The majority of medical schools are fundamentally lacking in the education if pain, making many a physician being underqualified to properly identify the cause and treatment of different types of chronic pain. As a medical practitioner with an underwhelming knowledge of pain, they usually resort to pain medication which is rarely a path to a pain free life. More importantly, there are many medication-free options to help combat chronic pain, many of which are overlooked by the medical community.
Osteopathic Modifications: Comparing patients who undergo neck pain treatment with a chiropractor versus those solely on pain medication, research indicates patients who exercise and use chiropractors as a form of treatment double their chances of being pain free within a few weeks’ time.
Massages: Having massages has well-known benefits to the person suffering from chronic pain. Benefits include a lower heart rate, release of endorphins and helps relaxation, all inducing pain relief.
Improving Posture: Inadequate posture often results in some types of chronic pain such as back pain. The Gokhale Method is proven to be effective in addressing the main cause of chronic pain because it re-trains the person to use proper posture and specifically targets a better stance and sitting posture.
Physiotherapy: Physical therapy improves range and comfort of movement and helps minimize pain by using flexible and strength training exercises.
Dietary Recommendations that Help Reduce Chronic Pain
By increasing your consumption of omega-3 fatty acids you also help to reduce many inflammation processes induced by certain inflammatory mediators. Hence, omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and thus pain.
Another type of omega fat is the omega-6 fatty acids. These omega fats should be avoided because omega-6 fats are known to actually cause inflammation. Therefore, reducing your consumption of processed foods like hot dogs is a good strategy to follow since they contain unhealthy sugars and additives. Lowering your consumption of unhealthy sugars provides benefits in and of themselves since with sugar consumption comes elevated levels of insulin and leptin which are both known to provoke increased production of inflammatory prostaglandins.
Vitamin D is an important hormone, 10% percent of which we acquire through our diets. Because of this low number, our skin produces the remaining Vitamin D by UV absorption during sun exposure. Vitamin D assists in the intestinal absorption of many other elements like calcium, zinc and iron. In terms of chronic pain, Vitamin D works by inhibiting inflammatory cytokines.
The following foods, herbs and spices are known to reduce pain:
– Capsaicin Cream
– Borage and Black Current Oils
– Indian Frankincense
There are many safe alternatives to pain medications. It is always important to try different recommendations in order to better reduce the severity and frequency of pain flare ups. Besides the physical aspect of pain, it is also important to build mental fortitude by, for instance, cognitive behavioral therapy which has been proven to dramatically ameliorate pain and raise quality of life.