Guest Post – Alternative Medicine for Chronic Pain
Posted Aug 17 2011 12:00pm
Lately I’ve been diverging from the educational portion of this blog in order to share with you inspiration and “lead-by-example” stories from my life. But today, I’d like to get back on that track with a guest blog from freelance writer and wellness enthusiast, Jennifer Bell. Jennifer is the creator of the Heath Training Guide where she shares with you the benefits of pursuing a career in health! She shares with us today an article about the benefits of alternative medicine for those suffering from chronic pain.
Why Patients With Chronic Pain Should Consider Alternative Medicine
People suffer daily with chronic pain from different types of illnesses. Many resolve to trying out different kinds of drugs to find which one can give them instant and lasting relief without even considering the use of alternative medicine.
But it is not surprising that more individuals would take their medical issues into their own hands by learning more about their body signals, watching their nutritional intake, becoming more active in some type of physical exercise, and opting to use some other method of medication.
Granted, there are some health issues that are inherited, but most are derived from what we are exposing our bodies to, as in the case of chronic pain. Prescribed medication is not the only answer for resolving this type of condition. Although many people are taking medicine, they still have to suffer from some degree of pain. Then the question becomes why do they not consider alternative medicine? Some scenarios are discussed in the followings why they should consider it.
Across the board, alternative medicine is much cheaper to use. There are many ways to combat chronic pain that are more economical other than using prescribed medications which often does not fully get rid of the discomfort that comes with the condition. Some treatments can be found within the comforts of our home such as herbal teas, warm and cold compresses, and aroma therapy, most of which would not require us to spend a penny. While other treatments still need services from professionals, such as in acupuncture, it’s still much cheaper than regularly spending on prescribed drugs.
Less Side Affects
Alternative medicine offers lesser side affects. With the many ads that are now appearing on the news media about different conventional drugs for different ailments, along with it they mention about 10 or 15 other things that can go wrong from taking the medication. In addition, it is not surprising to find on a bottle of medicine a long list of side affects that sound worse than the condition itself. But it has not been proven that side affects can be incurred from using acupuncture, oils, aromatherapy, or herbal supplement for the relief of aliments such as arthritis that comes with chronic pain.
Types of Alternative Medicine
There are many types of alternative treatments for chronic pain including the following:
• Acupuncture. This treatment has been known to work wonders on ailments such as fibromyalgia, back injuries, and osteoarthritis.
• Exercise. Studies have shown that an exercise regimen can help relieve some chronic pain symptoms.
• Supplements and vitamins. There are certain types of dietary supplements such as fish oil or glucosamine that aid in the relief of chronic pain.
• Therapy. Therapy such as yoga, relaxation, music, or guided therapy, massages, and hypnosis are some therapies that are being use to curtail the condition.
Chronic pain can be associated with many illnesses and the choice of resolving or easing the uncomfortable symptoms that come with it is up to each individual. If you are a person who is afflicted with the issue of chronic pain, know that you have options and take advantage of them by considering alternative medicine.