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What Are My Noninvasive Treatment Options for My Hip Pain? Jun 17th, 2024

Hip pain can be demoralizing. When you experience pain with each step you take, it’s hard to want to get up — even for activities you used to love. The decreased mobility can dramatically change your life.  If this sounds familiar, it’s time to talk to your doctor. And not...

How Do Electrical and Magnetic Pulse Technologies Work to Treat Chronic Headaches? May 31st, 2024

As medical science advances, we get better and better at treating pain in new, highly effective ways. When we can’t alleviate back pain with conservative treatments, for example, doctors might recommend an option like a spinal cord stimulator. This sends low levels of electricity to interrupt the body’s pain-signaling processes....

The Link Between Dehydration and Headaches Apr 3rd, 2024

The human body needs sufficient fluids to function at its best. In fact, when it’s not getting enough fluids through food and water, it generally lets you know. Dehydration headaches are a great example.  The trick, though, is determining if dehydration is the root cause of your head pain, or...

Can a Labral Tear Heal on Its Own? Mar 15th, 2024

If your hip or shoulder is locking up and painful, it’s time to see a doctor. These are signs that you have a labral tear in the ball and socket joint. In many cases, that labral tear won’t heal on its own.  As an expert in both hip pain and...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 20th, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Understanding the Healing Power of Acupuncture Feb 6th, 2024

For thousands of years — since at least 2500 BCE — certain medical practitioners have been using one treatment modality to help their patients heal and find relief from their symptoms. It doesn’t involve medication, it doesn’t require incisions, and its side effects are minimal.  So, what is this ancient healing technique?...

How Does PRP Work to Heal My Shoulder Pain? Jan 17th, 2024

Your shoulder is an extremely complicated network of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. As your body’s most flexible joint, it allows you a wide range of motion so you can get things from high shelves, reach behind you, spread your arms wide, and more.  At least that’s the case when...

Can Exercise Cause Chronic Neck Pain? Dec 13th, 2023

Neck pain is so common that most people will experience it at some point during their lives. Sleeping in the wrong position or working at a bad desk setup could be enough to cause some discomfort. But if you’re experiencing neck pain after starting a new kind of exercise, you...

How to Relieve Migraines Without Medication Nov 6th, 2023

If you live with migraine headaches, medication can feel life-changing, especially at first. With a pill, you might be able to find lasting relief from your splitting head pain.  The problem — as with most medications — comes from the side effects. Migraine medications can make you feel shaky and...

What to Expect After Trigger Point Injections Oct 2nd, 2023

You’ve probably felt it yourself: a knot of muscle, maybe right under your shoulder blade or on the back of your neck. Sometimes, massaging the area can be enough to get the knot to release. In other cases, though, that knot of muscle fiber persists, causing you pain and potentially...

4 Unexpected Benefits of Acupuncture Sep 8th, 2023

If you’ve been looking for a medication-free way to address a health problem you’re having, acupuncture could be just the thing. This ancient but proven treatment option can address everything from chronic pain-causing conditions like osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia to unwelcome symptoms like headaches and nausea.  Plus, Dr. Halina Snowball offers acupuncture treatment right here at Integrated Pain Solutions in Stamford,...

Why Am I Suddenly Getting Migraines? Aug 2nd, 2023

There’s nothing quite like a migraine to throw a wrench in your day. And if you’re new to this specific type of severe head pain, you’re probably wondering what suddenly caused you to develop migraine headaches.  Dr. Halina Snowball can help you find out. As a headache specialist, she offers both diagnosis...

Yoga by the Stats Jul 14th, 2023

Whether you’re trying to fight chronic pain or banish a bad mood, you can explore a relatively simple option: yoga. Across the United States, when people refer to yoga, they’re usually talking about a series of physical exercises you move through, often linking your breathing and movement together.  Yoga is...

Your Ultimate Guide to Prenatal Massage Therapy Jun 8th, 2023

If you’ve ever had a massage, you know it can deliver relief. From generally tight muscles to trigger points, putting yourself in the hands of a trained massage therapist can go a long way. When you’re pregnant, that’s especially true. Prenatal massage therapy offers you a safe, medication-free reprieve from...

Yes, Acupuncture Can Help With That May 19th, 2023

If you’re looking for a medication and side-effect-free way to improve your life, acupuncture may be just what you need. With ancient roots and plenty of modern medical evidence to support it, more and more people are exploring this treatment option.  So, what can acupuncture do? Here at Integrated Pain...

Does Shoulder Bursitis Heal On Its Own? Apr 6th, 2023

When most people think about joint problems, they think about the lower half of the body. And, yes, your knees and hips play a big role in living a quality life. But your shoulders carry their fair share of the burden too.  If you’ve been dealing with pain, swelling, and...

How Can Compounding Complement My Pain Management Plan? Mar 15th, 2023

Pharmacologists work hard to develop medications that will help the widest range of people. Ultimately, though, each of our bodies is different. What you need probably isn’t what’s best for your friend or family member. In some cases, that’s why medication has a limit on what it can do.  Fortunately,...

7 Key Benefits of Physical Therapy for Injury Recovery Feb 21st, 2023

Maybe it was an accident. You tripped and fell or tried to lift something heavy and strained your back. Or maybe it was something more traumatic, like a car accident or a sports injury. However you got hurt, you probably have one goal: healing.  That can be easier said than...

Is Myofascial Pain Making You Miserable? Try Trigger Point Injections Jan 24th, 2023

Your body relies on its fascia to hold your muscles together as you move throughout your day. This thin layer surrounds each muscle, enabling them to glide smoothly against one another. It’s an essential component of your body. But like pretty much any other part of you, your fascia can...

Sleep Positions to Avoid If You Have Chronic Hip Pain Dec 20th, 2022

Sleep is supposed to be a restorative time. If you’re living with persistent hip pain, though, the way you sleep could leave you feeling worse come morning. Fortunately, the opposite is also true. Sleeping in specific positions can alleviate pressure on your hip.  If you’re currently living with persistent hip...

Injections for Knee Pain: 3 Common Types Nov 10th, 2022

Knee pain isn’t just one of the most common pain types. It’s also one of the most problematic. When your knee joint can’t function comfortably, you limit what you do. You sit around more and pass on activities you used to enjoy. Your world gets small — and fast. Fortunately,...

4 Sports Injuries Acupuncture Can Help Treat Oct 13th, 2022

Staying active does wonders for your overall health and longevity, but it does come with some risks. From sprains to strains, there are a lot of ways your body can gripe about doing too much. That doesn’t even factor in the sports injuries that come from a misstep when you’re...

5 Surprising Causes of Chronic Headaches — And How to Treat Them Sep 8th, 2022

We all get headaches from time to time. But if you have chronic headaches — ones that regularly come back — a specific cause is probably to blame.  Some causes are fairly obvious. You might have persistent head pain after an injury like a car accident, or you might get a...

How Epidural Injections Can Treat Your Neck Pain Aug 8th, 2022

When you think about an epidural, you probably imagine the injection applied at the base of your spine, say, during childbirth. But that’s not the only type of epidural injection. In fact, if you’re living with neck pain, a different type could be the ideal solution to ease your discomfort. ...

Understanding Four Main Types of Regenerative Medicine Jul 1st, 2022

Medicine has come a long way. Not only do we better understand the human body now, but we’re also starting to get a better handle on the miraculous way it can heal itself. This gives doctors the opportunity to harness that regenerative power that already exists within you, then strengthen...

Treating Your Headaches with Massage Therapy Jun 1st, 2022

Even people who only get headaches once in a while find them annoying. But if you’re plagued by persistent head pain, you’ve probably looked into your options for relief. The good news is there are a lot of choices out there. The bad news is not all treatments work for...

4 Main Reasons You Might Have Hip Pain May 1st, 2022

Hip pain can be one of the most debilitating types of discomfort. Not only does it limit your mobility, but hip pain can even cause pain while you’re sitting. Ultimately, if you’re living with hip pain, you probably want to figure out how to get rid of it.  Finding effective...

Relieve Your Migraines with Massage Therapy Apr 6th, 2022

People who don’t get migraines have a hard time wrapping their minds around all of the implications. A migraine does much more than just cause an intense headache. Maybe you deal with nausea or light sensitivity. Maybe the stress of knowing a migraine is about to strike ruins your day....

When a Trigger Point Injection Might Be the Answer to Relieving Your Pain Mar 9th, 2022

We rely on our muscles to move us through our days. But all of the strain of carrying our bodies forward while keeping us upright can take its toll. In some cases, your muscle fibers can get tight, resulting in a knot that doesn’t relax even when you stretch. Doctors...

How Acupuncture Works and Its Many Benefits Feb 7th, 2022

For centuries, healing specialists have used acupuncture to balance the flow of energy in the body and, as a result, alleviate pain and treat a variety of conditions. That’s saying something.  As medical research has advanced, we’ve moved away from a lot of historical treatments (take blood-letting, for example). But...

Treating Your Hip Pain with Noninvasive EPAT Jan 3rd, 2022

While hip pain might be less common than other types of chronic pain, like back pain, it’s no less of a problem. Because it can make both sitting and walking uncomfortable, hip pain can keep you from the things you love while simultaneously making it a challenge to rest or...

How Yoga Can Relieve Your Pain Dec 1st, 2021

Yoga has something of a mixed reputation in the United States today. While some people swear by it because of the way it has improved their quality of life, others think it’s just a funny way of moving.  Actually, though, the more modern medical research looks into yoga, the more...

The Safety and Effectiveness of PRP Nov 15th, 2021

You already know that your body has a pretty impressive healing power. You’ve watched scrapes and bruises heal. You might have even broken a bone, then marveled at the way your body knit that area back together. Ultimately, our bodies can do a lot — but they have their limits....

How Massage Therapy Can Treat Your Fibromyalgia Oct 13th, 2021

Fibromyalgia is frustrating, partially because we know so little about it, partially because we haven’t yet found a cure, and partially because it causes so many symptoms. For people diagnosed with fibromyalgia, the symptoms like widespread pain and brain fog can make it hard to do the things they used...

Understanding the Different Causes of Hip Pain Sep 9th, 2021

You rely on your hips. These ball-and-socket joints give your legs a broad range of motion, helping you move not just forward, but wherever you want to go. At least, they do when they’re healthy. But a wide variety of issues can interfere with your hips, causing you pain and...

What's Involved in Physical Therapy? Aug 19th, 2021

Whether you need physical therapy after an injury, surgery, or other incident, or you’re choosing it to help with chronic pain, you’re probably wondering what to expect. Your prescribed physical therapy schedule might feel burdensome, and you could be wondering if it will actually drive results.  That’s why Dr. Halina...

These Bad Habits Are Making Your Hip Pain Worse Jul 22nd, 2021

Hip pain makes your days more challenging. You probably want to do everything you can to minimize that discomfort and protect your mobility. The problem is many people do things that actually worsen their hip pain — all without knowing their bad habits are to blame. At Integrated Pain Solutions...

The Link Between Sleep and Headaches Jun 29th, 2021

Headaches are one of the most common health problems. If you look at just tension-type headaches, more than half of women and one-third of men deal with this head pain.  Sleep issues are just as rampant. About a third of all American adults deal with insomnia. Since both problems are...

Can Massage Therapy Help Your Fibromyalgia? May 19th, 2021

Fibromyalgia can feel unrelenting. As if your widespread pain wasn’t enough, you might deal with everything from sleep problems to brain fog to digestive challenges. A robust, personalized treatment plan is key in helping you maintain the best possible quality of life.  If you haven’t already, you may want to...

How Do Trigger Point Injections Work? Apr 13th, 2021

You already know that tension can lead to discomfort in your body, particularly when it persists. But relaxing tense muscles isn’t always easy. In some cases, knots can form in your muscle fiber that you can’t get rid of on your own. These knots are called trigger points. To bring...

Conditions that Respond Well to Regenerative Medicine Mar 11th, 2021

Medical research has only scratched the surface of the body’s capabilities. The more we learn, the more we realize that our systems can do amazing things — including heal themselves. But sometimes they need a little help. Rather than turning to medications, regenerative medicine turns to components already in your...

Benefits of Acupuncture Feb 15th, 2021

If you live with ongoing pain or unwelcome symptoms of allergies, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about things that could bring you relief. The problem is that many of the options available rely on prescription medications. If you’ve been looking for a drug-free way to feel better,...

9 Treatments for Chronic Headaches Jan 14th, 2021

Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, including dehydration, stress, and illness. Most everyday headaches can be treated with over-the-counter medications, or pass once you overcome the underlying illness causing them. However, for some people headaches can be persistent and have a real impact on their quality of...

Can PRP Help My Arthritic Joints? Dec 11th, 2020

Arthritis can cause joint stiffness, swelling, and pain that can lead to mobility issues and even disability. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a cutting-edge treatment that works by harnessing your body’s natural healing capabilities in order to reduce your pain and improve your mobility.  Dr. Halina Snowball offers this groundbreaking treatment...

How Botox Provides Patients With Relief From Migraine and TMJ Disorders Nov 11th, 2020

Migraines cause severe headaches, as well as nausea and fatigue. TMJ disorders can cause head pain, jaw pain, and discomfort when you talk and chew.  These conditions are sometimes considered hard to treat because they occur in the sensitive region of your head and jaw, but there is one treatment...

How We Treat Your Headaches Oct 20th, 2020

If you experience chronic headaches, you know that they can be debilitating and disruptive. But did you know that different types of headaches have their own causes and need their own specific treatments? That’s why the first step to headache relief is a comprehensive assessment and thoughtful diagnosis.  Dr. Halina...

Reduce Stress and 5 Other Health Benefits of Massage Therapy Sep 14th, 2020

Nowadays, many people live and work in environments that require them to sit for hours at a time. Over time, this can strain your muscles, leading to stiffness, soreness, and pain throughout your body. Here at Integrated Pain Solutions in Stamford, Connecticut, we take an integrative treatment approach to your...