Sunday, August 28, 2016

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Advocate like an Olympian

As I watched the XXXI Summer Olympic Games, it occurred to me that there are analogies between Olympic competition and pain policy advocacy. Academy members are, like Olympic competitors, the world’s experts in what they do. Policymakers rarely have more than the most rudimentary knowledge of what is involved in providing good pain care, and

The Pain Practitioner

Strategies for Evaluating the Patient with Chronic Pain

A comprehensive evaluation of the patient with chronic pain is rarely straightforward, and it begins with the recognition that a complete cure is unlikely. The patient’s pain experience may be complicated by numerous factors, including lack of an obvious pathological cause, concomitant anxiety and depression, and a downward spiral of inactivity and lowered self-esteem. Often,

27th Annual Meeting 2016

The Healing Effects of Humor

Jay Sandweiss, DO, C-NMM/OMM, FAAMA, has found that laughter and humor can have many healing effects for the chronic pain patients he treats. He often uses jokes to teach breath work techniques for pain management, which he demonstrates in the video below: During our 27th Annual Meeting this September, Dr. Sandweiss will be speaking on

Academy News

Academy Involved in CADCA Training to Improve Two Public Health Crises

Bob Twillman, Executive Director of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (formerly the American Academy of Pain Management), and Catherine Brunson from CADCA’s National Coalition Institute, presented a workshop on July 20 in Las Vegas at CADCA’s Mid Year Training Institute entitled, Prescribing Some Solutions to Prescription Pain Medicine Abuse.  Hundreds of participants representing substance abuse,


Understanding and Treating Migraines Using Nutrients and Herbals: A Focus on Eastern Medicine

By Trupti Gokani, MD Migraine is more common than asthma and diabetes combined (1), with 36 million sufferers in the United States. Moderate to severe episodes of pain are often associated with nausea and sensitivities to light, sound, and/or smell. While abortive and preventative medications are available, many seek non-medication approaches such as natural supplements,


Policy and Advocacy Success in Michigan!

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Michigan Legislature has passed HB 4935!  This is a bill that we have been strongly supporting since its introduction in 2015.  Not only did AIPM/SPPAN send numerous letters of support to at least three different legislative committees, but Katie Duensing, SPPAN’s Assistant Director for Legislative and Regulatory


Acupuncture More Effective than Usual Care for Headaches due to Traumatic Brain Injury

A recent study by Samueli Institute (SI) provides evidence that acupuncture should be a standard form of treatment for chronic headaches due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). “Health care systems need to open up to the idea that the best care is a combination of conventional medicine and complementary treatments, like acupuncture,” said Samueli Institute

Psychological Treatment

How Emotion Can Relate to Location of Pain

By Jennifer Johnston, PhD, DNM, NMD Research is well established on the influence of emotions on perception of pain, pain treatment, catastrophizing, and speed of healing. The Institute of Medicine reports, “people’s experience of pain can be influenced by genes, cultural attitudes toward hardships, stress, depression, ability to understand health information, and other behavioral, cultural,

Integrative Methods

Biofeedback and Pain Management

Autonomic dysregulation is a central feature of centralized pain syndromes. Thought ruminations have been shown to amplify pain perception. Learning to shift emotions with heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback improves empowerment and self-regulation skills. During our 2015 Annual Clinical Meeting, we interviewed Rauof Gharbo, DO, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist and Neuromuscular Electrophysiologist, to

Academy News

State Policies Regulating the Practice of Pain Management: Statutes, Rules, and Guidelines That Shape Pain Care

  Over the past 2 decades, pain management in the United States has increasingly come to rely on opioid analgesics as a primary treatment. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in opioid prescribing, with opioid analgesic prescriptions, by weight, quadrupling since 1999. Concomitantly, there has been a dramatic in- crease in overdose