It’s the time of year when we take some time to look back on all of the news, research, and tips we have covered this year on the Inside Pain blog at Holistic Pain. Choosing our favorites was a difficult task, but we managed to select twelve of our favorite posts from 2015. Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Managing Opioid Use And Preventing Abuse

Back in January we looked again at ways to prevent abuse of opioids, but our commitment to responsible and safe opioid use began years ago. This post looked at rates of prescription in the U.S. and suggested ways to manage and safely and appropriately utilize opioids.

2. The 5 Best TED Talks On Mental Health

Mental health has also been another hot topic this year, with several high-profile incidents making news. Mental and mood disorders are slowly losing their stigma and people are getting the help they need. These five TED Talks on mental health are helping to shine light on the darkness of mental illness. We applaud TED’s commitment to exploring all of the human experience, especially in the previously-taboo area of mental health.

3. Summer Safety: Stay Hydrated!

It may seem anomalous to talk about hydration in the winter when rainy, snowy days are the norm, but this post on summer hydration is just as relevant mid-winter as it is in the hottest summer days. An estimated 75% of people in the U.S are chronically dehydrated, a condition that can lead to head and muscle aches as well as fatigue and irritability. Dry air indoors exacerbates the problem in the winter months.

4. Emergency Preparedness For People With Disability

As much as we don’t want to imagine the worst happening, disaster can strike at any time. Whether it’s the forest fires in California or the tornadoes and flooding of the South, we need to be prepared for anything. Planning ahead is especially important for people with disabilities. Emergency kits, transportation arrangements, and meeting places become crucial pieces of the preparation puzzle when dealing with a special accommodation such as a wheelchair or other device. Having a plan in place could save your life.

5. Celebrating Random Acts Of Kindness Week

February 9th through the 15th was Random Acts of Kindness week. At Holistic Pain, we celebrated with this post filled with suggestions for random acts of kindness as well as research as to kindness’s effect on health. Kindness actually reduces stress, improves heart health, improves your relationships, and keeps you young. Sign us up!

6. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Who It Affects And Why

We don’t know if it is more coverage of inflammatory bowel disease that has led to an increased diagnosis or the other way around, but this post looks at who is at risk, causes, symptoms, and treatments. If you or someone you love is suffering from unexplained gastrointestinal issues that include diarrhea or constipation, cramps, nausea, fatigue, and pain, it may be time to visit your doctor.

7. Prosthetics Evolve: 4 New Milestones

This year saw astonishing milestones in prosthetic devices, including the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and control two prosthetic limbs simultaneously, artificially intelligent prosthetics, and prosthetics with feeling. This research is changing the way people think about and use prosthetics.

8. Reducing Low Back Pain With Chiropractic Care

Low back pain is the most common of all types of back pain, with an estimated 80% of adults experiencing it to some degree in their lifetime. In this blog, Holistic Pain looks at the effectiveness of chiropractic care in managing back pain, both as a complementary treatment and as a first-line defense.

9. 6 Insights From Recent Chronic Pain Research

This has been an amazing year as far as research on chronic pain goes. Researchers have found evidence of “pain memory,” an increased emotional toll of pain, and many other fascinating discoveries that could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain.

10. How Much Should We Eat?

While many dietary recommendations focus on what we should it, it turns out that research is showing that maybe we should focus more on how much we should eat. Portion sizes in the U.S. are out of control. This posts explains what a correct portion size is and why research is finding that maybe portion size is even more important than the type of food we consume.

11. Wasabi and Spice: 7 Painkiller Breakthroughs So Far This Year

Speaking of eating, this year found multiple breakthroughs in painkiller research, including a deeper understanding of how certain foods act on pain receptors. Other breakthroughs included a study of those people born with congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) as a way to perhaps create better painkillers for those without this condition.

12. Kratom: Miracle Or Fad?

In the past few years, the herb kratom has been touted as a miracle cure for both pain and depression or fatigue. This southeast Asian herb is advertised as an all-natural way to treat pain and fatigue and boost energy and sexual endurance. Not everyone agrees, but there is enough anecdotal evidence and positive testimonials to take a closer look, which we did in this blog.

These were our ten favorite posts from 2015; which Holistic Pain blogs were most helpful, thought-provoking, or informative for you?

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