#55 Evening Primrose Oil – for pain relief

Have you ever heard of the Evening Primrose? It is a biennial plant, meaning it takes two years to complete its biological life cycle, and it is characterized by it’s beautiful yellow flowers. Its name stems (no pun intended) from…

#54 Lidocaine – Numbing the Pain

Image of A man holding his lower back with both hands. His lower back appears red indicating inflammation or pain.

What is Lidocaine? Lidocaine is a type of anesthetic, a substance which numbs tissues to block pain perception. Lidocaine is often used as a topical anesthetic in forms such as gels, liquids, or creams, but is also available via injections.…

#52 Orthotics: When it’s Not Always a Walk in the Park

#52 Orthotics: When it’s Not Always a Walk in the Park

For many people experiencing neuropathy,  foot drop or drop foot may be a developing symptom that is uncomfortable and frustrating. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) characterizes drop foot as the struggle or inability to lift the toes…

#51 Your Present: Mind Full or Mindful?

A sunset with a large tree silhouette in the sun's path, with the saying: Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

A lot of our time is spent thinking. Not only do we think a lot, but we think a lot about things outside of any present moment. Thanks to the evolutionary achievement of stimulus independent thought, the human default brain…

#50 Mirror Box Therapy – Retraining the Brain

Mirror Box Therapy (also known as Mirror Therapy) was created by Villayanur S. Ramachandran initially to assist in the alleviation of phantom limb pain.  The principle of mirror box therapy is the use of a mirror to create a reflective illusion of an affected limb…

#49 Herbal Healing: Careful With Comfrey

Comfrey isn’t just a pretty plant. Growing approximately three feet tall and producing stalks covered with pointed leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers, herbal medicine traditions have used applications of this plant for centuries. From poultices or mashed topical…

#48 Home Detox: Gardening for Wellness

#48  Home Detox: Gardening for Wellness

Home Detox: Indoor Gardening for Wellness!   With winter well behind us (knock on wood… this is Canada after all) nature is in full swing, blooming and growing! If you have a green thumb, your yard may be calling to…

#47 Journaling for Pain Management

A person sitting on grass with knees up so they can write in a book that is on their lap.

  If you’re suffering from chronic pain, a simple but helpful tool to consider is journaling. It doesn’t involve much (just a pen, paper, and the willingness to sit down and write), but it can be quite useful for pain…

#46 Infrared Light Therapy: Many Conclusions More Questions

A wooden room with infrared lights all around. There are benches around the perimeter for sitting or lying down.

Phototherapy, also known as light therapy, is a form of medical treatment which applies specific wavelengths and intensities of light to a patient (10). If you Google ‘phototherapy for neuropathy’ the page floods with recommendations specifically for  infrared focused light…