While the history of using ice and other forms of cold therapy for injuries dates back to the 1950s, there is a new wave of therapy called Iovera treatment that uses the body’s natural responses to cold to immediately reduce pain. This latest form of regenerative therapy is FDA approved to block pain—minus the use of drugs or pharmaceuticals, as stated by Iovera Health. Thus, by harnessing the power of cold therapy, the Iovera treatment is a safe and precise version of cryotherapy that delivers targeted cold through a Focused Cold Therapy delivery device. Continue reading.
Derived from traditional Chinese medicinal methodologies, acupuncture is an integrated technique in which tiny needles are inserted through the skin at specific points on the body, as stated by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. For chronic low back and neck pain, as well as osteoarthritis, knee pain and ongoing tension headaches and migraines, acupuncture continues to ease pain and significantly reduce the intensity and number of headaches. Continue reading.
When speaking of the future of healthcare, it is impossible to overlook the enormous advancements taking shape in the form of regenerative medicine, with its countless innovations, techniques and therapies. With fundamental components of biology, chemistry and physics, regenerative treatments are a unique blend of strategies that repair, restore and regenerate damaged or injured tissues. What’s more is that these solutions are noninvasive and focus on addressing the root cause of one’s pain and injury—not only its symptoms. For individuals with chronic or life-altering diseases, regenerative medicine is redefining the future of treatment and ultimately the future of healthcare itself. Continue reading.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the most common form of electrotherapy. If you’re among the 30 million or so Americans dealing with back pain, it’s a non-surgical treatment option that may provide enough relief to allow you to put off or forego surgery altogether. Dating back to the 1960s, the technology behind TENS units has evolved to the point where it’s even more conveniently accessible for patients wising to explore other forms of pain management before considering surgery. Continue reading.
Guided imagery is based on an understanding that pain is both physical and mental in nature. It’s a pain management technique that involves shifting your mental focus to something positive. It can be as simple as a picturing yourself effortlessly completing a 5K run race free of pain or as detailed as imagining healthy cells helping to heal the tissues around your joints. For some individuals, guided imagery can ease stress and create a better environment internally for healing and promote overall relaxation.
How Does Guided Imagery Work?
Sometimes called visualization, guided imagery involves all of the five senses, not just vision. It works by using the power of the imagination to stimulate your senses. Some patients with chronic pain use guided imagery to picture their pain in a ball that’s separate from their body. They might picture themselves grabbing that ball of pain and tossing it far away. For the purpose of pain management, guided imagery can be performed with the following steps: Continue reading.
First developed in Northern India more than 5,000 years ago, yoga remains a popular discipline today. Numerous studies also suggest that yoga can be an effective way to manage back pain and other aches and pains affecting joints and muscles. If back pain is something you’re dealing with on a fairly regular basis, you may benefit from the slow, controlled movements of yoga as alternative to more strenuous forms of exercise. Here are five poses to consider incorporating into your exercise routine. Continue reading.
If you’re among the 100 million or so Americans affected by chronic pain, you’re probably open to exploring anything that may improve your comfort. One pain management option worth exploring is your choice of the foods you eat every day. The health benefits of many foods are well-documented and well-known. In fact, some foods have been used to ease aches and pains as far back as the days of ancient Egypt, Greece, and China. If you’re looking for some suggestions, here are five foods that may help you manage your chronic pain better. Continue reading.
Pain from something like an over-stretched or irritated muscle is likely to go away fairly quickly. Yet there are times when discomfort related to joints, soft tissues, spinal discs, and nerves is persistent and disruptive to your quality of life. While mechanical issues with bones, tendons, and ligaments that can be detected on images tests may be the primary cause of such pain, relief sometimes involves more than medication or surgery. Nutrition and wellness can also have a significant impact on how you manage pain.
Making Healthy Diet Choices and Adjustments
The foods you eat on a regular basis can affect your tissues, Continue reading.
Even with opiate abuse now at epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading health organizations, nearly 40 percent of the population still takes painkillers for legitimate reasons. While some patients do benefit from such medications when taken properly, concerns over addiction have both doctors and patients exploring alternative options to opiates to manage chronic pain.
Exercise Specific to Abilities
While it may seem counterproductive to exercise with chronic pain, the right form of exercise can strengthen muscles and joints enough to provide more support while making daily movements. The good thing about exercise is that it can be tailored to a patient’s abilities and modified as endurance and strength improves. Forms of exercise that may be appropriate for patients with chronic pain include: Continue reading.
Physical therapy is a standard recommendation for just about anyone experiencing some type of temporary or chronic pain, or for patients looking to restore normal range of motion following surgery or while recovering from an injury. While most people think of physical therapy as involving some type of exercise requiring active participation on the part of the patient, it may also involve techniques that do not require participation. This type of PT is referred to as passive physical therapy, which is strictly therapeutic in nature. Continue reading.