Finding videos for pain sufferers that both inspire and inform can be daunting and time-consuming. How do you know if you’ve found a reputable source? Can you trust the information?
Each of the videos below, taken from such sources, gives a fresh perspective on well-being, from the amazing story of the father of modern pain relief to what foods to eat — and avoid – if you have arthritis. Check out our picks and see what we have to say at the end about how to determine if a video source is one you can trust.
The True Story of the Man Who Gave Us Modern Pain Relief
For years, doctors ignored the most basic and frustrating issue of illness: pain. In this informative TED Talk, Radiolab‘s director of research, Latif Nasser, tells the amazing story of the father of modern pain relief, John J. Bonica. Using illustrations, live music and a moving personal story to bring the tale to life, Nasser creates a TED Talk you won’t forget.
What Is Chronic Pain?
This entertaining and informative video from the Hunter New England Local Health District in Australia uses live animation to illustrate the facts behind chronic pain, along with some less common approaches to healing it. It begins with the basics, like defining the difference between acute and chronic pain. Then it breaks down approaches to help pain-sufferers retrain their brains to reduce pain. Medication and surgery are discussed, as are diet, exercise and meditation. But this video also includes less common approaches like the power of personal storytelling and the emotional components of chronic pain.
Try These 5 Easy Sleep Tips From Arianna Huffington
Huffington Post founder and the writer of The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington, shares her tips for getting a good night’s sleep. After collapsing from exhaustion in 2007, the media mogul became focused on making sleep a priority. This led her on a personal investigative journey, which delved into topics as broad as sleep science, psychology and cultural norms. In this video, she distills what she learned into five easy-to-follow tips, which can be used to help create an environment conducive to deep rest.
The Stretch All Lower-Back Pain Sufferers Need to Try
Certified yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist Diana Zotos Florio sees a lot of clients with lower back pain. One of the most common causes? Surprisingly, it’s strain in the upper back. Here, Diana teaches us a rotation stretch to loosen the area in the thoracic, or upper-middle back. This is especially good for people who sit all day. We tried it – it works.
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Natural Treatments for Arthritis
The uber-popular Dr. Axe, known for his gut-healing remedies like protein and collagen powders, discusses how arthritics can treat their symptoms naturally. On his list? Foods containing Omega-3s, including wild-caught salmon and chia seeds; sulfur-rich foods like onions and garlic; and bone broth. He takes it a step further and includes the inflammation-reducing supplements you should know. Also on the list? Foods to avoid.
When searching for informational videos on topics such as chronic pain relief, natural remedies for arthritis and sleep tips, consider the source. To reduce your chances of getting bad or even harmful information, we recommend videos from authorities like doctors, respected institutions (TED Talks, hospitals, universities or scientific researchers) and trusted media outlets.