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Rx from the P.A.’s: On Smoking Cessation

May 13, 2016

  Our last article focused on the special risk long-term smoking poses to people with chronic pain. This week, we are continuing the conversation. BRPM’s own Laura Davis, P.A., is especially knowledgeable and understanding when it comes to the difficulties of smoking cessation. We asked Laura about her personal experience with smoking and what she […]

Smoking and Chronic Pain

April 29, 2016

Study after study has linked smoking to chronic pain conditions–both in the onset of chronic pain and severity of that pain. These results have surprised scientists given that nicotine carries an analgesic property. Smoking cigarettes should provide pain relief. But chronic smoking weakens the body and its processes, thus allowing pain to flourish. What follows […]

Are You Catastrophizing?

February 19, 2016

When you find yourself in a difficult circumstance, what is your response? Do you tend to focus on the negatives of the situation (or relationship) and your helplessness to within it? Or are you able to keep a positive perspective even when faced with tough odds? It is a loaded question, of course. All of […]

Community Events to keep you going

January 29, 2016

We are getting into the doldrums of winter. You know: that time of year when cozying up by the fire while the weather outside is frightful doesn’t sound so cozy anymore. We are tired of the cold, tired of the snow, and tired of all the aches, pains, and hassles that come from Old Man […]

On Holiday Stressors

December 17, 2015

As we move into the busiest part of the holiday season (or as a friend calls, “Crunch time!”), stress and–as a natural result–chronic pain are likely to amplify. We asked clinical psychologist, Dr. John Heil, from Psychological Health Roanoke, to address the underlying causes of holiday stressors and offer advice for staying positive and healthy […]

1 to 10 Countdown Meditation

December 11, 2015

As we have mentioned several times on the BRPM blog, meditation is an excellent practice for managing chronic pain symptoms. On our blog and website, you will find multiple tools for practicing meditation. Today we bring you another resource from Dr. John Heil, clinical psychologist at Psychological Health Roanoke. Dr. Heil specializes in sports psychology […]

Healthy You Challenge #36

November 30, 2015

Welcome to the official start to the Christmas season and our last month of Healthy You Challenges! Here is your challenge for this week: Look at your holiday ‘to do’ list. Choose one thing that causes you tremendous stress. Either: a) cross it off your list, or b) find a way to limit the level […]

On Giving Thanks

November 25, 2015

Last week several of the BRPM staff took up a challenge to write daily in a gratitude journal. At the end of the week, they reflected on the practice and the impact–if any–it had on their outlook and their days. Below are the reflection questions they were asked and responses from two of our staff. […]

On Goals–a Re-post

October 22, 2015

This week’s Healthy You Challenge is a chance for you to assess your successes and failures the past ten weeks. We do this periodically for a reason. Unless you look critically at how well you are meeting your goals, you will not make progress towards a healthier lifestyle. Early last spring, we devoted an entire […]

Healthy You Challenge #29

October 5, 2015

This week’s Healthy You Challenge focuses on your workplace: Assess your workplace environment. Make notes on how your work station may be contributing to your chronic pain condition. Most chronic pain conditions happen over time. Bad posture, lifting objects repeatedly with poor form, an ill-positioned computer or keyboard or chair; all these things and more […]