“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The rush and press of the holiday season is coming to a close. It’s Christmas Eve and the last night of Hanukkah. After Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve in less than a week, 2014 will be over and a new year will begin, 365 days of possibility. In the spirit of counting our blessings and showing gratitude, we wanted to take this moment to reflect on the past year and look forward to 2015.

This year at Nevada Pain we have explored ways to help the body heal itself with complementary medicine. Yoga, healing foods, and other techniques like massage and acupuncture have been some of the ideas we have explored. Chronic pain does not have a quick fix. We recognize that and offer a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Nevada Pain’s Inside Pain monthly round-ups are a helpful summary of the topics we have discussed over the month. We started 2014 with a look at exercise as an effective way to manage diabetes and have rounded it out by using humorous facial hair to address the serious issues in men’s health. Along the way, Inside Pain has examined new research on conditions like migraine and rheumatoid arthritis. We talked about apps to encourage and track exercise and found great pain-friendly recipes to support healing and (in some cases) weight loss.

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” ~Cesar Chavez~

This year would not have been as fulfilling without the community that surrounds the Pain Doctor companies. Our pain forums have been an invaluable resource for discussion and support, and they could not work without you. With forums for pain conditions and treatments, the community has answered questions, eased fears, and offered suggestions.

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” ~Charles Kuralt~

In this transition between old year and new during the holidays, it is important to take a moment to reflect and enjoy the presence of family and friends. Our loved ones, both the family we are born into and the people we choose to surround ourselves with, can drive us crazy at times, but they are also the core of our support system. In the stress of the holidays, we can forget how much that strength means. Before the end of the year, find the time to express your gratitude and appreciation for everything they do. This simple gesture of thanks is a beautiful way to let them know how much you appreciate having them in your life, in good times and bad.

We hope that your holidays are filled with joy, love, and support. In 2015, we hope you will continue your journey to good health with us. Thank you for reading this blog and sharing your story with us. Happy holidays!

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