08 Oct Natural Pain Alleviation
Living with chronic pain is no easy journey. And with the prospect of just masking the pain with a life-long prescription to analgesics, living with a serious injury can be a challenging diagnosis to accept, let alone manage. There are, however, alternative therapies that specialise in just this; the body and musculoskeletal pain.
Acupuncture has a rich history of use as an alternative treatment for pain management. The acupoints utilised can help to release endorphins, which are innate analgesics that reduce the perception of pain. Furthermore, using moxibustion on specific areas can enhance this effect. By easing muscular tension, mobilising joints and correcting vertebrae to free blood supply & nerve impulses, the vital organs are best able to respond to the acupuncture stimulation, bringing the whole system back to health.
Osteopathy is a wholistic based integrative medicine. The core concept of unity that underflows osteopathy is what makes it so brilliant and effective. An Osteopath sees the imbalances at the core, and gently yet powerfully stimulates the body back into alignment with itself, enabling it to feel supported enough to fix itself. Its primary focus is how the neuro-musculoskeletal system is interplaying with other body systems. Muscles are pretty foundational aspect of a body, and so are nerves. Finally, an osteopath will combine the techniques of soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, dry needling, lifestyle & exercise advice and rehabilitation to aid in your specific ailment, being an effective and sustainable option for pain management, injury recovery and relief.
Remedial massage can help with pain on so many levels. First of all there’s the physical manipulation of inflamed muscles, tendons and joints. With massage one can target specific areas of radiating pain, applying the right combination of pressure and technique to each area. And let’s not forget how helpful massage is in reducing stress. Massage has been shown to boost serotonin & dopamine levels, neurotransmitters aiding in well-being and feelings of awesome! The level of intensity or tolerability of one’s perception of pain is undoubtedly affected by their mental state. Due to this, massage can help you to relax into your body, and for someone living with chronic pain, that’s not an easy thing to do. Once we can relax into our bodies, a deeply restorative and nourishing sleep is bound to come. Lack of quality sleep is a huge player in the pain game.
Pain is a message from the body telling us to listen
To manage and even alleviate your pain, you will need to see a Complimentary Health Practitioner a few times. There may be fast results, but to sustain them over the long term the body requires repetition to retrain it out of its old habits and into health and wellbeing. Or wealth as we like to call it.
Maple St. Acupuncture & Natural Medicine has highly qualified, professional, compassionate and experienced practitioners that offer Acupuncture, Osteopathy and Massage throughout the week.