Eating your way to Better Health by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Does my diet have an impact on how I feel? You betcha! A healthy, balanced diet is consistently shown to improve health. If you want to boost your overall health and immunity, the research is clear. Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein will charge you right up for this journey we call life!

Thriving Beyond Fibromyalgia by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Ouch! Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Unfortunately, a simple blood test will not show this condition, which makes it particularly difficult to diagnose. To make things worse, many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar to other diseases/conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, which can also be accompanied by mysterious pain. At Strive, we are here to help patients understand where their pain is coming from and how to manage it!

Summer Fun & Chronic Pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Summer brings with it travel, water activities, food & fun. As most of us know, the relentless heat can be less than pleasant! Below are a few tips to help those who suffer from chronic pain to enjoy the outdoors. With just a few adaptations, it’s possible to be outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and fun.

Swimming & Degenerative Disc Pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

One of the best parts of summer is heading to the pool to cool off! The pool is a Godsend particularly for those with degenerative disc pain. Although the reasons behind the reduced pain are unclear and up for debate—the important nugget of information here—is that sufferers feel that sense of relief as soon as their bodies glide effortlessly through the water.

Drink it all in by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Have you been drinking enough, or do you need something more to wet your whistle? Over the past several months I’ve been talking a lot about chronic conditions or injuries, but with the long hot summer days upon us, I feel it’s important to discuss hydration. Let’s get into the importance of staying hydrated and the signs and symptoms that this need isn’t being met.

Is your smartphone giving you a headache? by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Between tempers flaring on social media and not so comforting headlines in the news, it’s no wonder why your smartphone might be giving you a headache! But in all seriousness, if you use a smartphone and suffer from headaches, it might be time to get to the bottom of it and break some habits.

The Neurology Clinical Practice published research that associated increased smartphone use,

Whiplash by Jackie Manning, ARNP

When circumstances around us change quickly, we often complain of whiplash! In this sense, the phrase can refer to an emotional reaction.

But what exactly is whiplash in a physical sense? If you don’t know the answer, then that’s good news! You probably don’t have it.

“Whiplash-associated disorders” (WAD) is the term given to the variety of symptoms that patients often report following acceleration/deceleration injury to the neck.

Frozen Shoulder

Defrosting a frozen shoulder by Jackie Manning, ARNP

If someone gives you the cold shoulder, don’t take it personally. They might be dealing with PAC, which can make folks a little grouchy…understandably. This pesky, aching inflammation issue known as primary/idiopathic adhesive capsulitis (PAC), affects an estimated 5% of the population. More common in women than men, those who have PAC may feel an intense pain in the shoulder,

Activity and Pain

Activity and coping with chronic pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Often when providers ask their patients if they engage in regular activity, they respond affirmatively.  When asked to describe their exercise routine some patients begin to report various activities that they pursue through the course of their day.  While other times, they respond that they get a lot of exercise as a result of their employment which involves being on their feet all day,

Stress, Pain and Telemedicine

There is no denying that everyone has been experiencing some very unsettling times related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  These unsettling times have created fear and uncertainty that oftentimes seems to be controlling our life.  This can be especially true for those who are already suffering from chronic pain, those who have contracted the virus, and even those who have had to suffer from fear and uncertainty of a family member contracting the virus (like those individuals on the front line and their families). 

What are “trigger points,” and how do you know if you have one?

What are “trigger points,” and how do you know if you have one?

Jackie Manning, ARNP


X marks the spot! There’s a lot of talk floating around these days about “being triggered.” Emotionally, this refers to the discomfort felt when a sensitive issue comes up in conversation. The cause is usually past trauma.




To Our Patients,

Our offices continue to stay open during the COVID-19 crisis.

Our staff is committed to your care and take necessary precautions throughout the day.

If you have any questions about COVID-19,