Chronic pain is not only very bothersome for the sufferer, but it can also become a debilitating condition that prevents one from enjoying even the simplest and most pleasant tasks, such as gardening. There are many reasons why people can experience chronic pain: sometimes, the pain is adjacent to an already existing chronic condition such as arthritis, while in other cases it results from a surgery, a severe injury or illness.
Chronic pain management should be regarded as a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, if the patient wants to enjoy pain relief in the long run. A holistic approach involves a “global view”, one that targets the general well-being of the patient as opposed to just addressing the chronic pain itself, and the holistic approach is particularly beneficial if the cause of the pain is unknown.
Functional medicine emphasizes the fact that people are highly individual and there is no such thing as a “universal approach” that applies to everybody. If you have tried the conventional pain management techniques and none of them managed to alleviate your pain and suffering, then perhaps you should consider an all-round, comprehensive and opiate-free approach that targets your overall health. It will not only help to reduce the physical suffering, but also the emotional and the mental stress that are often associated with chronic pain.
Certain pain reducing drugs can take a toll on the patient’s mood. One of the many benefits of holistically addressing the problem of chronic pain is that the treatments are often natural and free from any side effects. Below are some commonly prescribed holistic approaches for the efficient management of chronic pain.
Acupuncture is an efficient technique that involves penetrating certain parts of the skin with a solid and metallic needle, with the sole purpose of relieving stress, tension and pain. Acupuncture has been used as a natural pain reliever for generations, and millions of people still rely on it these days.
Both yoga and meditation have been used for thousands of years by our predecessors, for a plethora of different reasons: some just needed a way to reduce stress and anxiety, others wanted to improve their posture, their balance and their flexibility, while others wanted to connect with their inner self. However, yoga and meditation can also increase calmness and induce a general feeling of physical relaxation, thus helping the patients take their mind off of the chronic pain. Besides this, since yoga involves a strategic combination of breathing techniques and postures, it is also regarded as an efficient cardiovascular training.
Massage therapy is yet another efficient way to relieve pain, stress and tension that tends to accumulate in the muscles. Massage therapy also has a healing component to it, as it is commonly used by professional therapists to help athletes and bodybuilders recover from sports-induced injuries, while promoting a general sense of wellness and serenity.
If your chronic pain is the direct result of an injury, an accident or even an illness, then massage therapy may come in handy, especially when combined with a good and balanced diet rich in amino acids, omega 3 and omega 6. Nutrition is extremely important, as it is believed that foods can both cure you and make you sick – it is entirely up to you to make the best of what nature has to offer.
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