Pain is a highly subjective experience that can be felt physically, emotionally, spiritually, and even existentially. Some pain lasts for short periods of time, while other forms of pain can last for years. How we respond to pain is significant, as it can and does inform the ways we treat it.
There was a time not all that long ago when the pain was considered something to just deal with. People looking for pain relief were considered drug seekers or weak. There will always be people who do whatever it takes to get pain medication, but they are not in the majority. Most people who feel pain do not want to and appropriately seek the relief they rightfully deserve.
As an issue that affects people worldwide, and particularly in the midst of an opioid crisis of dramatic proportions, alternative ways in which to safely and effectively manage pain have earned their place in the world of pain management.
In order to determine how to treat pain, one must understand what is causing it and where it has manifest. Pain can indicate that there is an underlying condition that needs to be addressed, as well as being indicative of your pain threshold. Whatever your pain signifies, it is vital that your pain management practitioner treats you as a whole person. That may sound odd, but there are clinicians who see only the symptoms they are treating and not the person experiencing them. In order to address this, patients are encouraged to seek holistic, inclusive care that focuses on the mind as well as the body.
There are a number of pain medications on the market, in addition to the opioids that are both effective and incredibly addictive. Amongst the other forms of medicinal treatment, consider the following.
Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s)
By reducing inflammation and fever as well as preventing blood clots, NSAID’s are amongst the most prescribed pain relievers.
Used to treat mild forms of pain, acetaminophen is also used to treat fevers, and aches and pains related to arthritis.
Though seemingly used “off-label,” antidepressants are effective in the treatment of neuropathic pain, as well as gastrointestinal distress, and the physical symptoms connected to depression and anxiety.
Acupuncture for Pain Management
As a non-medicinal treatment method, acupuncture is not only noninvasive but does pose no risks of metabolic side effects. Through the use of specially designed acupuncture needles placed in designated points, or meridians, along with the body, pain, whether physical or emotional, can be alleviated. The needles used, such as those used in acupuncture for pain management in Miami, stimulate the neurotransmitters in the brain that release cortisol, endorphins, and pain blockers. Cortisol acts as an anti-inflammatory, while endorphins minimize our response to painful stimuli. Acupuncture also activates the natural opioid receptors in the brain, thereby encouraging a cascade of pain-relieving substances to flow throughout the body.
Acupuncture is a very versatile method of pain management. Patients experiencing emotional trauma, such as grief or depression, can have their chi unblocked by the placement of acupuncture needles in meridians that coordinate with each condition. Similarly, one’s chi can be unblocked in order to alleviate shoulder pain, just as easily as pain related to osteoarthritis.
Though many people think of acupuncture as a new method of treatment, it is several millennia old, has been used by cultures across the world, and requires only that patients accept the treatment provided them, as well as the opportunity to heal.