Pain is a signal from the body that something is not right with our physiology. Treatments to mask or “numb” the pain are often detrimental to health and do little to speed recovery for most pain sufferers. The naturopathic approach has many integrative therapies that speed healing and serves to correct the underlying cause of pain.
Pain Neutralization Technique
A gentle use of local reflex points to turn off painful regions. This system is highly useful to improve muscle tension and significantly reduce pain without the use of any aggressive or invasive procedures. Patients often report a substantial decrease in overall body pain in a handful of treatments.
An injection technique using dextrose and local anaesthetic to repair damaged, strained or stretched ligaments and tendons. Injection of damaged tissues helps to restore stability of unstable joints, often an underlying issue behind osteoarthritis, and chronic joint pain.
It is well documented that pain is often mediated through the brain and often unrelated to the region where pain is felt. Painful regions may not be damaged at all but dysfunctional reflexes to the region cause local pain, tenderness and spasm. Injections of local anaesthetic into scars or trigger points help to restore normal nervous communication to tissues.
The use of acupuncture is an ancient practice to restore overall meridian balance to restore optimal flow of “qi” through the acupuncture meridians. Modern medicine is now beginning to document the benefits of acupuncture with regard to accelerating the recovery process while also providing a safe alternative to pain killers.
Many of us have had the experience where we are doing something pretty harmless and the familiar “pop” happens and we’re flat on our back for several days. I recently had this occur where I was merely putting skin cream on my daughter’s ear when this occurred. Movement was impossible, standing about as likely as flying, so here I was being doted on by my 8 month pregnant spouse as I lay here incapacitated. It is now Day 3 and I can finally stand and walk again, albeit short distances. Had I not done several things I think this would have lasted much longer. Here is a list of what I did to speed recovery and decrease pain while being stuck at home.
1) Medications-as an ND I abhor using drugs long term but when you’re in severe acute pain judicious use can provide dramatic relief. For me Robaxacet, is helpful but I use only half the daily dose recommended to ease up spasm and allow modest movement.
a.Theracurmin-dose high-3 caps 2x/day to balance inflammation.
b.San Qi formula/Yunnan pai yao-3 caps 3x/day to improve circulation to damaged tissues and decrease swelling.
c.Vit C-3000mg/day to help connective tissue repair.
d.105 Heart formula (Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Pian)-traditional chinese sciatica formula-3 tablets 2x/day
a.Mag Phos 6X/12X tissue salt-5 tablets as needed- useful for spasm especially spasms better with heat.
b. Zeel tablets and Cream-homeopathic found to be as effective as NSAIDs for controlling inflammation with no harmful side effects. Use every 30 minutes.
a.Alternate Hot water bottle and Ice packs, 3 minutes cold then hot water bottle for 10 minutes. Do at least 3x/day over lower back region. This will improve circulation and decrease swelling.
5) Energy Work
I’m lucky to know some talented healers to lend a hand when I need help. There are many methods of using intention to heal. To get a better understanding of the science behind energy healing I recommend the book “Dreamhealer” by Adam. The form of energy work that I do is called “NMT” but many other effective methods exist.
Thankfully, had many of these remedies in my cupboard, as I really didn’t expect to have a sudden episode of severe back pain.
Summer is here and we all start getting back into hobbies that we haven’t done in a while. Tennis and Golf commonly lead to elbow pain due to unaccustomed strain on the elbow joint. Common complaints involve pain with moving the elbow or picking things up.
Treatment of tendinitis (actually tendinosis) involves the use of heat, ice and inflammation management. Although sometimes effective, I’ve found that prolotherapy is a much more effective option to yield long lasting results. Prolotherapy is an injection of Dextrose, procaine and/or homeopathics into the tendon attachment to speed healing. A course of 6-10 treatments is usually recommended for stubborn or chronic cases but relatively new cases most often improve after a few treatments. Patients have also found that the addition of techniques such as Trigenics or Pain Neutralization greatly improve overall success of treatment.
Pain from past injuries is most often caused by nervous system stress sustained from the injury. These reflexes sustain spasm, pain, impaired circulation and also changes in overall mobility. Treatments geared towards improving nervous system communication to your knees, elbows, shoulders, neck, back and ankles can yield seemingly miraculous results.
The longer you wait to treat your injuries the more likely you will experience degeneration into a much more serious problem. Treat a little now…. or a lot later…
Why suffer any longer?
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