I Can Handle the Pain! Part II
Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of taking action to resolve your pain in Part I, we can talk about what actions are available to take! All therapies designed to promote health and optimal function all work with the body’s innate healing systems. Obviously, there will be some bias in terms of which options I think are the healthiest and most viable, but I am striving to present a brief overview of as many courses of treatment as I can in a reasonable article length. Below the therapies are divided into two categories: fast relief and long term solutions.
You’re in pain and you need help now!
Medication – analgesics, muscle relaxers, anti-depressants, etc.
Surgery – fusions, ectomies, replacements, etc.
Near instant results! Your body will know within a week (maybe a bit longer if you are healing from a surgery) if the treatment is effective. In the case of medication, this means that you are able to move through alternatives if necessary much sooner to find a drug that works best for you.
Between premiums, deductibles, copays, and anything that insurance doesn’t cover, these therapies can mean high costs especially over longer periods of time.
Addiction to and dependence on medication
Surgery success rate can be shoddy and can require follow up surgeries or be essentially ineffective.
Symptoms may return over time as tolerance to medication is built or as complications from scar tissue arise.
Side effects and complications can often arise from taking medications or undergoing surgery even when you are the perfect patient.
You can begin to feel results immediately, but often you’ll need multiple sessions to maintain effects and create lasting change.
Chiropractic – addresses the alignment of the skeleton and nerve impingements caused by misalignments
Physical and Occupational Therapy – rehabilitation focused on increasing mobility, function, and effortlessness of movement
Massage Therapy – addresses imbalances (over or under tone) in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia
Other Alternative Therapies – Psychotherapy, Acupuncture, Yoga, Vibration Therapy, Spiritual practices, etc.
Lifestyle Changes – Physical fitness, meditation, nutrition, stress management, etc.
Natural therapies teach you tools that you can integrate into your life, boosting confidence in your body’s abilities and empowering you to embrace that confidence.
Often you can share these tools with others you know who need help with pain relief.
Because process based therapies support you in building new, healthy habits the results are long lasting.
There is no risk of side effects or complications with natural, holistic approaches.
The pain relief goal of these types of therapies is ultimately to become obsolete for you as the client so you do not need to continue to see a practitioner in perpetuity.
Because natural therapies require more time and patience, it can require juggling your schedule as well as greater personal effort to stick to routines and treatment plans.
Process based therapies often require more frequent sessions in the beginning meaning larger upfront costs.
What works for one person may not be the most effective course of treatment for another. Talk with your healthcare provider or therapist to discuss which course or courses of action will work best for your body. Hopefully this list gives you an idea of where you can start. Comment below and let me know what has worked best for you to resolve you pain! Questions are also welcome or you can ask me directly at (856) 857-7535.