U.S. Pain Foundation is excited to announce that Thrive Tape is presenting sponsor for Pain Awareness Month 2019. Thrive Tape is introducing a new and innovative kinesiology tape that includes the benefits of far infrared. Kinesiology tape is elasticized tape that can help improve mobility and support joints, muscles, and tendons.

Unlike other kinesiology tapes, however, where proper taping technique is crucial, with Thrive Tape one only needs to apply the tape to the area of discomfort to receive the benefits. Thrive Tape is unique in that it includes a blend of minerals and ceramic powder, which are silkscreened onto the tape and reflect far infrared. (Far infrared is a form of light that cannot be seen, but is experienced by the body as radiant heat.) The tape is also latex-free and hypoallergenic, as well as sweat-resistant and waterproof. (To learn more about U.S. Pain Board Member Ellen Lenox Smith’s positive experience with the tape, click here.)

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Four days left!

At U.S. Pain Foundation, we deeply believe in the power of sharing patient stories. Talking about our experiences with pain helps us to educate others, to create change, and to offer hope. That’s why our theme for Pain Awareness Month 2019, which begins Sunday, is #LetsTalkAboutPain.

This year, we have dozens of opportunities for you to help bring pain to the forefront of public conversations, ranging from our daily storyathon to social media giveaways to weekly events.

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Middletown, Conn. (Aug. 27, 2019) – An estimated 50 million Americans live with some form of chronic pain. Pain is the leading cause of long-term disability, costs the United States up to $635 billion a year, and is the number one reason Americans visit the doctor. Yet there’s an incredible lack of awareness about pain as a public health issue.

“The only way we can create change is if we start speaking up–to loved ones, coworkers, neighbors, clinicians, and even policymakers,” says Nicole Hemmenway, Interim CEO of U.S. Pain Foundation, the leading national nonprofit for people with pain. “Pain is silent, but we don’t have to be.”

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Don’t be shy.

As part of our Pain Awareness Month Storyathon, we’re collecting 3-5 minute video stories from real people with pain, talking about their personal experiences–from how they were diagnosed to how pain affects their daily life. We’ll be selecting a handful of videos to share throughout September on social media.

Remember: talking about pain is the only way we can create understanding, awareness, and most importantly: change.

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Too often, due to broad misconceptions and a lack of understanding about pain, pain warriors are afraid or ashamed to speak up about their stories.

But the only way we can create change is if we start talking–to loved ones, coworkers, neighbors, clinicians, and even policymakers.

That’s why our theme for Pain Awareness Month 2019, which begins September 1, is “Let’s Talk about Pain.” We’ll be hosting numerous events, campaigns, and activities that center around this idea. In order to truly get the word out, though, we need your help.

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Pain Awareness Month, recognized annually in September, is just two months away! The theme this year, #LetsTalkAboutPain, is about the power of sharing patient stories and experiences. More details about how to get involved with U.S. Pain’s “Storyathon” campaign will be available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, U.S. Pain volunteers are encouraged to get involved with annual initiatives to raise awareness: obtaining proclamations from state and local governments and asking landmarks and buildings to light up in blue on Sept. 13 for Shine Blue for Pain (formerly Light Up the Landmarks). Participation in these campaigns requires advance preparation, so volunteers are urged to get started now.

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#PainWarriorsUnite was one of U.S. Pain’s most successful Pain Awareness Month campaigns to date! Ambassadors, advocates, and volunteers worked hard all month to create awareness on behalf of pain warriors across the country. Initiatives included the 30-Day Social Media Challenge, Daily Partner Pain Facts, proclamations, Light up the Landmarks, Beautify in Blue, awareness tables, fundraisers, and educational webinars.

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In honor of Pain Awareness Month, U.S. Pain Foundation is one of three nonprofits to partner with Pain Care Labs, a noninvasive pain relief device company. The goal of the partnership, which also includes the Athena Project and ATI Foundation, is to work together to help connect patients with medical devices for pain management.

Pain Care Labs offers three devices using their clinically-proven, patented Cool-Pulse™ technology: VibraCool®, which offers pain relief through wearable cold and vibration therapy; Buzzy®, a kid-friendly cold and vibration device to block needle pain; and its newest innovation, DuoTherm™ vibrating back relief device, which provides hot and cold vibrational therapy. The devices were developed by pediatric emergency doctor and pain researcher Amy Baxter, MD.

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