When it comes to chronic pain, it's just too difficult to manage yourself. Many members of the healthcare community prescribe pain-killers as the primary method of treating chronic pain. If you're depending on prescription meds or over-the-counter - without relief, it's time to look to other methods of pain control.
Most people who suffer with chronic pain are given a prescription for pain medication, or even schedule a surgery - and sent on their way. There are other, safer and healthier ways to manage your pain - besides pain medication and/or surgery. Many chronic pain sufferers don't want to use medication, but they don't know any other way to manage their pain.
Types Of Pain
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for six months or longer. Did you know that there are nearly 100 million people in our country who suffer from chronic, daily pain? These are the cases that are documented - many people suffer in silence.
Comprehensive Pain Management
Doctors who offer comprehensive pain management will objectively look at all of your body's systems in order to evaluate and treat the source of your pain. They will view your overall health to better diagnose and treat the pain you are experiencing.
Alternative Methods Of Treating Pain
You may not be acquainted with some of the alternative ways that your pain can be successfully managed.
Subluxations, or misalignments of the vertebrae, occurs when the bones in your spine are out of their normal position. This can be caused by a number of reasons, such as injury or trauma, chemical imbalances, stress - or even improper lifting. This vertebral subluxation oftentimes is the underlying cause of many healthcare problems - including chronic pain.
Adjustive techniques - either non-force or force may be used to treat your pain.
Acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that can often help those with chronic pain. It is a non-invasive procedure where very thin needles are inserted into your skin at specific points of your body. The purpose of this is to increase the energy flow throughout. Your acupuncture specialist will take a thorough health history on your first visit and this will help him or her to determine where the needles should be placed. You may feel a slight pressure when the needles are placed, but you shouldn't feel pain. When the needle is placed, the provider may roll the needle back and forth. Many people have experienced decreased pain with acupuncture.
Massage therapy. Nothing feels better than a good massage - especially for those who suffer from regular pain. It's common for those with pain to feel depressed, have trouble sleeping and anxiety. A professional massage is effective at increasing deep sleep, improvement of pain and stiffness - as well as lowering anxiety and improving depression.
Herbology. There are many side effects to the hundreds of medications prescribed for pain - not to mention the over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. There is much to learn about the benefits that herbs can offer those who suffer from chronic pain. Your professional alternative healthcare provider will help you understand the healing power of herbs.
If you are one of the millions who experience chronic pain - don't suffer in silence. There are people who want to help you. When you have a team of professionals that will spend time with you and listen to your concerns, you will have a better understanding of the cause of your pain. Your comprehensive pain management team will work with you to design a treatment plan just for you - one that will restore you to your optimal health.