May Newsletter

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Spring is actually here! Spring often symbolizes growth, new life, and change. That is what we are going to focus on this month, the fact that change is ALWAYS possible.

Your situation can ALWAYS improve, whether it is through mental changes or changes in your lifestyle. Life can ALWAYS improve! You can read more about this below in our blog post "Overcoming 5 Common Chronic Pain Fears." 

This month, we are also sharing information on Naturopathic Physicians, primary care practitioners trained as specialists in natural medicine. They are a great alternative doctor to consider for just about any chronic pain condition. Naturopathy has been around for over 100 years! 

If you want to talk about anything visit our support group

Finding HOPE 

Overcoming 5 Common Chronic Pain Fears

By: Jena Ann, Hope Instilled 

Chronic Pain ResourcesFEAR is what leaves us feeling stuck, it can control us and manipulate us if we let it. We might not even realize fear is in control. Thoughts in the back of our mind say things to us and we just listen automatically without hesitation.

What fears do you have with chronic pain? Do they have too much power? 
It is okay to have fears, we all do, but the question is to what degree? Are your fears controlling your life? Are they holding you back from making improvements? 

Living with chronic pain is not easy, there are no easy solutions or magical cures, but there is always the possibility of finding more light in the darkness. Hope is available, change is inevitable, and improving your life is always possible.

Overcoming 5 Chronic Pain Fears
"If we expect change we must act on our hope every day until we have accomplished what we wanted." 

- Christopher Goodman

Discovering Alternative Treatments:
Naturopathic Medicine

From: Hope Instilled

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Chronic Pain ResourcesNaturopathic medicine (naturopathy) is based on the concept that the body has the natural ability to heal itself. A naturopath physician assesses a person as a whole, identifies the cause of the problem or illness, and treats it with natural solutions tailored to that patient. They also provide advice on lifestyle changes to treat health problems and even prevent them. 

How Naturopaths Can Help with Chronic Pain

Since a naturopath looks at the whole health of a person on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, they could be helpful at treating just about any chronic illness. In addition, treatments are non-invasive and natural so they are not harmful, side effects are rare. Secondly, physicians focus on finding the root causes for pain, unlike Modern Medicine that focuses on symptoms. Therefore, they eliminate the problems which allows a person’s body to heal, preventing the pain from getting worse with time. Thirdly, Naturopaths help people live healthier lifestyles, and give advice to prevent future diseases.

Learn more about what is is, the principles of naturopathy, treatments, conditions it can help, how safe it is, the history of it, scientific proof, how to find a good practitioner, and what to expect at the initial appointment on our website.

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Exercise and chronic pain, it's not what you think.

Exploring Wellness: Pilates 

What is Pilates? 

By: Hope Instilled

Chronic Pain ResourcesPilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body (An Exercise in Balance: The Pilates Phenomenon). It will stabilize and strengthen your core postural muscles supporting the spine. Pilates helps with alignment which helps relieve and prevent back pain. When doing Pilates, you gain greater control over the movement of your body through correct spinal and pelvic alignment, concentration on movement, and through proper breathing. 

Benefits of Pilates for Chronic Pain

Pilates exercises for chronic pain work by enhancing the primary muscular support system of the body, to offload the joints and important structures of the body, ultimately leading to a reduction of pain (Physiolates, 2018). Pilates is great for chronic pain sufferers because exercises are low impact, they increase muscle strength, and can be altered to fit your ability level. Often your brain will move away from focusing on painful areas when it is busy concentrating on the body as a whole. 

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“Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the hope that they won’t last forever. That hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. That we will be led out of the darkness and into the sunshine.”

- Anonymous 
DIY Natural Recipe: Butterbur

Butterbur can help with:
  • Treating Seasonal Allergies 
  • Improving Inflammation 
  • Relieving Migraines 
  • Reducing Asthma 
  • Protect Brain & Heart 

Butterbur, or Petasites hybridus, is a type of shrub typically found in Europe as well as some parts of Asia and North America.

It is a member of the sunflower family of plants. And it is related to the dandelion, marigold, dahlia, safflower, thistle and artichoke.

Its potent medicinal properties have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health conditions. 

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    Take as softgel capsules.
    They are widely available in most natural health stores and online retailers. Recommended dosage is 50–75 milligrams twice a day. Start with a smaller amount to assess tolerance.

    Look for a reputable brand with very few added ingredients for the best quality. Avoid butterbur products containing pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), a chemical that can cause damage to the liver and other adverse side effects. 

    Read more on Butterbur on Dr. Axe: Butterbur: The Herb that Relieves Allergies, Migraines & More

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    Hope Instilled Resources & Support

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    Chronic Pain ResourcesNew Content on Website
    View our page on Naturopathic Physicians find out what they are and how they can help with chronic pain. Plus, a new blog post: Overcoming 5 Common Chronic Pain Fears
    Chronic Pain ResourcesShare Your Story! 
    Help other people who suffer from chronic pain by sharing alternative treatments you have found or hope that you have gained.
    Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments about our newsletter.

    Yours in hope,
    Jory Pradjinski 
    Founder of Hope Instilled, Inc. 
    Disclaimer: The content within this email and on our site is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis and/or any treatment, but are for informational purposes only. We are not doctors or medical professionals, nor do we claim to be such. We are simply sharing educational information and our own experiences. The information often is based upon what has worked for us. Please consult your doctor or other qualified health provider on any health situations and/or conditions you are experiencing. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it due to something you read in this email or on our site. Hope Instilled, Inc. shall not be held liable or responsible for any misunderstanding or misuse of the information contained in this email or on our site, or for any losses, damages, or injuries caused by any application or treatment of anything discussed in this email or on the site.
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