only read them because my mom made me. Since starting my business, I've probably read more than 100 books. The business has also allowed me to learn more about myself. I know that I will be an entrepreneur forever in some way, shape or form!

Reprinted with permission from Entrepreneur.com. Copyright © 2005.

Source by Michael Simmons