DECEMBER 13, 2022

The next issue will be printed December 13; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by December 23. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.


Millions of Americans deal daily with severe and chronic pain and are challenged to find relief. But, while a plentiful array of drugs exists for the sole or principal purpose of relieving pain, taking them long-term can have serious adverse consequences—ranging from problem side effects to addiction.

And chronic pain is a cultural concern that manifests in many ways. There is extensive literature, for example, that speaks to lost time in the workplace because of pain; the burden on the family if a breadwinner is dealing with chronic pain; and the challenges of treating pain in our children. In short, the impact of chronic pain clearly extends far beyond the single patient.

Treating Pain at Its Source

Understanding the source of pain may be the key to determining the most effective treatment for each patient. Generally, we all agree that pain is a message to our brain that something has gone wrong—ranging from tissue damage to a broken heart. But each of us experiences—and endures—pain differently; and for each of us, the path to relief may be different.

Individually, we may describe our pain as acute—coming on suddenly, demanding immediate attention—or chronic—persisting for days, weeks, even years. It may be localized in our feet in the sharp, stabbing pain of plantar fasciitis; or in our head in the throbbing, often debilitating pain of migraine headaches. It may be referred pain, the chronic widespread pain of fibromyalgia, back pain, pain resulting from surgical procedures or radiation treatment, or grief, fear, and anxiety that manifests as physical pain.

In the Triangle area, we are blessed with a rich array of health care specialists who have deep understanding of the causes of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual pain, and who understand the power of traumatic life events. They have spent years of their lives learning how to treat pain and ease suffering effectively. They include acupuncturists and neurologists, anesthesiologists and surgeons; dentists who are acutely sensitive to issues of pain; pain specialists; physical therapists; massage therapists; and psycho-therapists.

Further, these health care providers have an extraordinary, and growing, range of tools available to them to help patients address pain issues. New medication options—such as low-dose naltrexone—offer pain relief without the addiction-risks of opioids, and many non-pharmaceutical treatments for pain—used with or in place of medication—offer relief for sufferers.

We will examine the diversity of pain and effective treatment paths for managing and eliminating it in the December 2022 edition of Health&Healing in the Triangle. We invite you to join the conversation.


A special section of the publication—Other Voices, Other Choices—provides a forum for area practitioners to submit articles related to the feature topic. In this section, we invite health care/health service providers who have a special connection to the feature topic to write articles about their work.

Pain, the feature topic of the December 2022 issue, is experienced in many, many ways—from headaches, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis, to depression and anxiety. And treatments for pain are as varied as the sources and symptoms. Further, the best treatment is often highly individualized.

Thus, in December, we welcome the voices of area practitioners whose skills and expertise offer important options for addressing pain issues. These include physical therapists, mental health professionals, coaches, massage therapists, hypnotherapists, chiropractors, yoga and exercise instructors, and pain specialists.

To add your voice to the conversation, see information about the Other Voices, Other Choices section in Advertising in Health&Healing, and contact us at 919-967-6802.


The following are reservation deadlines to guarantee space in the December 2022 issue; advertisements may be included after these dates on a space available basis. To reserve space, a reservation contract must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. Contact us for information or a reservation contract.

  • Reserve article space by November 11
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  • Other Voices, Other Choices articles due November 28
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