By: Dr. Vishaala Singh, ND
Pain is something we all experience from time to time, but those who experience chronic pain know just how debilitating it can be. Recent studies show that 1 in 5 people experience chronic pain that negatively affects their quality of life.
The unfortunately reality for those experiencing chronic pain is that there are limited treatment options – most of which include prescription narcotics, antidepressants or nerve blockers. These treatments are associated with many possible negative side effects, leaving many searching for alternative therapies.
Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people turn to naturopathic medicine because a naturopathic doctor has the tools to both safely and effectively reduce pain, while focusing on long-term prevention and maintenance.
Naturopathic doctors are trained to develop personalized pain management treatment plans, taking into account each individual’s lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity, life stressors, and previous injuries.
Here are 5 proven ways naturopathic medicine can provide effective pain management:
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles (as thin as a hair strand) through your skin at strategic points on your body.
It effectively treats pain by:
- Increasing circulation to promote healing and decrease inflammation
- Signaling the release of endorphins, which decrease pain signals to the brain
- Releasing trigger points
Electrostimulation is a physical therapy that uses mild electrical pulses with acupuncture needles to improve muscle function, decrease pain and promote healing. The electrical impulses feel like a tapping or buzzing sensation and are never painful.
Cupping is an ancient healing method that has been used for thousands of years. It involves special cups that are applied to the skin with either heat or suction and kept in place to increase blood and lymphatic flow. Cupping speeds up muscle recovery, reduces soreness and stiffness and is particularly helpful for those experiencing chronic neck and back pain.
Chronic pain conditions can be caused or exacerbated by a number of different factors, such as nutrient deficiencies, inflammation and food sensitivities. Your naturopathic doctor can recommend supplements, such as Omega 3, vitamin D, and turmeric, that do not cause side effects and can therefore be a healthy long-term solution, addressing the root cause of your pain.
The foods we eat can greatly impact the level of inflammation in our bodies. Following an anti-inflammatory diet high in antioxidants and healthy fats, while temporarily removing problematic foods, can help decrease inflammation and make your body more resilient to pain.
If you suffer from chronic pain, contact Dr. Vishaala Singh to set up your consultation so you can start living pain-free again.