Is there a difference between pain management and pain relief?
You often hear about “pain management clinics.” When do you hear about “pain relief clinics?”
Sometimes people have a pain issue which can only be managed; it is not going to go away. Instances might be cancer or a nerve which is entangled in a cyst. There is pain. It won’t be going away. But it can be managed with drugs so the person can feel more comfortable.
But lots of times people have a type of pain which is caused by muscles or other soft tissue and which can be treated successfully. Those people can truly have pain relief.
The problem is that most doctors don’t learn about the roles of soft tissues and muscles when they are in medical school or afterward. And muscles are to blame for a huge proportion of our pain.
And muscles are treatable with pressure, touch or manual manipulations. Massage therapy incorporates all of those.
But can all massage therapists provide pain relief?
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Benjamin Franklin said energy and persistence conquer all things. True? Yes!
But sometimes you just don’t feel like you have the energy you need. Maybe you feel like that all the time. 🙁
Bodies have certain needs. If you don’t meet those needs, you suffer. If you DO meet them, you succeed!
Here’s how you can meet the needs of your body and have the energy to persist:
- Eat real food–things that grew rather than from factories.
- Make water your beverage of choice. That’s what most of your body is composed of and needs.
- Use your body every day–stretch and move. Move in directions that you don’t usually move in.
- Get enough sleep. Make your sleeping space relaxing and start Continue reading
ice is good medicine! Here’s how to use ice for muscle pain relief.
Lots of folks think heat feels better (including me) but sometimes (lots of times) ice is the way to go.
And, I also think ice feels great. Sometimes a bit uncomfortable but it has such a nice numbing effect!
Using ice as a natural pain relief aid is so nice; you don’t have to worry about nasty side effects or anything. That’s another reason to love cold therapy.
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Someone recently asked me which medical interventions I like best. She said she heard of a certain therapeutic device often used in physical therapy clinic.
I don’t think she quite had the gist of what I do yet.
Rather than use medical interventions, when it is possible, I suggest the use of natural therapies such as:
- massage and other self-help muscle/soft tissue treatment to eliminate tight muscles that cause pain
- correcting diet and eating REAL food and getting rid of vitamin and mineral deficiencies because bodies need these little powerhouses to function well
- drinking plenty of water so support muscle function
- correcting posture that strains muscles and causes dysfunction and pain and getting back into neutral positions.
We used to be in neutral, balanced postures when we were little children.
What happened was we got into bad furniture, car seats, desk chairs and habits.
But we can change! 🙂
Conventional medicine usually treats symptoms. Rather than treating symptoms, my goal is to help people get to the root of the pain–to the cause–and get rid of the cause.
Bodies are so logical! But they complain when we do things they don’t like.
And that’s what causes pain.
I received two emails this past week from people with extensive discomfort and pain. The really cool thing is they were both thank-you notes from people who took action and are getting better. Part of one is below.
Remember: It doesn’t matter if you educate yourself about your pain and other uncomfortable symptoms unless you take action.
There is a saying that you can’t hire someone to do your sit-ups for you. You have to do them yourself. (But I am not a fan of sit-ups; just suck your belly into your spine and hold it.)
“I stumbled upon your site and was astonished at my complete ignorance about the mechanics of my own body – specifically how my neck, shoulders and arm were all so closely related.
When I read your article that explained how the muscles of the shoulder can become imbalanced – I knew I was on to something – you described many of my issues and the subsequent pain perfectly. I immediately put some of your tips into practice – the shoulder rolls, the arm circles and using the bed as a resistance training tool..and even though the movements were painful at first, I kept at it because it was a good pain, if that makes any sense.”
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Did you know there are REAL scents that can actually help you feel better? They are essential oils.
They are not really oils (so they aren’t oily) but they are extracted or distilled from real plants and flowers.
On the other hand, we have FAKE smells. They are created in laboratories. From chemicals.
This article came about because I saw an ad for a ‘wonderful smell’ that would make you feel like you were on a tropical vacation every time you get a whiff of it. You will catch the scent every time you walk in the area and every time you walk past you will breathe–are you ready?–chemicals into your beautiful body.
And so will your kids. And your pets.
Do you really want regular doses of chemicals that you don’t need and your body doesn’t like? Really?
What’s the option to the fake scented products that make your home smell ‘fresh’ and ‘clean’?
Buy essential oils.
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You really DO have a smart body and it wants to be well. It wants to heal. Sometimes it just needs a little help from you or from someone else.
Many times you can be your own “doctor” or “physical therapist.” You have to educate yourself so you will know what to do.
Learn what makes bodies work–or not work. Read articles from people you trust to share good, useful information.
And then you must take action!
It doesn’t matter how much you know if you don’t use it.
Take the information that you find here or at my other natural pain relief websites (click on the tabs above) and take action.
You can start getting rid of your pain or discomfort naturally today.
Did you know that gratitude can actually reduce your pain and stress? Being grateful for all of the good things and people that are in your life is good medicine.
Being thankful actually boosts your immune system and kicks in the ‘feel-good’ natural chemicals in your body.
Gratitude will help you enjoy your life more and feel better.
There is way too much reliance on medication for peace of mind and pain relief. A simple, natural technique like this–being grateful–may be just what the doctor ordered! (Or should have.)
Ok, you have 10 seconds. Now, quick–tell me at least 5 things that you are thankful for. Need a little help?
What made you feel happy today?
- What made you smile?
What did you see that was beautiful or took your breath away?
What tasted good?
Did you watch something pleasant in nature?
Did you share a joke and someone laughed?
Did something NOT hurt?
Is something getting better or healing?
Did the sun come up?
Ask yourself as many questions as you need to pump up your Vitamin G – Gratitude – and you can start feeling better fast. 🙂 (No bad side effects, either!)
Older adults get lots of benefits from receiving massage. The complete abstract (abbreviated article) from http://PubMed.gov
is below my comments here. (PubMed comes from the National Institutes of Health.)
In a nutshell, it says the study was with people age 60 and older who had persistent pain. It says they felt better physically and emotionally. It also says massage may be worth looking into as a treatment for pain in older adults.
Well, I should say so!
Massage therapy is a wonderful treatment for pain and aches of all sorts. And because Continue reading
I’m a pain relief coach. What does that mean? What do I do?
You have probably heard of ‘pain management.’ That is what the medical profession offers when patients continue to have pain despite physical therapy or other conventional medical treatments.
But did you know that many times–perhaps most times–there are natural ways for people to get rid of their pain?
That’s where I come in. Pain relief rather than pain management.
I will agree that sometimes pain management may be the best anyone can do. It depends Continue reading