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There are countless treatments for people in pain. Scams are everywhere, but so is evidence-based hope. Get started with a big compilation of pain survival tips, with links to dozens more articles about popular DIY treatments like self-massageice or heat, or the amazingly controversial Epsom salts. I also review major therapy methods like massagechiropractic, and acupuncture.

Exercise! The closest thing there is to a miracle drug

    • Strength Training Surprises — Why building muscle is easier, better, and more important than you thought, and its vital role in injury rehabilitation
    • Strength Training Frequency — Less is more than enough: go to the gym less frequently but still gain strength fast enough for anyone but a bodybuilder
    • Quite a Stretch — Stretching science has shown that this extremely popular form of exercise has almost no measurable benefits
    • The Art of Rest — The finer points of resting strategy when recovering from injury and chronic pain (hint: it’s a bit trickier than you might think)
    • The Trouble with Chairs — The science of being sedentary and how much it does (or doesn’t) affect your health and back pain
    • Microbreaking — Lots of little breaks may compensate for too much time spent in chairs
    • Mobilize! — Dynamic joint mobility drills are an alternative to stretching that “massage with movement
    • Does Posture Correction Matter? — Posture correction strategies and exercises … and some reasons not to care or bother
    • Get in the Pool for Pain — Aquatic therapy, aquajogging, water yoga, floating and other water-based treatment and injury rehab options
    • Deep Cervical Flexor Training — “Core” strengthening for the neck

Massage therapy: everyone’s favourite luxury therapy

Chiropractic: perpetually the most controversial health care profession

  • The Chiropractic Controversies — An introduction to chiropractic controversies like aggressive billing, treating kids, and neck manipulation risks.
  • Spinal Subluxation — Can your spine be out of alignment? Chiropractic’s big idea has been misleading patients for more than a century Probably not.
  • Does Spinal Manipulation Work? — Spinal manipulation, adjustment, and popping of the spinal joints and the subluxation theory of disease, back pain and neck pain.
  • Organ Health Does Not Depend on Spinal Nerves! — One of the key selling points for chiropractic care is the anatomically impossible premise that your spinal nerve roots are important to your general health.
  • Digital Motion X-Ray — What’s the risk from the radiation exposure? Is the diagnostic potential worth it?

Medications & supplements

  • Does Epsom Salt Work? — The science of Epsom salt bathing for recovery from muscle pain, soreness, or injury.
  • Does Arnica Gel Work for Pain? — A detailed review of popular homeopathic (diluted) herbal creams and gels like Traumeel, used for muscle pain, joint pain, sports injuries, bruising, and post-surgical inflammation.
  • Voltaren® Gel Review — A useful rub-on anti-inflammatory medication for arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, runner’s knee, and muscle strain.
  • Opioids for Chronic Aches & Pains — The nuclear option: “Hillbilly heroin” (Oxycontin), codeine and other opioids for musculoskeletal problems like neck and back pain.
  • Can Supplements Help Arthritis and Other Aches and Pains? — Debunkery and analysis of supplements and food-like medicines (nutraceuticals), especially glucosamine, chondroitin, and creatine, mostly as they relate to pain.
  • Vitamin D for Pain — Is it safe and reasonable for chronic pain patients to take higher doses of Vitamin D? And just how high is safe?

Tools, gadgets & hardware


Injections, surgeries (mostly minor surgeries)

Energy medicine & subtle therapies


Consumer tips, advocacy & anti-quackery activism

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