Try a New Approach to a Pain Free Life
There are many different forms of pain, and they can range anywhere from mild to moderate to severe. Luckily, there are also many different approaches to pain management that you can consider when looking for relief:
- Medical Approach
- Physical Approach
- Psychological Approach
When it comes to medicine, there are over-the-counter and prescription options, homeopathic and natural remedies, and Western vs. Eastern Medicine. Some medicine may be a short-term fix and only mask the underlying cause of pain instead of healing it. All forms of medicine have positive and negative characteristics, and may not be for everyone.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, or physiatry, falls under the physical approach to pain management. This approach focuses on bringing a patient to an optimal level of functioning physically, whether it is through rehabilitation exercises, simple stretching, or more involved techniques such as acupuncture or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which is usually used for back pain.
The psychological approach is used when pain is controlled through "mindfulness-based cognitive therapy". Examples of this can be seen in biofeedback and hypnosis. When we can change the way we think about pain, and how it affects our body, we can learn how to manage it in a way that benefits the mind, body and soul.
Click on the links below to learn more about each aspect of a different approach. It's always best to talk with your doctor before integrating any of these techniques into your healthcare regimen.
- Pain management techniques
- Western vs. eastern medicine
- Homeopathic medicine
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