Pain Treatments—Holistic, MindBodySpirit

Pain Treatments—Holistic, MindBodySpirit

Alternative medicine is accumulating a sound scientific footing. Through careful review of case studies, clinical trials, and the available literature on ancient therapies, along with more recently developed improvements of ancient techniques, are showing effectiveness in pain management and providing lasting relief in many patients.

Generally falling under the banner of the mind-body-spirit connection, many of these methods have been practiced for millennia, as is the case with traditional African medicine, Native American medicine, Ayurveda, and traditional Oriental medicine. Acupuncture and acupressure, foundational to Oriental medicine, and yoga, meditation, and pranayama breathing to Ayurvedic medical practice, each in their own way focus on harnessing energy flow in the body. Prayer and meditative practices can have profound physiological benefits. Behavioral modification techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) instruct patients on how to reframe their belief system and behaviors. Guided imagery invokes the power of visualization and imagination to effect sensory and affective changes. Other holistically oriented methods heighten the patient's mindfulness regarding dietary and lifestyle choices. The time-honored practice of botanical medicine offers a vast herbal compendium from which to select herbs with known analgesic, soporific, anxiolytic, or nervine qualities. Still other modalities diminish the perception of pain through massage techniques, neuromuscular reeducation, or reconditioning of the body through graduated exercises.

The evidence supports the use of complementary therapies in the treatment of low back pain with modalities that include spinal manipulation, massage therapy, acupuncture, exercise, yoga, and psychological intervention. Pain syndromes with a psychological component, such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, and chronic pain syndrome, can be improved by the effects of various forms of massage therapy on mood and affect. Electrotherapies such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), electronic muscle stimulation (EMS), pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) and iontophoresis, can also be appropriate components of an integrative pain management plan.

Mind-body-spirit therapies are recommended for healing in advice developed by consensus panels as effective and worthwhile and for positive outcomes with a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain. A number of studies have evaluated the efficacy of mind-body-spirit therapies in reduction of chronic pain, demonstrating techniques such as yoga, t'ai chi, qi gong, hypnosis, progressive muscle relaxation techniques, biofeedback, meditation, and guided imagery as both safe and effective.

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The effects of chronic pain can range from simple annoyance to debilitating and life-changing. Regardless of where you might find yourself on this spectrum of pain, the practitioners at Patients Medical offer a broad range of pain management therapies derived from modern and ancient traditions in the healing arts. Our integrative approach tackles your pain problem holistically, addressing the mind-body-spirit components of pain to help you manage your pain and live a full, satisfying life.

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