Chronic Pain is debilitating for mind, body and spirit. Chronic pain can be the result of disease such as fibromayalgia, or surgeries, or it can be the result of emotional or spiritual trauma. Whatever the root, it is difficult to deal with. Conventional medicine often deals with chronic pain by administering pain killers. Too often such treatment leads to addiction which only ultimately compounds the problem. Currently, I have a client with chronic pain syndrome. JJ’s pain is the result of multiple surgeries. Prescription medicine to control his pain left her an addict. Treatment for addiction has helped her dependence on prescription drugs and she has sought alternative treatment. She receives weekly sessions of acupuncture and Reiki. Initially, she was only able to get a few hours of relief. Now, she can almost manage the week. Because the acupuncture and Reiki have settled her anxiety and pain, she has begun to make other changes in her life. She now is able to exercise and is interested in her diet. As a result she is sleeping better and has lost some weight, both of which have helped to lesson her pain. Most importantly, her mind set has changed. She once reported she will always have to live with pain; now she looks forward to being pain free.
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Chronic pain is recurring pain that can be continuous or intermittent and lasts longer than six months. According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, headaches, including migraines, as well as backache and arthritis qualify as chronic pain. Often, chronic pain can be better treated by holistic pain management.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practice. At the core of acupuncture philosophy is the belief that chi, also known as life force or energy, can flow freely or can become blocked at points along meridians. Each meridian, or pathway, is associated with an organ. When chi flows freely, the person experiences wellness. When chi is blocked, different ailments can occur. Acupuncture uses a painless method incorporating needles. They are inserted at designated locations on the body. The ailment determines placement of the needles. Acupuncturists often recommend herbs to aid acupuncture’s healing effects.
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Herbal remedies may be among the best-known holistic means to manage chronic pain. Used throughout the ages by cultures around the world, herbs can offer relief for myriad painful conditions. Some of the most popular herbal remedies include angelica, cramp bark, kava kava, rosemary and valerian root. These herbs treat cramps and muscle spasms. Tea can be made with catnip, licorice or wood betony, to name only three herbs, to ease nerve pain and tension. Capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, can relieve rheumatoid arthritis and neuralgia, among other painful conditions. Butterbur is gaining attention for its effective treatment and prevention of migraine headaches. Seek the advice of an herbalist or an acupuncturist for guidance.
Massage is body work. A massage therapist manipulates muscles and soft tissues. The therapy can ease muscle pain, headaches and a variety of other chronically painful conditions. Massage allows muscles to relax and promotes lymphatic circulation, which reduces inflammation. Massage encourages blood flow through muscles and can aid sinus drainage. Massage is not appropriate for all people, however, especially those with vascular problems. The many forms of massage used to relieve chronic pain include deep tissue massage, neuromuscular massage, reflexology and shiatsu.
Hypnotherapists suggest suffering subjects into a positive state of mind. It creates relaxation, which is fertile territory for receptivity to positive suggestions. A hypnotherapist or a doctor provides a subject with suggestions that distract the mind from its focus on pain. Hypnosis can manage back and joint pain, migraines, and other types of chronic pain. Only use the services of a certified hypnotherapist.
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