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The Paradigm Shift: Your Body, Your Partner

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday May 6, 2016 comments Tags: health benefits of movement, holist, movement, pain relief

The Paradigm Shift: Your Body, Your Partner

The idea that you can partner with your body is somewhat novel to many people. Isn't your body something you have and manage? It's great when you're young (even if you don't appreciate it at that time) and then it becomes a pain, literally somewhere down the timeline. When I became a massage therapist in 1999, I was eager to learn as much about the body as possible because I wanted to help many people. What I couldn't have known then is how that knowledge would change my perspective, my life, and my own health. What is one of the basic... Read More


The Price of Pain Part 3 - Shifting the Paradigm on Pain

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday April 29, 2016 comments Tags: alternative answers to pain relief, holistic pain relief, pain, pain relief, painreliefwithoutdrugs

The Price of Pain Part 3 - Shifting the Paradigm on Pain

So far, this series has been looking at pain through the lens of the western medical model. Today the lens is being widened to let more light in on the subject. Notwithstanding its contributions, the drawbacks of the traditional medical model are significant: side effects, potential drug dependency and lethal interactions, not to mention the risks associated with surgery. In the western model, the body is seen as something to fix. Pain is something to manage, and imbalance or disease something to conquer through external means. Pain has... Read More


The Price Of Pain Part 1

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday April 15, 2016 comments Tags: opioid addiction, opioidadditionepidemic, pain relief, painkillers, painreliefwithoutdrugs

The Price Of Pain Part 1

In this series, I will be sharing information about the current models for dealing with pain and the costs they wrest from individuals, families, and society as a whole. Twice in the same week, I have happened across radio stories of the current epidemic of drug addiction in the U.S. Neither was about the stereotypical heroin addict seen in TV dramas and movies. The subject was pain and the conversation revolved around prescription opioid addiction. On June 5, 2017, just 14 months after the original post of this blog,the matter is... Read More


5 Myths of Pain Part 2

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday April 8, 2016 comments Tags: alternative answers to pain relief, pain myths, pain relief

5 Myths of Pain Part 2

Last week we talked about the first two myths of pain. Today I'm going to speak to three more. Myth 3 - If Pain Lasts for a While, It Means It Will be Here Forever It's ironic, but the mind has a short memory. You can be healthy for forty or fifty years, have one physical challenge that lasts a few weeks, months, or maybe even several years, and the mind concedes that it will be like this for the rest of your life. That is not necessarily true but the mind which magnifies your experiences can make it feel like that. Having pain over... Read More


5 Myths of Pain - Part 1

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday April 1, 2016 comments Tags: pain myths, pain relief, self care

5 Myths of Pain - Part 1

Every day, millions of people experience pain. Headaches, body aches, joint aches, sharp stabbing pain, dull achy pain, pain that comes and goes, and pain that comes and seems to stay. Billions of dollars are spent for pain relief;and sometimes at best, it's a crap shoot as what to pick to try to relieve it. Being in pain and not knowing what it is or how to relieve is frustrating, annoying, and it can just plain make you cranky. I'd like to speak to five myths - underlying common beliefs that keep you stuck in pain so that you can start to... Read More




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