Theraputic massage relieves pain one muscle at a time

Oct 11, 2015
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Muscles, tendons and ligaments can be a source of a lot of pain yet they fail to show up in diagnostic tests, like x-rays.

This week on “Take Care,” Tracy Segall, the lead licensed massage therapist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, talks about the benefits of massage therapy and how it can heal those “hidden” aches and pains.

An aging population and the Affordable Care Act help ensure the demand for physician assistants, physical therapists and other health care providers will continue, says Hugh Bonner, the former dean of Upstate Medical University’s College of Health Professions.

“Between 2000 and 2030, we will double the population of those 65 and older. We’ll go from essentially 35 million to 70 million people. That population also has a large number of individuals with chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes,” Bonner says.

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Only four percent of people experience chronic migraines. But all migraine sufferers can have life-long recurrences, often beginning at puberty and affecting those between 35 and 45 years old.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Mark Green talks about what causes migraines and how to manage them. Green is the director of the Center for Headache and Pain Medicine and professor of neurology and anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 

Fibromyalgia -- what is known and unknown

Apr 27, 2014
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Imagine being in a large amount of pain and not knowing the cause. Or, having a disorder that’s not recognized by a significant amount of medical professionals. This cloud of uncertainty hangs over the millions that suffer from fibromyalgia, a disorder with an unknown cause and limited treatments.

This week on "Take Care," Dr. Robert Shmerling talks about the controversial disorder known as fibromyalgia. Dr. Shmerling is a Harvard Medical School professor and clinical chief of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Shmerling.

Two of the most common surgeries among people over 65 are knee and hip replacements. Baby boomers in particular are seeking relief because they often don't want joint pain to slow them down.  Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's new weekly health show, "Take Care" spoke with Dr. Seth Greenky, the chairman for orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, about the causes of joint pain and what to do about it.

On Pain and Alertness

Mar 5, 2013

John Weeks discusses an uncomfortable pain he experienced during a walk at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. He advises getting out in nature as much as you can before old age begins to limit your chances.