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Alternative Treatment For Chronic Pain

By Sabrina

That’s a good question, isn’t it? 

What’s the treatment for chronic pain? 

Non-pharmacological pain managementAs time goes on it seems that this question gets harder and harder to answer.  When you get sick, you go to the doctor.  The doctor will, most likely, write you a prescription.  Then you will make the trip to your local pharmacy to buy these prescriptions.   You take them, and hopefully, get better. 

Does this sound familiar to you?  Are you one entrapped in this cycle?

It seems like no matter what’s wrong with you the answer always seems to be, ‘we have a magic pill for that’.  This is how the health profession goes on nowadays – a cycle of diagnosis and prescription.

About 1.9 million Americans with legal medical prescriptions are hooked on their pain medications, even when taken as prescribed by their doctors for treatment of chronic pain.

Sustained, long-term use of painkillers can lead to its own problems and ruin your body and internal organs. This can including stomach ulcers, liver failure, seizures, brain damage, uncontrollable muscle spasms and the list goes on…

So long in fact, it could probably take up this whole blog post.

It really makes you wonder why this is still our preferred method of pain relief with all the studies showing the irreversible damage happening to our bodies.

Pain in most cases is usually a ’cause’ & ‘effect’ type situation. What I mean by that is there’s something ‘causing’ the ‘effect’ of the chronic pain. We have gotten away from finding the root causes of our medical issues, to provide the easiest solution to controlling the effects (the pain).

Alternative Therapy for Pain Management

I’m happy to report that drug-free treatments in the area of pain management have been showing some promising results!

I recently read that 75% of complementary and alternative treatment and chronic pain centers across the country have seen promising and successful results with therapies that Didn’t come in the form of a pill.

Complimentary and alternative treatment intertwines with what they call Natural Medicine. Natural medicine is the use of natural methods, herbal medicines, and traditional practices to heal ailments.

Every culture has a form of natural medicine. In ancient cultures, village medicine men served as the doctors of the community, passing on medical knowledge to the apprentices that followed them.

Many categories of the healing methods fall under natural medicine. Among these are traditional medicine, complementary medicine, alternative medicine, and 7 Myths About Mindfulness In Plain Englishmindful meditation.

They have found that conventional medicine, such as prescription medication, has been found to not always be effective when treating certain medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, just to name a few.

People living with these types of debilitating pain diseases are looking for alternative options to their current pain management routine, and finding relief with complementary and alternative medicine and therapies.

With all the new compelling studies and research showing that alternative therapies can offer lasting relief, it’s no wonder this topic has grown in popularity over the years.

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The Difference Between Complimentary and Alternative Therapies

What’s The Treatment For Chronic Pain?
Complimentary And Alternative Treatment For Chronic Pain

Throughout time, I will be dissecting each one of these Complementary and integrative health practices and how they work together with alternative therapy for pain management.

The benefits of getting off your pain medications could change your life. However, there are certain conditions where this is just not going to be possible.

This is where the difference between complementary and alternative therapy comes into play.

Complementary therapy, is a non mainstream therapy used ‘along with’ conventional medicine and your current pain management routine decided by you and your doctor.

Alternative Therapy, is a non mainstream therapy used ‘in place of’ conventional medicine or pain management routine prescribed by your doctor.

Most have found that true alternative medicine is truly uncommon. Some people cannot just stop the medications they are currently on. But, they can either lower the doses, or even get on a safer, more effective medication by combining the non mainstream approaches with conventional treatment. 

Complimentary and Alternative Therapy Practices

The 2012 National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health shows that yoga, chiropractic, meditation, acupuncture, and massage therapy are the most practiced mind and body practices used today for alternative therapy for pain.

According to Statista.com, studies showed 20.4 million adults practiced yoga in 2012. They predict by the year 2020 that statistic will dramatically increase to 55.05 million adults just as one example.

What is Mindfulness Meditation - Origins of MindfulnessOther less common practices include movement therapy, hypnotherapy, qi gong, tai chi, and more… However, these alternative therapy pain management practices are also rising in popularity towards the end of 2017.

NCCIH also shows the following are the ’10 most common complementary health approaches among adults as of 2012… Here’s a quick rundown. We will be getting into more details for each of these common complementary health approaches as time goes on.

  • Natural Products ~ Such as Dietary Supplements Other Than Vitamins & Minerals
  • Deep Breathing ~ Great Relaxation Technique
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong ~ Mind & Body Relaxation
  • Chiropractic Meditation ~ Releasing Toxins from Joint Manipulation
  • Meditation ~ Clear Your Mind & Learn How to Focus
  • Massage ~ The Human Touch Does Wonders In a Healing Way
  • Special Diets ~ Release & Flush Toxins From Your Body
  • Homeopathy ~ Envelops the 'Whole Person' Within the Healing Process
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation ~ Deep Relaxation Technique Based on Muscle Tension Release
  • Guided Imagery ~ Positive Imagery Scenarios

I personally use quite a few of these therapies to compliment my current pain management routine as well…

I have been able to not only lose weight, get off long term disability, but cut back on my medications and get off others. My favorite is deep relaxing meditation.

This is a subject that I really enjoy talking about and sharing with other like minded people. I especially like opening up someone’s mind.

So I truly believe if you really want to find help with your current pain situation whatever condition it may be, this is the way to go. We just need to work together to find the approach that works best for you.

I will tell you however, some of these approaches will take time a discipline to achieve your goals.

 

What do you think about alternative and complimentary therapies? Would you be willing to add them to your daily routine? Please leave your comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I am on the same page as you when it comes to taking drugs as opposed to taking something natural or alternative.I have been telling people for years to take a look at alternative treatments, I’m so delighted for you that you have managed to get off long term disability by practising what you preach.Well done on a very informative site.
    Fintan

    1. Hi Fintan!

      Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂 With the way the medication epidemic has spread over the years it has made me realize that we need to learn another way. Society has us believing that medication and the overnight fix is the only way to go. But it isn’t! I’ve had so many friends that have gone over to the dark side looking to ease their pains when the doctors decide they don’t need their medications any longer.

      Please keep passing on the word! I believe meditation and chronic pain go hand in hand. If you have one you need to be doing the other… We can’t have the body without the mind. And living with chronic pain is a battle of a lifetime!

      Keep moving forward together 🙂

  2. Very useful and detailed article! I hope it will help people with chronic pain.

    Thank you for your post!

    Cheers

    1. Very welcome! Thank you for the kudos… I believe that alternative treatment and chronic pain go hand and hand. You have to not only take the advice of your physician of course, but you also have to be doing some complementary therapy for chronic pain along with your daily pain routine you’ve planned out with your doctor. It’s just not enough to sit around all day just popping pills. We need to get people on their feet again, being involved and taking charge of their own health. Thank you for your comment my friend 🙂

  3. Thanks for your page. I’m a big proponent of using complimentary therapies alongside the standard ones because I think they really improve results. I think people should be open to the idea that the complimentary therapies you suggest can change people’s lives for the better. At one point in my life I had a serious medical condition, and I honestly believe the only thing that kept me sane throughout that period was meditation. I could have requested anxiety medication but I didn’t, I practiced meditation which helped me get to sleep, and it helped my mindset during the day to deal with what was happening to me. It helped me accept was happening if that makes sense.
    You have some important messages here. Thanks

    1. I absolutely adore your comment! I’m sorry about your medical situation though 🙁 However, you were able to make a bad situation bearable by using the practice of mindful meditation to put your mind at ease. When it comes to chronic pain, it messes with the chemicals in your brain. What I mean by this is, when chronic pain sets in so does depression, anxiety, PTSD (depending on how it happened), and more… Chronic pain is not just about treating the pain itself, but all the other conditions that may arise due to this. That’s why I hope to reach as many people as possible to let them know there are other ways! You are a shining example. Please come back frequently to check out my new posts. Thank you for your comment, my friend 🙂

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