Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! Gratitude is the foundation of a healthy, positive life, and there’s no better time than Thanksgiving to honor all the people and things we’re grateful for.

As people all over the country gather ‘round the table surrounded by food and family, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to recognize and express gratitude for all the abundance in our lives that we may not take time out to recognize on other days.

Countless research studies have shown the benefits of gratitude on health. People who are grateful are more likely to have stronger relationships, less pain, better mental health, and sounder sleep, according to Psychology Today.

Research shows gratitude has powerful health benefits, ranging from increased self-esteem to improved physical health.

At Arizona Pain, we have so much to be grateful for. First, we’re grateful for you, our patients and online community. When founding Drs. Paul Lynch and Tory McJunkin founded Arizona Pain, they had high hopes but could never have dreamed of all the wonderful things that have happened as they followed their passion of helping people reduce pain in the healthiest way possible.

Our patients are the lifeblood of our success, and we’re grateful for your trust, allowing us to guide your quest for pain relief. We’re grateful for your unrelenting hope for a better life and your boundless faith that solutions to pain do exist.

We’re grateful to have built enough success to give back to the community, because building strong community is one of our signature philosophies. When you realize how much you have, giving back becomes the next logical step, extending a helping hand to those who need it. That’s why we’re running a contest right now, giving $5,000 away for someone to use toward medical bills. If you haven’t already entered, be sure to do so!

What would you do with $5,000 to use for medical bills? Enter our contest today!

The Arizona Pain Foundation is another one of our key efforts to give back. The company’s founders are Christian and strive to inject those strong values into their daily lives. With that in mind, the Arizona Pain Foundation was born.

The Foundation supports local non-profits and organizes events. Past events included outreach to homeless shelters and food banks, and support for veterans and breast cancer awareness initiatives. Another effort the Foundation supports is anti-drug outreach.

Prescription painkiller abuse in particular is causing an increasing number of deaths and problems related to addiction. In our offices, we focus on treating pain without these dangerous narcotics as much as possible, and our Foundation continues this work through philanthropy and awareness efforts.

Giving back is a cornerstone philosophy of Arizona Pain, and we’re grateful to have that ability.

Another way we strive to build community is through our annual Chronic Pain Expo, held each September in conjunction with Chronic Pain Awareness Month. Each year, medical experts, alternative therapy practitioners, and experts in fields like nutrition and physical therapy gather to answer questions from the hundreds of patients who attend.

The Expo is also a wonderful opportunity for pain patients to meet one another. Often, finding someone else living with struggles similar to yours makes them easier to bear. We love helping patients make those connections, both to each other and the wellness experts who can help them.

Part of building community is honoring diversity and making sure everybody has equal access to healthcare.

Our community is very diverse, especially in Arizona, with its large Hispanic population. Unfortunately, Latino members of our community don’t always have access to the care that they need, and that’s why we started working closely with the Latina Strong Foundation.

Latina Strong seeks to improve the health of the entire Hispanic community through targeting women. Organizers say women make most decisions in Latino households, and they hope to initiate broad change by focusing in this way.

Recently Arizona Pain was recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses for helping to pay membership dues for more than ten nurses, assisting the organization’s efforts to improve the health of people in the community.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

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