Thursday, March 10, 2011

Complete Pain Management - Balancing Treatment

If there's anything that everyone, except in rare cases, have in common is having experienced pain. Pain is something we all know, and have learned to avoid. And yet, it is one of the most important lessons in life that we learn. We know that when we are in physical pain, there must be something wrong going on in our bodies. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to figure out what is causing the pain, and instead we tend to focus on easing it through medication or other pain management techniques. But what if you are in a state of constant pain because of a physical condition, such as arthritis or diabetic neuropathy? How do you manage it then? Ultimately, this situation calls for a complete pain management balancing treatment.

When we think of the term pain management, many would immediately associate it with taking pain medication. However, pills and injections are not the only means we have available for relieving pain. As easy as it is to merely pop a pill and hope that the pain will go away, in many cases, pain is lessened or even eliminated using a more holistic approach that many doctors today are quick to embrace.

Touch therapy, or massage is considered an efficient traditional remedy for easing chronic pain, especially because it relaxes tightly wounded muscles, relieves stress, and gives a general feeling of relaxation and well-being. This is typically combined with aromatheraphy, in which essential oils are used to knead the muscles, infusing the air around the person with calming, soothing scents. There are many kinds of massage such as shiatsu, acupressure, and deep tissue.

Another pain management technique is exercise. Yes, the e-word feared and loathed by many is a reliable way of relieving pain yet most people are lazy to indulge in this solution. Exercising is a good pain management. Why? This is because as we exercise, our bodies release a happy chemical into our bloodstream called endorphins, which also works to relieve pain in a similar way that painkillers do. Many doctors advise that we take at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, most days of the week. This is a typical prescription for people who have chronic back pain, as this builds up the core muscles of the body, allowing them to support your body better and give you better posture.

Another way to ease pain, which is related to exercise, is stress relief. It should come as no surprise to you that stress is one of the factors that can aggravate or even cause chronic pain. Yoga, pilates, and tai-chi are popular methods that embody the physical, spiritual, and mental benefits that exercise and stress-relief can give a person suffering from chronic pain.

To sum up, a lifestyle change is in order if you are currently experiencing chronic pain. That is the key to a complete pain management balancing system. But remember to discuss each pain management option with your doctor before embarking on any changes. He or she will be able to guide you in the best course of action for managing your pain.

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