The Pain-Mitigated Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid to Better Manage Pain

Hippocrates advised his patients to let their food be their medicine. Increasingly, modern society is recognizing that there are “health foods” and “junk foods.” In discussing what pain patients should eat, clinicians should first recognize that there are two main strategies. First, there is general healthful eating. This is the sort of diet everyone should adhere to at least most …

Topical Menthol Gel versus a Placebo Gel on Post-manipulation Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain

Topical Menthol Gel versus a Placebo Gel on Post-manipulation Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain Robert Topp, Kara Solem, Jena Etnoyer-Slaski, and Barton Bishop Journal of Performance Health Research Volume 1, Issue 2. Pages 40–47DOI: 10.25036/jphr.2017.1.2.topp.2 © 2017 Performance Health www.performancehealthresearch.com OBSERVATIONAL COHORT Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether patients with …

Mechanisms and time course of menthol-induced cutaneous vasodilation

This great paper by Craighead, McCartney,  Tumlinson and Alexander describes the vasodilation dose-response of topical menthol. In the post below, we’ve listed some important info from the study, but to read the full study, please see the link at the bottom of the article…  Microvasc Res. 2017 Mar;110:43-47. doi: 10.1016/j.mvr.2016.11.008. Epub 2016 Nov 27  Craighead DH, McCartney NB, Tumlinson JH, …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

How Topical Analgesics Really Work

There is nothing new about the use of menthol as a topical analgesic.1 The skin contains a dense neural network embedded in the dermal-epidermal junction. Fibrous strands from these deep nerves project outward to the skin’s surface. Stimuli to the cutaneous region is perceived by these nerves, which can result in pain signaling or the initiation of the inflammatory cascade. …

Ten Ways to Help Your Patients Talk About Pain

Pain is one of the oldest medical complaints and even today remains the most frequent reason for which people seek care.1 There are very few in the healthcare system—chiropractors, physical therapists, dentists, nurses, physicians– who do not regularly help patients manage pain. Still, patients may neglect to talk about their pain in meaningful ways or may not even bring pain …

Could the origin of all pain stem from Inflammation?

Whether we’re talking about acute or chronic pain, peripheral or central pain, nociceptive or neuropathic pain… whether the pain is sharp, dull, aching, burning, stabbing, numbing or tingling, there’s a theory proposed by the researchers below that all pain arises from inflammation and the inflammatory response within the body. Could this mean that a consistent effort to help our patients …

Dr. Donald L. Hayes

DC and President of Wellness Watchers Global, LLC, Ceautamed Worldwide, LLC & GreensFirst.com

Recorded Webinar – The latest concepts in Pain, a Free Webinar presented by Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi

Stay up to date on the latest health and wellness topics with the new PT Aligned webinar series. From innovative treatment techniques to business best practices, the PT Aligned webinar series will provide FREE continuing education from some of Healthcare’s most respected thought leaders and researchers. Date: Tuesday, May 29th at 2:30pm EST Cost: FREE Title: International Speaker and Pain …

The latest concepts in Pain, a Free Webinar presented by Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi

Stay up to date on the latest health and wellness topics with the new PT Aligned webinar series. From innovative treatment techniques to business best practices, the PT Aligned webinar series will provide FREE continuing education from some of Healthcare’s most respected thought leaders and researchers. Date: Tuesday, May 29th at 2:30pm EST Cost: FREE Title: International Speaker and Pain …

Multimodal Therapy for Multimechanistic Pain

To a patient, pain is pain. But to clinicians, it is important to understand the underlying pain mechanisms in order to find the appropriate modalities for pain control.1 Pain can be divided into two broad categories: physiological (nociception, inflammation) and pathological (neuropathic). Nociceptive pain occurs when there is an injury at the periphery (for example, hitting your thumb with a …

Introduction to OxyRub PRO

Pain is one of the most frequent reasons that people seek out a healthcare professional,1 but finding an optimal and effective solution to painful conditions still remains a challenge. Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., a world-renowned pain specialist based in Florida, understands the limitations of current analgesic products. Even relatively mild analgesic products available over the counter carry with them serious …