December 2009
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We hope this note finds you continuing to do well and living your valued life. The article below, by Teresa Miller, one of The Pain Center's physical therapists, can help you maximize your ability to function.
Pain Mangement for the Holiday Season 
It's that time of year... family, food, fun, and stress!!!

Feeling like you have too much to do? Having an increase in your pain? Trying flare-up management but still not doing as well as you would like? There are many types of stress, but the body responds in the same way each time. The body's fight or flight response is its' protection against danger. The body, however, doesn't recognize if it is an actual physical danger or stress. Stress and danger produce the same response in the body- adrenaline production to fight or flee. Here are a few tips to help manage the holiday stress:
1. Get daily exercise
A minimum of 5 days a week strive for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. This helps to decrease the amount of adrenaline in your system.

2. Plan ahead: PACE yourself
Good pacing can help to avoid the production of adrenaline in the first place.

3. Use your biofeedback
When standing in those long lines, use your diaphragmatic breathing. No one will suspect you are "relaxing" until you make the cashier's day!

4. Eat healthy and get enough sleep
In the winter months in Michigan it is important to get vitamin D through diet since we don't get it from the sun. Vitamin D can minimize pain flare-ups. Good sleep also helps to regulate the body and keep you healthy all year round.
Have a wonderful holiday season from The Pain Center at Mary Free Bed!
News & Updates
Listen to the audio clips of Dr. O'Connor discussing the importance of focusing on valued living while in pain and one of our graduate successes (from the WGVU Morning Show with Shelly Irwin).
More than the programs ...
At The Pain Center, all of our doctor's and therapists see patients outside of the programs. If you have a new injury, significant stressor, severe pain flare-up or need to adjust your home exercise program - come back to the team that you trust. We're happy to help.
Have a question about a flare up?
You are still a part of The Pain Center family. If you ever have a question, please give us a call at 616.233.3480 and we'd be happy to answer it.

Nicole DeHaan, PT
Physical Therapist 
The Pain Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
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