Pain pills such as opiates and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) temporarily reduce inflammation, but they may also lead to stomach problems, strokes, bleeding ulcers, heart attacks, liver and kidney damage, and even death.   Pain relievers are a major cause of death (click for studies) and/or hospitalization in the United States.

Symptomatic treatment may be appropriate for acute or emergency conditions where life is threatened, but in the long-term it can result in addiction, especially with opiates.  In fact, some drug pain relievers slow healing of tendons and soft tissues, speed joint degeneration and increase recurrences of injury. *Source: P.M. Brooks, S.R. Potter and W.W. Buchanan,"NSAID and Osteoarthritis-- Help or Hindrance,"

One very effective alternative to NSAIDs and opiates is acupuncture.  Acupuncture stimulates the production of endogenous opiates (produced within the body) and Interleuken 10, an anti-inflammatory cytokine, helping to reduce muscle aches and pain.  *Source: da Silva, M. D., Bobinski, F., Sato, K. L., Kolker, S. J., Sluka, K. A., & Santos, A. S. (2015). "IL-10 cytokine released from M2 macrophages is crucial for analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture in a model of inflammatory muscle pain. Molecular Neurobiology51(1), 19-31. doi:10.1007/s12035-014-8790-x

Another technique that is growing in popularity is Yamuna Body Rolling.   When combined with Active Isolated Stretching, this therapeutic fitness technique helps to free restrictions, re-align muscles and bones, and relax the body’s energy systems.

Holistic approaches using natural and alternative medicine are often very helpful for chronic painful conditions such as migraines, headaches, kidney stones, lower back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, post-operative pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.  Headaches, including migraines, can be improved and techniques can be taught for the removal of headaches without using harmful NSAIDs or other damaging pharmaceuticals.  

There are many useful approaches to pain management, certainly an important aspect of treatment.  Yet, it is also important to locate the cause of the pain for each individual and reverse the causal condition if possible.  Treating the underlying cause provides both pain relief and a truly long-term solution.      

 Dr. Christopher Jackson, Ph.D., D.O.M., and Emily Stein, BA, Certified Personal Trainer/Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Educator, address painful conditions using a comprehensive approach by first quickly understanding underlying patterns leading to the pain, and by promoting recovery, longevity and well-being, not just masking the symptoms.

Call (727) 329-9637 for an appointment.

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