Links on Fibromyalgia

As a medical condition, fibromyalgia is poorly understood, often improperly treated, and usually considered to be a made-up condition by physicians and patients alike. Because of this many people don't know the best ways to deal with fibromyalgia. IT Works has put together a few articles that highlight common symptoms of fibromyalgia, ways to help treat and manage the condition, and some leading medical studies that attempt to pinpoint causes and and ways to help benefit fibromyalgia sufferers.

Links on Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Recently on the IT Works website we focused on a few articles related to arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. We've decided to post them here collectively to serve as a resource for our patients and anyone else on the Web.
The first article addresses a common question and issue when it comes to understanding arthritis and RA: Can you can RA at any age? To read it, please click here.

Prescriptions, Technology, and Pain

This blog post features a few different articles about dealing with pain via the science of pharmacology and new technologies. Prescribing painkillers is a common practice in dealing with chronic pain, but it can have serious and unfortunate consequences including addiction and death. The fact remains that painkillers only mask the symptoms and do nothing to ultimately heal those suffering from chronic pain.

Important Information on Potential Changes to Michigan's No-Fault Insurance!

At IT Works we treat an extensive amount of patients that have been involved in an automotive accidents. The Michigan Senate and House are currently trying to race through a bill that would increase the profits of insurance companies at the expense of injured auto drivers and passengers, and the the medical professionslas who help them recover from their injuries. The bill provides no meaningful savings to auto insurance subscribers and gives much more ability to the insurance adjusters and their attorneys to restricts, delay or deny medically mecessary care and payment.

The "MELT" Method

Today's blog post isn't an article, but a video! This ABC News report features a something called the "MELT" method, which is designed to target the fascia - a connective tissue that run through the whole body. While we do not practice the "MELT" method specifically, we understand the importance of working with the fascia and true difference it can make in treating chonic pain patients.

Spider Venom for Pain?

Would you try a medicine made from spider vemon if it helped treat your pain? What if it meant not having to use addictive and harmful opioid-based painkillers? Researchers have discovered a potential benefit in a compound found in spider venom, and while it may seem weird or scary to some, the potential benefits may outwiegh these fears. A medicine from spider venom could not only help reduce pain but could also help end our dependence on narcotic painkillers that do more harm than good.

Ways to help your Sciatica

Today's blog features two articles on sciatica. The first article can help you to discover the real cause of your sciatica, which may help you to find better ways to treat and deal with the pain. As we all know, sciatica is a real pain in the you-know-what, but coming to better understanding of it can help you in the long-run. The second artilce contians a list of 8 natural treatments to help you with your sciatica, including using acupuncture. The IT Works approach integrates acupunture into physical therapy, and we can't stress the benefits enough!

What is Inflammation?

While the IT Works approach to physical therapy is designed to reduce inflammation and keep it away, many patients are unaware of what inflammation is exactly and how it causes pain. As many of you know, reducing inflammation is a huge road block in helping treat one's chronic pain, but there are some small changes you can make to help fight inflammation at home.
To read the article, click here.

Virtual Reality to Help Pain Patients

As we saw last week with the article from NPR, the brain-body connection to pain is strong and undeniable. But what role can technology play in helping chronic pain patients? Using the virtual reality system, Oculus Rift, a small study suggests that technology can have a profoundly beneficial effect on chronic pain patients.
To read the article, click here.

Interpreting Pain in the Body

Today's article comes from the NPR blog and offers an interesting look into the way that pain is interpreted in the body via our brains. Pain is both physical and emotional, and the brain is in charge of how both aspects are interpreted. Take the time to read or listen to the article, it may shed some light onto your pain and help to provide some solutions.
To read/listen to the article, click here.

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