Throughout the ages, no matter what medical problem a patient suffered, whether caused by illness or injury, one common factor always prevailed, and this is a pain. The only difference was the degree and intensity of the pain experienced by the patient.
Pain is the oldest medical problem and even before a medical profession existed, and the cause of the problem was not understood, the "patient" knew the pain he was experiencing. Within the medical profession, pain is always the common element that must always be addressed today.
And of course today, our pharmacies are filled with all sorts of pain killers, many with side effects that can cause other medical problems, including death, and in the long term are often addictive.
In recent years pain symptoms and causes have become much better understood by medical professionals. Research has shown that pain can be relieved by using drug-free, non-invasive pain relief therapy which is safe and simple, highly effective and non-addictive.
Millions of people throughout the world are dependent on pharmaceutical drugs and other forms of patented medication for the relief of pain, which often results in serious side effects, which in many cases prove to be fatal.
What is Pain Management?
Pain Management is a vital part of health care because people forced to continue living with extreme pain often become depressed and have poor treatment outcomes. Some types of pain are still not understood, and some of the cases having unknown origins.
Here are some of the things we do know about pain:
* It is constant for about 20% of people.
* Back pain is the most common pain.
* Most chronic sufferers have had pain for at least 3 years.
* As it can be expected, the incidence increases with advancing age.
* Women report suffering more often than men do.
* Only 70% of sufferers look for professional help.
Pain management should be multidisciplinary combining the input of Medical practitioners, Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Clinical Psychologists and Occupational therapists, among others.
Alternatives To Medication For Pain Management
If you have muscle pain or stress, then you should consider Alternative therapy for pain management. This holistic approach will make your muscle movements comfortable and provide optimal relief for the entire body. Alternative therapy encircles various disciplines; some of them are discussed below:
Integrative Manual Therapy - Hands-on Pain Management Technique
Integrative Manual Therapy is a manipulative alternative therapy that tackles pain via hand-on techniques and physical involvement. These include massages, soft tissue mobilization, gentle joint mobilizations, mind/body therapy, neural tissue techniques, muscle energy techniques and much more.
Body/Mind Integration - Interaction with the Brain
Mind body focuses on the interactions among the brain and the remaining body parts, the mind, and general behavior. This technique directly affects health by using some emotional, social, mental, spiritual and behavioral factors.
Gentle Joint Mobilizations - Releasing Joint Tension
Massage therapist commonly used this safe technique for pain management and releasing tension from areas such as neck, head, spine, wrists, ankles, feet, ribs and pelvis. Various factors like aging, poor posture and stress play a significant role in the immobilization of joints. This can create pain and tension in muscle and nearby areas. Small, passive and gentle movements applied on individual joints make the joints movable and flexible.
Muscle Energy Techniques - Relief by Muscle Relation
Another aspect of alternative therapy is Muscle Energy Technique. This technique is used to promote muscle relaxation and provide relief to temporary muscle fatigue and helpful to gain motion.
Myofascial Release - Relief through Blood Circulation
Myofascial release is a type of soft tissue therapy that is used for pain management and somatic dysfunction. In this technique, the relaxation of contracted muscles occurs through increased circulation. It also provides venous and lymphatic drainage by stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles.
Craniosacral Therapy - Popular among Practitioners
This alternative medicine therapy is also called craniosacral bodywork and is extensively used by the massage therapists, chiropractors and professional therapists. This technique targets mental stress, neck and back pain and migraine headaches. TMJ syndrome and fibromyalgia can easily be treated with this form of therapy.
Managing pain is a challenge; however, alternative therapy makes this difficult task much easier and faster. Furthermore, medicines today simply cannot provide sufficient pain management.