The annual cost of pain is $600 billion. More than heart disease ($309 billion) and cancer ($243 billion) combined. A lot of discussion goes into effective ways to address chronic pain. Using opioids is NOT the first avenue that you should take to battle pain. I know first-hand how much pain can slow down your life. But if you’re battling chronic pain, what can you do? I’m discussing that today.
One, chiropractic care. According to Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine in December 2017, chiropractic patients are shown to use 55% less opioids than non-chiropractic recipients.
Two, exercise. I realize it may be painful initially, but when you work out your body produces endorphins which will help with battling the pain because it interacts with your brain receptors and change our perception of pain.
Three, acupuncture. By getting your body into balance, the pain will decrease. Researchers believe this works because the needles signal the brain to release endorphins which naturally dull the pain. A question I get asked frequently is does this hurt? And for me, no it does not. I’ve been getting acupuncture since 2015. And I typically fall asleep during the treatments.
Four, different vitamins and minerals. What is the difference between vitamins & minerals? Simply put, vitamins can be broken down. Whereas minerals can hold on to their structure. Specific vitamins & minerals that help are fish oil, turmeric, resveratrol, vitamin c, RiboCeine and NAC. In addition, type 2 hyaluronic acid is highly effective in combatting pain. On the RiboCeine, NAC, and hyaluronic acid please contact me directly to get the most effective ways to get these. What comes from the grocery store is typically ineffective and a waste of money.
Five, heat therapy and cold therapy. Using this alternately can help reduce the pain you are experiencing. The key is to know what to use when. Right after an injury, put ice on it. If you use heat at this point will increase the blood flow to the injury and increase the swelling.
Six, meditation can help. When you get anxious it causes you to focus more on the problems, and when you meditate it brings your body to a place of peace and this helps stop the pain.
Seven, hypnotherapy. I have 4 very good friends who are active hypnotherapists. My friend, Sara Fogan, is one of them. Her website is Calminsense Hypnotherapy . I would encourage you to look at it. Hypnotherapy is a highly effective way to combat pain. And while it is something I am still learning about, I do know from research it is effective for many purposes, including pain managment.
Eight, aromatherapy. Massaging certain essential oils can trigger a calming response. Specific oils are rosemary, eucalyptus, and aloe vera can help.
Finally, cannabis. According to multiple resources, cannabis is an effective way to combat pain. I will be addressing this in detail in an upcoming series on this. But for today, I am going to just say that using cannabis is approved for medical use in 25 states. But not all cannabis is the same. Even though it may be labeled the same. I know that there is some controversary surrounding the use of this and the FDA does not support it.