What About Alternative Medicine for Chronic Pain?

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If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, you probably feel like you’ve tried everything to get relief. From switching from one medication to the next, exercising or not, nothing seems to make much difference. Chronic pain steals much joy out of life and prevents you from living fully. Alternative medicine often gets a bad rap, but you may want to give it a try to move out of chronic pain.

What is Alternative Medicine?

Alternative medicine is healthcare outside of the mainstream Western pharmaceutical-based medicine in the United States. The list includes many different specialties or areas of focus. For example, chiropractic care, acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy and Ayurveda are all types of alternative medicine that have been used for years.

Body medicine that uses one’s movements like tai chi and yoga are types of alternative medicine. In addition, some people use external energy to provide healthcare, like Qigong, electromagnetic therapies or reiki energy.

Using the power of the mind through biofeedback and hypnosis for medicinal purposes, including pain management, is very powerful medicine.

Supplements, plants and oils are used as medicine and diet and nutrition choices can help many people with various ailments. Even art, music, dance and guided meditation are part of the alternative medicine options that provide excellent results for many people.

Should I Be Afraid of Alternative Medicine?

When the term “alternative medicine” is used, some people feel fearful of things outside their comfort zone. While no one should be made truly uncomfortable, using alternative medicine choices is not harmful or something that needs to be feared. Most alternative medicine has been practiced for much longer than traditional Western medicine.

Can Alternative Medicine Ease Chronic Pain?

The short answer is yes; alternative medicine can bring great relief to those who suffer from chronic pain. Allied Pain & Spine Institute offers a variety of alternative medicine options to help reduce the stress of chronic pain.

We provide chiropractic care and acupuncture in our clinic and more options to treat your pain. You can receive electrotherapy, including TENS units, interferential stimulation (IF) and high voltage pulsed galvanic stimulation. (HVGPS) These treatments use electrical stimulation to interrupt the nervous system’s signals to the brain.

At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we also offer injections of anti-inflammatories or steroids directly into the site of the pain. In addition, we use mindfulness techniques to re-train how the mind experiences pain.

If you are looking for alternative medicine to treat your chronic pain, the Allied Pain & Spine Institute team can help. Contact us today to set up a consultation.

Posted on behalf of Allied Pain & Spine Institute