- Most people are willing to do just about anything to escape the grips of chronic pain. One of the first remedies offered to chronic pain sufferers is prescription drugs. Prescription painkillers are very effective in most cases. However, the pain relief they offer comes at a price for many.
Some painkillers can negatively affect other systems in your body, including your lymphatic system, your kidneys, and your liver. Painkillers run the risk of becoming addictive. And as countless news reports have shown, the results of addiction to painkillers can be devastating.
The fear of side effects and the dread of addiction has led some chronic pain sufferers to look for non-pharmaceutical pain relief options. If this is true in your case, we understand your concerns, and we are eager to work with you to create a pain management treatment that fits into your acceptable parameter of care.
We are happy to offer our clients non-pharmaceutical pain management therapies.
What Is the Benefit of Non-Pharmaceutical Pain Management Therapies?
If chronic pain is not treated, it affects your ability to live comfortably. Chronic pain leads to diminished appetite, insomnia, and decreased energy. Chronic pain affects the way that you interact with others. This can lead to diminished job performance and strained personal relationships.
Non-pharmaceutical therapies decrease pain and can be used in addition to pharmaceuticals or in lieu of pharmaceuticals. They offer the possibility to improve your quality of life. As with any other treatment, each individual will respond differently to different therapies, and there is no guarantee that any therapy will provide 100 percent pain relief.
What Are Some Non-Pharmaceutical Pain Control Options?
Heat: Doctors and healers have used heat as a way to minimize pain for centuries. Heat can minimize muscle pain and control muscle spasms. Heat can be applied to the affected area for between 20 minutes and 30 minutes every two hours for as many days are needed to provide relief.
Massage Therapy: Massage therapy is beneficial for multiple reasons. First, massage therapy can relax tense muscles. Massage therapy stimulates blood flow and encourages the lymphatic system to remove toxins and proteins that can lead to inflammation. Additionally, the human touch of massage therapy can have a powerful pain reducing effect.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation: This procedure uses a battery-powered device that is placed on your skin. It delivers a mild electrical jolt to the area that is causing pain. It is a safe yet effective pain control technique.
Spinal Cord Stimulation: During this procedure, an electrode is implanted close to your spinal cord. It delivers mild electrical signals designed to relax the nerves that cause your pain.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a therapy that has been used for centuries to provide effective pain relief. While its use in Western medicine is relatively new, it has quickly gone from being viewed as a form of alternative medicine to being included in traditional Western medicine. During this procedure, thin needles are used to balance the flow of energy through your body with the goal of reducing pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy teaches you how to heal yourself. It teaches you how to improve your movements, improve your flexibility, and increase your strength with the goal of decreasing your pain. Physical therapists are able to provide you with exercises and flexibility techniques that you might not know exist.
Laughter: Laughter is the best medicine. While this might sound like a cliché phrase, the truth is that doctors recognize that if a person is able to laugh and let go of some of their fear, anxiety, and depression, this can have a positive impact on their pain levels.
Ice: Ice reduces pain by reducing swelling and inflammation. It can stop tissue damage and help the body recover. You can use an ice pack or simply crush ice in a plastic bag. Cover the ice pack with a cloth, and put it on the area for 15 to 20 minutes once every hour.
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy uses scents to relax you, relieve your stress, and reduce your pain. Everything from flowers to herbs to oil extracts and to tree fragrances can be used.
How We Can Help
We strongly believe that you have the right to help plan your care. That is why during your initial consultation with us the first thing that we do is listen to you. We want to learn about your health, about your condition, and what steps you have already taken to try to address your pain.
We are keenly interested in what your pain management goals are, and we are excited to work with you to make those pain management goals a reality. We will create a comprehensive program designed to provide you with short-term and long-term relief.
In the short term, we want to get you up and moving without pain. In the long-term, we want to work with you to create pain management therapies designed to allow you to live an active, happy life.
We understand that you may have come across some medical professionals who were reluctant to provide you with the care you needed not using pharmaceuticals. They may have doubted the reality of your pain or its severity.
This will never happen with us. We understand that all pain is real, that the pain our clients feel is individualized, and that all pain can be managed.
We never give up on our clients. We will never give up on you. Contact us today, and let us show you why so many people trust us to help them develop their non-pharmaceutical pain management therapies.