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Posted on 08-04-2014
Approximately 72 million Americans have been affected by chronic pain, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Pain may arise from a number of sources, including arthritis, complications of diabetes, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis. Although conventional medical doctors often promote prescription painkillers, there are several benefits to natural pain management.
One of the primary worries of individuals prescribed medications such as Oxycontin or Vicodin is that they may be addictive. In fact, addiction to prescription medications continues to rise, causing disability and medical side effects. Natural pain relief methods are non-addictive and safe, giving them an advantage over many prescription drugs.
When you take an aspirin to relieve pain, you’re not actually getting rid of the pain itself. Rather, you’re tricking your brain into ignoring the pain signals it receives. Although this can be a helpful strategy in the short term, long term use of medications simply masks pain without attacking its root causes. As a top chiropractor in Portland, Dr. Samantha Stuart identifies and treats the problem at its source. This might include massage therapy, physical therapy, the Thompson Technique, or diversified adjusting. Focusing on long term health and wellness gives natural pain management an advantage over conventional approaches.
In many cases, what may seem like a focal source of pain -- for example, a low back ache -- may be indicative of a larger problem. A natural pain management approach focuses on the whole body and mind. For example, pain may arise when the spine is misaligned, compressing nerves. Dr. Stuart provides holistic interventions, including chiropractic alignment, special exercises to prevent nerve compression, and advice on improving posture to mitigate the problem.
Most of our patients respond very well to natural pain management interventions. In fact, many of our patients tell us that they suffered for years, trying to find treatments that worked, before embracing a natural approach to pain relief.
What natural techniques do you find helpful to manage chronic pain?
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