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While yoga is an practice developed in ancient India nearly 4,000 years ago, it has become very popular in the United States and many alternative health practitioners recommend a practice of yoga for back pain, as it helps to strengthen muscles, improve posture, and increase flexibility.

American yoga classes often consist of a combination of breathing instruction, physical exercise and some meditation. The practice has been employed for thousands of years to prevent disease and promote health.  Many practitioners that suffer from back pain issues say that yoga offers a number of benefits, such as:

  • Pain relief

It seems more and more of us are wanting to use multiple approaches to our health.  We still call our primary MD or see an ER doctor and then pick up and use our prescription.  But for many of us, the next step is to go to our local health food store and learn more about what options are available for natural healing.

Essential oils remain a simple go-to that add another healing component to our road to recovery.  Essential oils can be used hand in hand with traditional Western methods of recovery.

How do I use the essential oils?


Some of my clients that have sustained severe neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries or TMJ due to their face striking the steering wheel may suffer recurring headaches and migraines for the rest of their life.  Their primary physician may do little more than prescribe a litany of medications.  The concept of taking pain medication for decades does not sit well with everyone.

More and more, I am meeting people who have concerns regarding using pain medication on a long-term basis. Some of them feel this way as they worry of potential consequences that can occur with the the long term use of pain medications which can include: addiction, gastrointestinal bleeding, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.  There has been a growing number of people who desire to keep their body ‘clean’ and use treatments that are natural, organic or homeopathic. Other people have battled addiction issues in the past and are unable to use medication. Others respond poorly to the prescribed medication.  The side effects may be just as bad or worse for them than the headache itself. Others have allergic reactions. If a woman is pregnant, planning pregnancy or nursing, she may avoid prescribed narcotics.

Can I treat my headaches naturally?  Yes. Please discuss with a medical provider your injuries to determine what natural remedy will work best for you.

Hi, I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury attorney and I love what I do. Personal Injury attorneys have the best job in the world for many many reasons. Please note though that when I say personal injury lawyers, I mean lawyers who represent people who have real injuries. Attorney’s who represent insurance companies are not really by any sense of the word personal injury lawyers. They are insurance lawyers, and they have  one of the worst jobs in the world.

1. Injury Lawyers always meet new people who start as clients and often become friends.

2. Injury lawyers  are always learning more about law.

On October 21st, I wrote here a bit about grief counseling, a process many of my clients whose family members or friends who lost someone in a wrongful death accident have undergone.

As a followup to that article, I interviewed a noted grief counselor, Carol Lee of Auburn, California  who shared with me some of her insights from decades working in hospitals and in her private practice helping people with grief and bereavement.

Carol said the first task for people is to accept the reality of the loss. Many times people are in a daze and its difficult to accept that that person who meant so much to you is now gone.

As a holistic personal injury lawyer, I see literally hundreds of people each month suffering from the physical and emotional after-effects of trauma.

Bessel van der Kolk MD, is a psychiatrist who has treated traumatic injuries for decades and is a well known author of several very readable books on PTSD and the effect of severe trauma on the injured person and their families.

I’m very pleased to recommend Dr. van der Kolk’s newly published book entitled:

It’s been well documented in medical journals for years that those who suffer brain injury often complain of sleep disturbances. True, loss of sleep after a traumatic brain injury, may in part be due to the associated pain or anxiety following such incidents. However, medical studies clearly indicate that loss of sleep after a traumatic brain injury is often due the brain’s inability to properly produce melatonin after severe trauma.

In 2010, the American Academy of Neurology published studies researched by Dr. Rajaratnam, a leading physician studying the links between loss of sleep and brain injury. He reported that the results from the study “suggest that the brain injury may disrupt the brain structures that regulate sleep, including the production of melatonin”. Simply put, lack of melatonin production in the brain results in sleep loss.

A study was performed in an Intensive Care Unit in Athens, Greece that treated eight patients consecutively who were admitted to the ICU following a severe head injury. The melatonin levels were charted from blood tests of these patients. Those patients with the greatest head trauma displayed the highest disrupted patterns of melatonin secretions.

I refer to myself as an holistic accident lawyer. Potential clients and friends often ask what that means or why they might use my services.

Well, it doesn’t mean that I smudge myself with peppermint oil before entering the courtroom. Nor does that mean I don’t work hard to obtain for my injured client the fair recovery that they are entitled to. (See the verdicts and settlements on my website,

What it does mean is that I’ve experienced many difficult experiences and injuries in my life, including four near death experiences (that I know of!). I have been in great pain from these injuries and many times experienced anger, fear and depression during my recoveries.