The Holistic Approach to Pain Management
Millions of American adults are living with chronic pain, which refers to pain that occurs every day or most days for a minimum of six months. We know how debilitating it can be to live with chronic pain. If you feel that you aren’t getting the complete pain management you had been hoping for through traditional medicine, you may want to consider a more holistic approach.
Examining Your Pain
Before we can determine the best approach to managing your chronic pain, we first need to determine what’s causing it. Is it due to an injury that hasn’t properly been treated? Are you dealing with a disorder or a disease? Is it progressive? Is your pain caused by obesity? These are just some of the questions we need to ask. We also need to perform the appropriate tests to determine the root cause.
Of course, tackling chronic pain isn’t always easy. We understand that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to managing chronic pain, but we provide more holistic, integrative, and whole-body treatments so that your entire body functions better together. Inflammation is one of the root causes of pain because we see it in many of today’s chronic conditions and diseases, from diabetes and arthritis to heart disease and cancer. By targeting inflammation we can help you lead a fuller, richer and pain-free life.
Treating Your Pain
Once we determine the cause of your pain, our integrative medicine team will get to work crafting a treatment plan that helps target and alleviate your pain based on your specific needs. We will recommend a variety of lifestyle changes that focuses on your diet and ways to reduce inflammation. Many patients don’t realize just how inflammatory their diets are with preservative-filled meats, synthetic sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils. We can discuss what to cut out of your diet and what foods will promote a healthier body. Food is medicine, and one of the best ways to target pain is by giving the body the fuel and nourishment it needs.
Other holistic approaches include,
• Mindfulness and meditation
• Herbal remedies and supplements
• Chiropractic care
• Massage therapy
Many of these treatment options can be used in conjunction to help improve how the body feels and functions as a whole without the concerning side effects of prescription pain medications.