Whether you are a recovering addict or someone who cares about one, you need to know that if you require pain relief during the treatment or when in remission, there are safe approaches available which do not entail reaching for a pill. Even for people without addictions, medication offers chronic pain sufferers temporary pain relief that doesn’t address the root cause.
According Harvard Health, researchers and doctors studying pain have identified what they call the “gate control” theory. They determined that the dorsal horn is a part of the spinal cord which is vital in helping to alleviate pain. When the body produces a pain signal, the dorsal horn opens like a gate, sending a pain signal to the brain. But if it receives sensory signals simultaneously (from another part of the body), it closes so the brain doesn’t register the signal.