Cupping, Gua Sha, and Acupuncture: Can They Help with Arthritis and Chronic Pain?
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Cupping, Gua Sha, and Acupuncture: Can They Help with Arthritis and Chronic Pain?

Most of you know that I am a big fan of integrative medicine: a mix of natural or alternative methodologies and traditional pharmaceutical treatments. In fact, one of the first “real” published articles I wrote was in a local magazine (called South Fayette & Neighbors, now known as IN South Fayette,) in 2006, and it … Continue reading

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Ancient Methods of Pain Relief – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

It’s always amazing to see how far science and medicine have come. I thought it would be interesting for us arthritis patients to learn more about ancient methods of pain relief and old-fashioned arthritis treatments! Here are some interesting “old-school” methods of managing pain:   Cupping Therapy: Cupping is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese … Continue reading

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Back Pain and Spine Health Solutions – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Nearly everyone experiences some form of back pain or another at some point throughout their lifetime.  Of course, as with many conditions and ailments, the degree of severity varies greatly. However, there are things that you can do to strengthen your spine and support your back, which could alleviate pain, stiffness, and tension. Here are … Continue reading

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Can Love Conquer All – Even Arthritis Pain? – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Just in time for the steadfastly approaching Valentine’s Day, a recent Arthritis Today article claimed that love maybe can conquer all….even arthritis pain! But, how true is it? According to the article, “a study of 15 people (8 women and 7 men) in the first stages of romance found that love activates the same reward … Continue reading

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Acupuncture for Arthritis – Does it Work? – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

 I have had acupuncture maybe 10 times before. Sometimes, I feel that it provides relief, and sometimes, unfortunately, it does nothing for me. Like everything, I believe that each experience is unique, and that a lot of other factors contribute to the results each time. I would never say that it doesn’t work — in … Continue reading

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Talking About Pain: Can It Affect The Way We Feel? – by Ashley Boynes

Last week, I challenged Facebook friends to describe their chronic illness in 3 words. Many of these people had Rheumatoid Arthritis and similar conditions, and many of them used words such as “frustrating, isolating, ugly, lonely, indescribable, difficult, invisible, painful, hurting, tiring, depressing, agonizing, expensive, challenging, life-changing, annoying, misunderstood, tearful, excruciating, exhausting, consuming, limiting” and … Continue reading

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Ashley’s Journey to Wellness – Entry #21 – Life’s a Beach: Sacrifices for Health, Biofeedback, Anxiety, and Shoes!

Hello, friends! I hope that today finds you all doing well and feeling okay lately! My trip to South Carolina was lovely and relaxing. I enjoyed some nice beach time, loved the sunshine, and got some quality time with my parents and boyfriend. The sun and warm weather made me feel a lot better, my … Continue reading