So many people I know experience pain on a daily basis. They use anything from topical creams to oxytocin to just get through the day! Here’s a guest post by Felicia Baratz to help my friends and others prevent and manage pain naturally.
Pain management, known medically as algiatry, is practiced by a variety of specialists like as physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. Short-term pain is often treated with medication until the underlying condition is resolved, but long-term pain management requires other methods due to the addictive nature of these drugs.
Preventative measures for whole body pain include exercise, massage and baths. The management of pain from chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and osteoporosis includes acupuncture and behavioral therapy.
Pain Preventative Measures
Exercise is one of the most popular methods for preventing pain, and it can also improve physical functioning due to chronic medical conditions. The use of exercise as a pain prevention technique is especially common with fibromyalgia patients.
A typical exercise program for this purpose emphasizes aerobic exercise of low to moderate intensity, two to three times per week. Water-based exercise, or hydrotherapy, is commonly used for patients with restricted movement. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, which are natural painkillers. It also builds strength and increases freedom of movement, making normal activities less painful.
Massage therapy is also a common method of relieving the pain of a chronic condition. It can also relieve other symptoms of these conditions, such as stress and sleeping difficulties. A variety of specific massage techniques exist with specific goals such as decreasing stress, improving blood circulation and increasing lymphatic drainage.
Massage therapy is typically performed one to two times per week. Controlled studies of massage therapy typically show that it is at least mildly-beneficial for the prevention of long-term pain.
Therapeutic bathing generally involves soaking in warm water or mud that contains minerals and other substances intended to prevent pain. This therapy causes the body to release endorphins, and it also relieves anxiety, helps relax muscles and improves the quality of sleep.
Therapeutic baths generally take place in a health spa, but medical facilities also provide this form of therapy. Scientific studies provide moderate evidence that therapeutic bathing prevents pain and improves the quality of life. A typical regimen of therapeutic bathing lasts for at least three months.
Acupuncture is a popular method of managing long-term pain without resorting to addictive medication. This practice involves inserting needles into the body at specific points to relieve pain or perform other therapeutic purposes.
The World Health Organization published a report in 2003 that summarized scientific studies on the use of acupuncture for pain management. The report concluded that acupuncture is most useful for relieving specific types of pain, such as those caused by epigastric distress, headaches and sciatica. The report also concluded that more research is needed in this area.
Behavioral analysis views pain as a response to conditioning which can be controlled through therapy. This form of pain therapy teaches patients various ways to relieve pain and stress and often uses tools such as hypnosis and biofeedback. Behavioral therapy can be an effective method of treating chronic pain for many patients.
About the Author
Felicia Baratz is a writer living in the Indianapolis area. As a writer for doseofmyown.com, she specializes in articles about health and nutrition.
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