Pain Therapy

Posted by on December 13, 2009 | No Comments

The type of pain therapy you choose has a lot to do with your history with the pain you’re experiencing, the location, the intensity, whether it’s chronic or acute, and whether it’s a sign that something else is going wrong. This article will discuss some of the more poplar types of pain therapy.

First and foremost when considering pain therapy is your collaboration with your family physician so that he/she can rule out any other conditions which may require other specific treatment. For example, if you have cancer, then most of the pain therapy methods mentioned in this article may help somewhat in reducing the pain, but you’ll still have to treat the underlying cause through possible surgery, chemotherapy, medications, and/or radiation. Pain in the chest may signal an impending heart attack, and pain therapy will not help, nor is it advisable-taking your mediation and getting to the hospital is. In these cases, reducing the pain through pain therapy isn’t your only concern.

*Acupuncture as pain therapy: It is a process of inserting tiny needles into specific points (the meridian line or “life energy”) in the body which relieves pain for therapeutic pain therapy purposes. It originated in China. The general agreement is that the procedure is safe. If you are using this pain therapy method, and you are experiencing relief, then it may be the right pain therapy method for you.

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*Massage Therapy as pain therapy: There are several different types of massage therapy and they all perform different functions. Swedish massage reduces emotional and physical stress. Neuromuscular massage restores balance of the autonomic nervous system. Lymphatic massage detoxifies the body and boosts the immune system. Shiatsu massage relieves blockages in the meridian pathways by massaging vital pressure points. Massage therapy is especially effective form of pain therapy if the cause of the pain is muscle tension due to stress, an accident or a poor posture.

*Reflexology as pain therapy: Certain points on parts of the body, often the feet, are manipulated and massaged. These points are said to be directly related to and affect corresponding internal organs. In order for this pain therapy to work you must tell the reflexologist exactly where the pain is, and she will massage the corresponding point.

*Chiropractor as pain therapy: This chiropractor will do a complete assessment of you and mark down all the areas of pain that you are experiencing. She/he will manipulate/massage and adjust your body so that the alignment is restored and all your organs are functioning properly again.

*Magnetic therapy as pain therapy: Magnetic therapy can be an effective form of pain therapy. Certain parts of the body are subjected to static magnetic fields improving blood flow, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing. For safety reasons, magnetic pain therapy should not be used by pregnant women or anyone with an implanted electro-medical device. It’s a relatively inexpensive and readily available form of pain therapy.

Pain therapy is very individual. It depends on your personal preference, tolerance, and how you’re experiencing the pain in order to determine which pain therapy is right for you.


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