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

Healthline.com: RA & Massage: Go Ahead, Try Massage Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Healthline.com: RA & Massage: Go Ahead, Try Massage Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

My second article for Healthline.com is now live. Read on to learn about the Massage Envy Spa & Arthritis Foundation event, Healing Hands for Arthritis, as well as the benefits of massage for rheumatoid arthritis patients. “Go Ahead, Try Massage Therapy for RA” – click here to read it. Do you enjoy massages to help … 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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The Hot and Cold of Arthritis: The Heat vs. Ice Debate – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Some people swear by heat for arthritis; others will only use ice.  With weather, too, responses vary: some people enjoy a warmer climate, others prefer cooler weather. So, what’s the deal: is “hot” or “cold” better for arthritis patients? The truth is, as with anything, it varies from person-to-person and case-to-case. Some of it has … Continue reading

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Practice Good Posture to Reduce Arthritis Pain and Promote Joint Health – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

“Sit up straight!” “Put your shoulders back!” Your elders likely critiqued your posture when you were a youngster, but turned out, posture is important even for those of us who aren’t walking the runway or attending a fancy tea party. If you have any form of chronic pain or arthritis, using good posture is essential … 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