Our nation has a serious problem.
In an attempt to deal with chronic pain millions of Americans have become addicted to pain meds.
As a medical professional, I understand how people fall into these addictions. Chronic pain is often debilitating and can severely limit the quality of your life.
That’s why so many people end up getting hooked on powerful narcotics. They want to feel OK. So to accomplish this they turn to harmful and destructive pain-killers.
With addiction proving fatal in many instances, it’s important the medical community begins to look for alternative ways to treat pain.
Fortunately, a new study shows there are powerful (and natural methods) available to help treat chronic pain.
A new study conducted by the National Institute for Health (NIH) shows yoga, tai chi, acupuncture and other natural techniques are helpful at alleviating certain kinds of long-term pain.
In their study, the NIH reviewed the results of previous research studies to see how complementary exercises could help relieve pain.
MedicalNewsToday wrote about their findings.
“Citing 150 randomized, controlled U.S. clinical trials conducted over the past 50 years that looked at the effects of nondrug approaches on chronic pain.
Specifically, the researchers assessed the safety and efficacy of complementary health approaches for the treatment of five of the most common pain conditions: back pain, osteoarthritis, neck pain, fibromyalgia, and severe headaches and migraine.
A treatment was considered effective if it led to improvements in pain severity and pain-related disability and/or function that were statistically significant when compared with a control group.
The researchers found there was strong evidence to suggest that yoga and acupuncture are safe and effective for back pain, while acupuncture and tai chi might benefit people with pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee.”
Some of their other findings showed things like massage therapy are actually quite helpful at helping out with chronic pain.
The results indicated if you got a 1-hour massage anywhere from 2-3 times a week can help alleviate neck pain. Though this has to be repeated weekly.
For people who suffer from migraines, simple practices like deep-breathing, and other stress management techniques can help rid of serious headaches.
There was strong support for the claim chronic back pain could be alleviated through massage, spinal manipulation along with osteopathic manipulation.
People with fibromyalgia will also be encouraged to find exercises like tai chi and other physical, relaxation approaches might help reduce their levels of pain.
David Shurtleff, one of the authors of the study had this to say about the teams ‘findings.
“These data can equip providers and patients with the information they need to have informed conversations regarding nondrug approaches for the treatment of specific pain conditions.
It’s important that continued research explores how these approaches actually work and whether these findings apply broadly in diverse clinical settings and patient populations.”
Though more research will need to be conducted regarding the effectiveness of these treatments, it is promising to think people with chronic pain might have alternatives other than medication to treat their pain.