Common pain is considered to be the most common health ailment in the United States, with nearly 90 million Americans afflicted by chronic pain to some extent. Unlike acute pain, which is usually temporary and acts as a bodily signal that lets people know they have a health problem in need of their attention, chronic pain tends to be of a continual nature, often lasting six months or more, and of little use as a signal that something is wrong in the body.
Examples of chronic pain include pain that continues after an injury or wound has healed, and chronic cases of arthritic pain, back pain, and muscle ache. Frequent headaches and migraines, as well as certain types of lingering pain that affects the body’s neurological system, are other common examples of chronic pain.
The primary physical symptoms of chronic pain are lasting pain or soreness in any part of the body, chronic stiffness and muscle tension (especially in the back, neck, or shoulders), and/or recurring internal pain, such as headaches or gastrointestinal discomfort that do not go away.
Holistic Approach to Chronic Pain
While many conventional doctors often ignore the psychological factors related to chronic pain, focusing solely on physical pain symptoms, others chose to address a person’s mental and emotional issues first, with the expectation that doing so will resolve, or at least minimize, the associated physical pain. Holistic health practitioners, by contrast, emphasize a treatment protocol that addresses the physical and psychological aspects of chronic pain equally. Here are some important steps you can take based on this holistic approach:
- Seek to understand all of the various factors, both physical and mental/emotional, that can potentially be contributing to your pain. Pay attention to how your pain symptoms become triggered or are made worse. For example, if you suffer from back pain, do your symptoms flare up or worsen as a result of specific physical activities? And do you notice a worsening of your symptoms when you become anxious, angry, or find yourself feeling stressful? Learning to recognize your pain triggers can help you devise a plan of action that can help you minimize them or avoid them altogether.
- Realize that, regardless of how severe and debilitating your pain may be, you don’t have to be a victim. How you feel about your life situations is ultimately a choice that you make. Even though your pain may be great, if you make the effort, you will soon discover that you are still capable of finding moments of enjoyment, happiness, and gratitude throughout each day. Cultivate the habit of choosing to be happy and grateful on a regular basis.
- Be honest with yourself. Is your lifestyle contributing to your pain? If so, in what way and what are you doing to perpetuate such factors. Once you have identified the answers to these questions, take steps to improve your lifestyle accordingly.
- Are you using your pain to get something that you can attain in more appropriate ways? It’s unfortunately not uncommon for people with chronic pain to use their condition as a way to attract sympathy and caring attention from others, especially those whose attention they most value and desire. In other cases, people may use their pain as an excuse to take a break from their daily routines, including their jobs, especially if doing so provides them with the same benefits as daily routines that they do not enjoy. If you fall into these types of categories, consider more appropriate ways by which you can get your needs met and start to implement them.
- Refuse to be a victim. No matter how debilitated your pain may leave you, there are still other areas in your life over which you have control. Exert it and focus as much as possible on activities that leave you feeling empowered. This includes cultivating feelings of cheerfulness, optimism, and good humor.
- Beware of pain medications. Even though pharmaceutical drugs are usually the first, and in many cases the only, resort for treating pain, all such drugs, including aspirin, which kills thousands of Americans each and every year when taken according to its label direction, can cause serious side effects. In addition, many pain medications can also be addictive. Rather than resort to using them, seek out a health care practitioner who is knowledgeable in safe, natural and effective approaches for treating pain.
Chronic pain is caused by prolonged irritation of nerve endings in the body that act as pain signals. These nerve endings can be irritated or stimulated by injury, inappropriately applied pressure, exposure to excess cold or heat, stress, and wounds. Certain diseases, including some forms of cancer, can also result in chronic pain. Unresolved emotional or mental issues can also cause chronic pain due to the stress associated with them, as can how people perceive their experiences due to the filters of their ethnic and socio-cultural backgrounds. Our early behavioral and learning patterns can also influence how we perceive and respond to pain. In addition, pain medications, as well as other forms of pharmaceutical drugs, can also cause pain due to negative side effects.
Many pain experts, such as Dr. David Bresler, Ph.D., former director of the UCLA Medical School’s Pain Control Unit, point out that the experience of pain is often one that is more subjective than objective, meaning that the same external initiation of pain can affect people differently. According to experts such as Dr. Bresler, even if there is no physical explanation for the pain a person feels, to that person the pain is still very much real. Moreover, while some people with chronic pain are able to take their pain in stride and not allow it to significantly interfere with their lives, other people, with the same degree of pain, are unable to cope as well. Such people often become despondent and depressed, feeling that they are helpless to do anything about their condition. In many cases, these are actually beliefs on such peoples’ parts, not objective reality. Even so, the subjective responses that a person has to chronic pain should not be ignored, and, if possible, care should be taken to change them to something more positive and empowering because of how such feelings of depression or despondency can exacerbate chronic pain by triggering physical responses such as unhealthy heart rate, high blood pressure, muscle tension, and/or respiratory problems. Left unchecked, these conditions can add further stress and tension on the body’s musculoskeletal system. As this happen, the sensations of chronic pain can worsen, setting the stage for even more anxiety and emotional problems, which in turn can lead to even greater levels of pain, thus perpetuating a vicious cycle.
Food allergies, inflammation, and a diet that creates an internal acidic pH condition, are also common and significant factors that can cause or contribute to chronic pain.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Bio Tape to relieve the pain www.biotape.net
- Invest in a Magnetico sleep pad – good for chronic pain
Many pain symptoms are often due to or exacerbated by stored toxins in the body that originate from our environment and/or the foods we eat. Another common source of toxins are dental amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury, a highly toxic substance. Over time, mercury vapors escape from the fillings to be swallowed and stored into body tissues and organs. As toxins build up in the body, eventually the body’s detoxification mechanisms are unable to properly handle them. The end result is that the toxins can become lodged in the body’s tissues and organs, causing them to function improperly, to the point where pain develops.
Due to our toxic environment, holistic practitioners will often recommend that people suffering from chronic pain be tested for toxins. If they are present, a proper course of detoxification therapy is developed by the health practitioner. Common self-care methods of detoxification include a change of diet, colon cleanses (see Cleansing and Detoxification for more information), juice fasts, dry and far-infrared saunas, and enemas. Alternative professional care approaches include chelation therapy, colonics, environmental medicine, and orthomolecular medicine.
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
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- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures. We suggest several at-home hyperthermia treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these sweat-inducing procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy and hyperthermia treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.
Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. Almost all pain is caused by dehydration so you have to hydrate by drinking alkalised water with a pinch of salt* – 6-8oz, six or seven glasses a day. www.realwater.com
Diet and nutrition are both essential aspects of a treatment plan for chronic pain, just as they are for all other disease conditions. One of the primary causes of chronic pain, as well a major contributor to many of chronic disease conditions, is inflammation. Inflammation can be caused by a diet that is too acidic, creating an acid pH state that is an ideal breeding ground for the various microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, etc) that can affect our health. It is also often caused by allergic reactions to the foods we eat.
- Eat plenty of organic, plant-based foods, especially dark, leafy green vegetables that help create an alkaline (non-acidic) state in the body.
- Eliminate sodas, coffee, milk, and alcohol and drinking plenty of pure, filtered water
- Avoid all sugar and simple carbohydrate foods (white bread, pasta, etc.), eating complex, nonallergenic foods instead.
- Avoid foods that are high in unhealthy saturated fats. These include dairy products, red meat, hydrogenated oils, and shellfish, as well as margarine and shortenings. Commercial fruit juices should also be avoided, due to their high sugar content.The bulk of your diet should emphasize organic, raw and lightly steamed vegetables. Sprouted seeds and nuts are also highly recommended, as are most fruits (eaten away from other foods), almonds, dates and walnuts.
- Include organic, free-range poultry and cold-water fish that are not farm raised.In addition, you will need to determine if you have any food allergies or sensitivities, which many people do, and which are often undiagnosed or “hidden.” Common allergy-causing foods include:
- Dairy products
Saying that, any food or food substance can potentially cause an allergic reaction. Should it be determined that you are allergic to certain foods, you will need to eliminate them from your diet for at least three months, in order to give your body the opportunity to detoxify and replenish itself.
After this three-month period, you can reintroduce some of the foods to which you were allergic one at a time. If they cause no further reaction, you can begin to include them in your diet again, eating them no more than once every four to seven days. (As a good rule of thumb, no food should be eaten any more often than every four days. This is known as a rotation diet and can significantly minimize your risk of developing food allergies.)
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day http:/// for periods of up to four weeks
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Zamu juice www.amazonherb.net
Nutritional Supplements: In addition to the above dietary measures, the following nutritional supplements are also recommended: vitamin C, vitamin E, evening primrose oil, omega-3 fish oils, and the amino acid DL-phenylalanine, all of which can provide your body with and improved pain-fighting capacity, and all of which have been shown to reduce and prevent inflammation. Acidophilus, bifidobacteria, digestive and proteolytic enzymes, as well as rice-based protein powders are also helpful. Raw organic whey protein, though difficult to locate is available and can be used as an option to rice-based protein powder.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Practise Dr Callahan Techniques rogercallahan.com/cmd.php?clk=4187387
- Try Alphabiotics www.alphabiotics.biz
We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner but a well-know ayurvedic remedy is boswelia which has anti-inflammatory properties. It is good for arthritis and osteoarthritis as it increases joint mobility. Oil massages are beneficial, using sesame or olive oil. For swollen joints, massaging with castor oil helps pull toxins out of the body. Breathing exercises to relieve the stiffness of the joints and to increase oxygenation are also important. For osteoarthritis patients, a regimen of breathing patterns, flexing of the joints of the hands, feet, and elbows, and yoga positions can improve symptoms. After exercising, professionals suggest a soak in hot water enhanced with baking soda or salt, ginger, peppermint, and eucalyptus. For many patients, Ayurvedic treatment can turn their condition around in three to four months.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner but the medicines you may wish to discuss could include:
Dipsacus (xu duan) – Dipsacus is traditionally used for painful lower back, stiffness, and weakness in the lower body due to deficient kidneys. Dipsacus also increases blood circulation and reduces pain; it can be used topically and internally. It is often combined with eucommia (du zhong), which is traditionally used to treat backache. Laboratory experiments have shown eucommia to have an anti-inflammatory effect. In a study conducted at Chongqing Hospital, a pill made of eucommia and psoralea was administered to 40 patients with low back pain, fatigue and weakness of the extremities. Symptomatic improvement was seen in most cases.
Other herbs to consider are psoralea and cibotium. Psoralea (bu gu zhi) tonifies the kidneys and treats painful and cold lower back, while cibotium (gou ji) is traditionally used for weakness in the low back and extremities. For lower back pain blood circulating herbs such as myrrh (mo yao) are recommended. Today it is employed in clinics in the U.S. and China to treat pain associated with trauma.
Achyranthes (niu xi) is said to strengthen the sinews and lower back. It belongs to the invigorate blood section of the materia medica. Laboratory experiments have shown it to have analgesic effects. Sichuan achyranthes (chuan niu xi) is considered stronger than the standard variety for relieving low back pain.
Carthamus (hong hua), also known as safflower, is a bright red flower used topically as well as internally for traumatic injury. In a study of 775 cases sprain, bleeding and swelling were reduced in almost all cases of those applying carthamus tincture. It is also commonly administered in tea and tablet form.
Acathopanax (wu jian pi), a relative of the widely used eleuthero ginseng, is traditionally used to strengthen the sinews and bones. Experienced herbalists will often add herbs to enrich the blood such as rehmannia (shu di huang) and tang kuei (dang gui).
Many of these herbs may be combined into a formula to treat low back pain and weakness of the back and knees due to kidney yang deficiency. It is not indicated for acute sprain or strain, or for those with digestive weakness. For acute injury, formulas based on the ancient formula qi li sancan be applied. For patients who have frequent sprains and strains, the low back pain formula mentioned above can be employed after short-term administration of the qi li san-derived formulas.
For low back and weak digestion, a formula of clematis (wei ling xian), ginseng (ren shen), siler (fang feng), saussurea (mu xiang), ho-shou-wu (he shou wu), rehmannia (shu di huang), lindera (wu yao), chiang-huo (qiang huo), tang-kuei (dang gui), gastrodia (tian ma), cinnamon bark (rou gui), aquilaria (chen xiang), frankincense (ru xiang), coptis (huang lian), blue citrus (qing pi), cloves (ding xiang), gentiana (qin jiao), achyranthes (niu xi), loranthus (sang ji sheng), borneol (bing pian) and asarum (xi xin), which has a larger percentage of blood circulating ingredients I often prescribed.
For sciatica loy shu jing huo xue tanga formula is used. This consists of red peony (chi shao), tang kuei (dang gui), ligusticum (chuan xiong), rehmannia (shu di huang), persica (tao ren), atractylodes (bai zhu), poria (fu ling), siler (fang feng), citrus (chen pi), stephania (fang ji), gentiana (qin jiao), achyranthes (niu xi), chinaghuo (qiang huo), clematis (wei ling xian), ginger (gan jiang), angelica (bai zhi) and licorice (gan cao).
Acupuncture has long been used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine as an effective approach for treating chronic pain. Recently, Western researchers have discovered that acupuncture provides pain-relief in two ways. First, acupuncture causes the brain to release increased levels of endorphins and enkepalins, which act as the body’s own natural pain killers. Elevated endorphin levels have also been found to be associated with feelings of greater happiness and relaxation, which are very important to anyone suffering with pain. In addition, acupuncture is capable of actually blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. This means that normal pain triggers are not perceived by persons who receive acupuncture treatments to the same extent, if at all, resulting in a significant lessening of pain symptoms. Researchers have discovered that acupuncture accomplishes this because the nerve reactions that are stimulated by acupuncture needles (as well as acupuncture massage) are able to reach the brain faster than pain signals can, thereby closing to door to them.
Although hundreds of studies around the world have demonstrated acupuncture’s effectiveness for treating pain for many decades, it was not until 1997 that the National Institutes for Health (NIH) finally endorsed acupuncture as a useful pain treatment. Among the areas that the NIH now recommends acupuncture for are carpal tunnel pain, dental pain, nausea caused by chemotherapy, pain that results from surgical operations, and tennis elbow.
Research shows that acupuncture is also highly effective for treating arthritis, bursitis, and other inflammatory conditions, as well as headache, migraine, and muscle and skeletal pain. It has also been shown to effectively relieve conditions of anxiety and depression caused by chronic pain, and it can also help people who are addicted to painkillers to end their dependency upon them.
For cases of muscular fatigue associated with chronic pain, the essential oils clary sage, lavender, marjoram, and rosemary can all be helpful. The essential oils of black pepper, birch, and ginger are also useful for soothing temporary flare-ups of pain.
Useful homeopathic remedies for helping to ease pain symptoms include Arnica, Belladonna, and Rhus. Tox. Calendual lotion applied topically over painful areas of the body can also be helpful.
The following are beneficial:
Turmeric – Warming and antioxidant properties, also anti-inflammatory. This helps the body eliminate compounds that aggravate pain.
Ginger – Acts as a circulation-enhancer and can aid arthritis pain.
Holy Basil , Green tea and Rosemary – these are all anti-inflammatory herbs which can be incorporated into the diet regularly. Holy basil has the added effect of promote calm because of its anti-stress properties.
Valerian – This can promote deep and restful sleep while also relaxing tense muscles and relieving pain.
California Poppy – This contains mild, pain-relieving and relaxing opiates but it is safe for all ages and is no-addictive.
Wood Betony – This is a sedating and muscle-relaxing herb with anti-spasmodic qualities. It can relieve headaches and muscle pains, as well as improve mood and relieve anxiety.
Jamaican Dogwood – Good for relaxing muscles – but it is strong and best used in small doses.
Passionflower – Can aid restful sleep.
Feverfew – Can help prevent and relieve migraines
Chiropractic is an excellent therapy for relieving and, in many cases, eliminating pain caused by tension in the musculoskeletal system. The reasons for chiropractic’s success in this area are five-fold:
- Chiropractic is able to release pressure on the nerves, including pinched nerves;
- It also helps to ease compression in the joints;
- As a result of a chiropractic adjustment, muscles are stretched and restored to their proper length, and tension and muscle spasms caused by constricted trigger points are released;
- Chiropractic adjustments result in greater elasticity and stability in body tissues and ligaments, making it an ideal treatment for injuries to these areas of the body; and
- As the chiropractic adjustments take hold, they help to reduce or eliminate referred pain to and from the spine and central nervous system and the corresponding internal organs.
Chiropractors also typically assess the various aspects of a patient’s lifestyle, environment, and mental/emotion factors that can be contributing to his or her pain, providing guidance and self-care exercises that can help correct such influences. Many chiropractors are also skilled nutritionists and will work with patients to determine whether dietary or nutritional deficiencies are contributing to their problems. Hobbies, work habits, relationship issues, and other issues, such as environmental illness, may also be examined.
According to chiropractic theory, many times pain in the body is due to misalignments in the spine, called subluxations by chiropractors. Subluxation causes pressure on the nerves that run along the length of the brain stem and spinal cord to influence all of the body’s other systems. When subluxation is present, the messages and impulses from the pain to the body’s internal organs can become compromised, resulting in diminished nerve and organ function. In addition, subluxation can cause joints and ligaments to also become misaligned, resulting in tense and tightened muscles that become more sensitive and susceptible to pain, as well as muscles that are in chronic state of spasm.
Bodywork and Massage: Massage and other forms of bodywork can be extremely effective therapies for easing chronic pain. These types of therapies help relieve chronic muscle tension, which is usually a component of chronic pain. When muscles are chronically tense, the body’s ability to eliminate biochemical waste by-products in the muscles and surrounding tissues becomes compromised, adding to the burden of chronic pain. In addition, tense muscles can cause poor circulation, leading to increased levels of pain in the nerves and musculature that can eventually move into other parts of the body. In many cases, the pain located in one area of the body may actually be due to tension and accumulated biochemical wastes in other “trigger point” areas of the body. For example, chronic pain in the wrists can often be due to habitual tension and muscle stress in and around the shoulder and neck areas of the body.
Massage and bodywork help to stimulate the elimination of waste buildup around the muscles and also help to improve overall circulation. Bodyworkers and massage therapists are also skilled at locating stressed trigger points. By massaging these points, they can help restore muscle balance, in the process lengthening muscles that were shortened due to tension, and helping the body to regain its overall symmetry. This, in turn, helps all of the body’s systems to function more properly, while at the same time promoting relaxation in the musculoskeletal system, as well as in the nervous system, which plays an important role in how the body perceives and responds to pain.
Bowen Therapy: Bowen Therapy was developed in the 1950s by Thomas Bowen, a lay healer from Australia who possessed a keen knowledge of human structure and nerve function and their relationship to health. Unlike other forms of structural bodywork, Bowen therapy is extremely gentle and non-invasive. The treatment involves a series of moves consisting of pulling the skin away from an underlying muscle or tendon, applying pressure against its side and the holding and releasing it while allowing the underlying structure to spring back to its normal position. It has proven particularly beneficial for chronic pain conditions.
Biofeedback Therapy: Biofeedback enables people to become more conscious of the how and when they respond to stress. In the process, people who undergo biofeedback therapy can become better able to control their physiological responses, resulting in greater feelings of relaxation and reduced overall tension. Biofeedback instruments are electronic devices that monitor a person’s body temperature, pulse rate, and overall levels of muscle tension. Some devices are also capable of monitoring brain waves patterns, as well. Often we are not consciously aware of how we are storing stress and tension in our bodies. Biofeedback helps people to become aware of these processes and, in doing so, also empowers people to gain better voluntary control over them, making greater levels of relaxation possible. Eventually, with practice, persons who receive biofeedback no longer require the devices to be aware of their physiological responses. Instead, they become able to recognize them on their own and, using their own minds, they are able to regulate and change them at will. Research has shown that this ability, once learned through biofeedback therapy, can dramatically alleviate numerous pain conditions.
Energy medicine involves harnessing or stimulating the body to heal by interacting with the bioenergy field that surrounds all living matter. Energy medicine has two basic categories: energetic therapies that are similar to the Biblical concept of “laying on of hands,” such as Reiki, Healing Touch, and Therapeutic Touch, all of which can significantly improve pain symptoms, and which can be taught to patients as a form of self-care, as well as being provided by professional energy healers.
A number of energy devices that emit energetic frequencies capable of stimulating healing and pain relief can also be very useful for chronic pain conditions. One of the most well-known of these devices is the TENS Unit, which stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and was developed by pioneering holistic physician and researcher C. Norman Shealy. The TENS Unit is a small, portable device that transmits varying electrical frequencies to areas of pain via electrodes that are attached to the body. Not only do TENS Units help to alleviate pain, they are also capable of blocking pain signals and may also stimulate endorphin production, enhancing feelings of overall well-being. In addition, TENS Units can be used as a form of self-care by patients once they are taught how to use them, making them especially convenient. Among the pain conditions for which research shows the TENS Unit to be effective are neuromuscular pain, pain following surgery, and various injuries, including sports injuries.
Two other useful energy devices for treating pain are the Electro-AcuscopeTM and the Light Beam Generator. The Electro-Acuscope, like the TENS Unit, uses electrical current, but at a lower voltage rate. In addition, it focuses on repairing damaged tissues instead of treating the nerves. As the device is used, the current is continually adjusted so that it matches the level of resistance within the areas of tissue damage. This stimulates a healing response within those areas that tends to be long-lasting. Among the painful conditions that the Electro-Acuscope has been shown to help are arthritic pain, bursitis, bruises, back sprains, musculoskeletal disorders, and neuralgia. It is also very helpful in alleviating pain caused by injury, including sports injuries.
The Light Beam Generator, or LBG, employs low-current, cold gas photons that transmit and transfer various energy frequencies to the cells of the lymphatic system in areas of underlying pain. In addition to being an important part of the immune system, the lymphatic system also serves as the body’s filtration system and plays a vital role in eliminating cellular wastes. When the lymphatic system becomes clogged, these wastes and their by-products are not properly eliminated, and can cause tissue swelling as well as blockages in circulation that prevent oxygen and nutrients from getting to the cells.
The energy frequencies emitted by the LBG positively impact the electromagnetic field of cells and tissues over which it is placed. This, in turn, rebalances their electrical charge, enabling the cells to rapidly rid themselves of accumulated waste products and cellular debris. In the process, not only does this improved the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells, it also helps to reduce swelling, including edema. The LBG is useful for treating many types of chronic pain conditions, and is especially effective for treating pain in areas of soft tissue and pain caused by congested tissues resulting from injury. Other conditions for which it can be effective include arthritis, burns, bursitis, fibromyalgia, lupus, scarring, and sciatica.
Energy medicine can also be used to detect hidden causes of pain. Thermography is one such diagnostic approach. It is both safe and highly accurate, and involves the detection of infrared heat emitted from various areas in the body. Infrared heat is emitted as a natural byproduct of cellular metabolism. However, cells and tissues associated with pain usually emit greater levels of infrared heat compared to healthy, normal cells. Thermography devices are able to detect these differences in infrared heat emission, helping to pinpoint problem areas in the body that might otherwise go undetected.
Other energy devices, such as the Ondamed and Photon Stimulator, can also be helpful in dealing with chronic pain. The Ondamed is also capable of detecting hidden factors that might be contributing to your pain.
Guided Imagery and Visualization:
Guided imagery and visualization involve the focused control of the imagination to stimulate healing. One of the fastest growing areas in the field of mind/body medicine, guided imagery and visualization not only empower patients to can more control over their pain symptoms, they can oftentimes also enable them to discover underlying mental and emotional issues associated with their pain that need to be resolved. Here is a simple and effective visualization exercise you can use to help manage your own pain:
Close your eyes as you seat your self in a comfortable chair (you can also perform this exercise lying down). Take a few, deep, relaxing breaths, removing your awareness from all external stimuli. To help you relax, focus on observing your breath as you inhale and exhale. Now imagine your pain appearing before you in your mind’s eye. Allow yourself to see it as it feels to you–for example, as a burning fire. Instead of feeling anxious, know that you are in control of this scene and call upon your innate healing abilities to heal your pain. Using the same example, imagine a downpour of cool, soothing water as it extinguishes the painful flames. As the flames are doused, feel how the pain you felt also lessens. With practice, simply recalling this exercise can help to provide immediate relief of your pain.
Another common guided imagery approach to managing pain is to imagine yourself having a dialogue with it. To perform this exercise, again close your eyes and get relaxed. Then imagine your pain standing before you, letting it take any form that seems most appropriate. Instead of fearing or resenting it, start to engage in a dialogue with it, mentally asking it what it is trying to tell you. Through such dialogues, many patients who have practiced this exercise have been surprised to discover the answers they needed to heal.
A variation of this exercise is recommended by noted mind/body expert Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He advises patients with pain to simply observe their pain symptoms as they arise as a form of meditation. Doing so, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn, allows patients to become detached from their pain symptoms and helps them experience their pain differently and less painfully.
Flower remedies are excellent for coping with the emotional issues associated with chronic pain, such as anxiety, depression, despair, anger, and hopelessness. Rescue RemedyTM is an all-purpose remedy that can be used to help cope with any type of disease condition. Useful remedies include:
Lilac (back pain, feeling burdened and hunched over.)
Blue vervain (good for neck, back and head pain.)
Dandelion (good for back pain.)
Lavender (good for nervous tension.)
Comfrey (good for deep healing after injury.)
Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy, which is endorsed by the American Medical Association as a pain treatment, works by helping patients marshall their inner resources for healing. It also can help patients tap into deeper, previously unconscious reasons and solutions for their pain.
One useful hypnosis technique is called symptom substitution. During hypnosis, as the patient focuses on his or her pain symptoms, the hypnotherapist will often suggest that, instead of the normal experience associated with the patient’s symptoms, the patient change the sensation to one of warmth or something equally soothing. In this way, patients discover that they have far more control over their pain than they might have imagined.
Hypnotherapy is also very effective for resolving the anxiety and fears that can often bother patients with chronic pain, as well as helping them to uncover and resolve past traumas that might also be associated with their symptoms. Among the pain conditions for which hypnotherapy has been shown to be useful are abdominal pain, back pain, pain from burns, pain from headaches and migraines, and joint pain.
Magnet therapy has been employed by natural healers for many centuries as a means of reducing and healing pain symptoms. According to William H. Philpott, MD, one of the world’s leading experts in magnet therapy, this type of natural cure has many uses as a pain-relieving therapy. Dr. Philpott recommends that the negative field produced by magnets and magnetic devices be used to treat pain because of its ability to quickly and effectively resolve the metabolic dysfunctions that can cause pain. Contrary to popular belief, magnet therapy is not a painkiller in the direct sense. Rather, it normalizes disruptive metabolic processes, which, as they return to normal, cause pain symptoms to be reduced or eliminated.
Magnet therapy can also flood swollen cells and tissues with oxygen, as well as shifting acidic pH levels to a healthier alkaline state. In addition, it can also coax the body into producing more melatonin and growth hormone, both of which help to stimulate the body’s healing and reparative mechanisms.
Neural therapy was developed in Germany in 1985. It involves the use of a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine or procaine, which is injected into the body in order to clear out interference in the body’s bioelectrical system. In doing so, neural therapy can help to eliminate energy blockages, alleviate chronic pain symptoms, and even reverse injuries.
According to German researchers, at least 40 percent of all chronic pain symptoms, as well as of all disease, are directly due to blockages or interferences in the body’s bioelectrical network. These disturbances create what are known as interference fields. By injecting local anesthetics into acupuncture points, as well as glands, scars, muscle tissue, and bundles of nerves located along the autonomous nervous system, practitioners of neural therapy are able to remove such interference fields. In the process, cells and tissues recover their proper bioelectric capacities, as well as becoming better able to get rid of stored, congested cellular toxins and wastes. In short, the cells and tissues return to normal function, speeding healing and significantly reducing or eliminating pain. Neural therapy is particularly effective for treating conditions of pain that affect the nervous system.
Creams and oils that contain arnica, wintergreen (methyl salicylate) and peppermint can be very helpful when applied to relieve muscle pain.
Cayenne – or capsaicin which is extracted from cayenne, is best known for its ability to relieve arthritis (especially rheumatoid), shingle and injuries. Used as a salve it can increase circulation and decrease inflammation.
Kratom – this herb from the coffee family has received much press for its ability to ease chronic pain. We advise you consult a licensed practitioner before taking it.
Alternative Professional Care
The following therapies can also be useful for treating chronic pain: Acupressure, Applied Kinesiology, Craniosacral Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Mind/Body Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy), Prolotherapy, Qigong, Reflexology, Rolfing, Tai Chi, Trager Work, and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Beat chronic back pain naturally: www.naturalnews.com/036030_back_pain_muscles_remedies.html
5 Tips for Natural Relief from Pain: blog.seattlepi.com/naturalmedicine/2012/06/25/5-tips-for-natural-relief-from-osteoarthritis-pain/
Kratom as a source natural pain relief – testimonials: www.kratomassociation.org/kratom-testimonials/136-kratom-to-battle-my-chronic-pain
Ayurvedic home remedies for chronic knee pain: www.youtube.com/watch?v=16-5oxEbRqk
Ayurvedic home remedies for chronic back pain: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WaTSaKOYtY
Ayurvedic home remedies for rheumatoid arthritis: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ravKEdhltE
Osteoarthritis – home remedies: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLjcLQWnpd0
Home remedies for sciatic pain: www.ehow.com/video_6925136_home-remedies-sciatic-nerve-pain.html
Natural remedies for chronic pain: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGdL-CoYAuY
Chronic pain in women linked to low levels of Vitamin D: www.naturalnews.com/025886_pain_chronic_women.html
Natural remedies better than conventional meds for treating chronic pain: www.naturalnews.com/037376_curcumin_boswellia_chronic_pain.html
Marijuana better than pharmaceuticals for treating chronic pain: www.naturalnews.com/029662_marijuana_chronic_pain.html
Kratom for chronic pain: www.naturalnews.com/035480_kratom_pain_relief_herb.html
Further Information (links and books)
Reversing Chronic Pain: A 10-Point All-Natural Plan for Lasting Relief by Maggie Phillips; Foods That Fight Pain: Revolutionary New Strategies for Maximum Pain Relief by Neal D. Barnard ; The Chronic Pain Solution: Your Personal Path to Pain Relief by James N. Dillard and Leigh Ann Hirschman; The Miracle of MSM:The Natural Solution for Pain by Stanley W. Jacob M
Magnetic mattress pads
www.magneticosleep.com (800) 265-1119
Pain Elimination Tool, Pain Eraser
Best Hot/Cold Pac, Fomentek
www.fomentek.com (800) 562-4328
Deep Tissue Bodywork, Rolf Institute
www.rolf.org (800) 530-8875
Chiropractic Treatment, American Chiropractic Association
www.acatoday.org (703) 276-8800
CranioSacral Therapy, Upledger Institute
www.upledger.com (800) 233-5880
Bowen Therapy, Bowen Directory
www.inversion-table-direct.com (866) 594-6890
Darrell Stoddard’s Biotape
Strong Bones, Strength Builder, Frame builder
www.dragonherbs.com (888) 558-6642
Jennifer Stone firstname.lastname@example.org – women’s issues, chronic pain, cancer.
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.