Massage Therapy for the Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Article Featured on Everyday Health | By Chris Iliades, MD

Complementary approaches to easing pain are becoming more mainstream. Find out how massage could fit into your osteoarthritis treatment.


Do you have low back pain? Here's 4 ways massage therapy can help

By Eric Stephenson, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., | Article Featured on

An estimated 85 percent of all American adults will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime.

Lower back pain is also one of the leading causes of job disability in the world. With Americans spending a staggering $50 billion to treat—and prevent—lower back pain each year, it is safe to say that people are desperate for relief from this chronic discomfort.

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

Many people with low back pain fear unnecessarily that their pain is related to structural problems and spinal fragility, which is normally not the case. Lower back pain can […]

Pilates for Chronic Pain

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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body (7. 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. 


Pilates for Knee Pain

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I’ve been on a knee strengthening kick lately with my Pilates workouts, cardio fitness activities, and weight training program, all because I took a hard fall inline skating with my puppy a few weeks ago.  So I’ve really been trying to pay attention to my habits and here’s what I’ve discovered and how I’ve been compensating because of knee pain.


How to Manage Sore Muscles and Joint Pain

Article by Stephanie Watson | Found on WebMD

You work hard all week, so when the weekend finally rolls around, you want to play just as hard. There’s nothing like a few rounds of golf, a hike in the mountains, or an intense workout at the gym to help you feel recharged.

But all of that exercise can cause soreness and stiffness that shows up a day or two later. Don’t get sidelined by muscle pain. Find out the causes and treatments so you can stay on your game.


6 Tips to Help Reduce Lower Back Pain

Article by Caitlin Cox | Found on FitDay

There are many different causes for back pain, and according to WebMD, almost 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. It may be because you sit too much at work, you have poor posture, or it could be triggered by a strenuous activity. But one thing we can all agree on is that having back pain can be debilitating, which is why we’ve created a list of tips to help reduce back pain.


You Can Rewire Your Brain To Fight Chronic Pain: Here’s How

Article by Joe Tattan | Found on MindBodyGreen

“I hit the breaking point last Friday when my boss bumped up this massive project by a whole week,” my 29-year-old patient Jennifer told me during our initial consultation. “I mean, who does that? With two kids at home, social obligations, and an hour commute each way, it became the final straw and I just…snapped.”

Jennifer landed a position at a high-pace Manhattan law firm last year and was determined to pave a steady career path. But that determination often meant 70-hour workweeks


Massage Can Help Treat Lower Back Pain

Article By Amanda MacMillan | Found on TIME

Lower back pain is the leading cause of job disability in the world. About one in ten people have it, and for many who develop back pain, the condition becomes chronic.

Now, a new study finds that massage may provide lasting relief for chronic lower back pain, according to research published in the journal Pain Medicine.

To see how people in the […]

Fibromyalgia Exercise, One Step at a Time

Article by Ellen Greenlaw | Reviewed By David T. Derrer, MD | Featured on WebMD

When Lynne Matallana was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she spent most of her time in bed. Then her doctor suggested she get some exercise.

“I knew I’d have to start really slowly, so I started exercising while I was still in bed,” says Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. “I’d do some stretching for about half an hour and then take a rest.”

Gradually she worked up to walking to the mailbox and back, and then to more steady exercise on […]

Pilates and Yoga Can Help Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

Exercise is a crucial component to optimally managing fibromyalgia symptoms. However, exercise as it is commonly prescribed, often results in a flare of pain, fatigue, poor sleep and low mood. Two recent studies report that the average 40 y/o with fibromyalgia has fitness findings expected for a healthy 80 y/o. The good news is that the spiral of deconditioning can be reversed without inducing a symptom flare. The fibromyalgia research team at OHSU are pain researchers and clinicians who have developed and tested multiple exercise programs for people with chronic pain and fibromyalgia over the last 3 decades.