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.
Pain-relief techniques which can be used alone or in combination:
This Chinese practice for pain management is one of the oldest techniques. Technicians use tiny needles placed in specific points.
- Physical Therapy
Physical therapy often proves more helpful for neck pain than drugs. So, why not use it to alleviate other types of pain? Repetitive strengthening motions stretch muscles and work joints to strengthen them while alleviating pain. Physical therapy works because it often treats the root of the pain rather than the associated symptoms. Water therapy may also be used. Physical therapists often teach patients how to incorporate such therapies at home.
Various massage techniques do more than just relax muscles. Ranging from gentle to deep tissue massage, many find that the right combination eases chronic pain.
- Ice and Heat
Applying ice or a cold pack to painful joints or swellings reduces blood flow which may interfere with pain messages otherwise sent to the brain. Heating inflamed areas also relaxes muscles and increases blood flow.
Cognitive- behavioral therapy involves managing thoughts and feelings. Doing so may also help alleviate the anxiety, stress, and depression associated with acute and chronic pain. Other available therapy options include biofeedback and hypnosis.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), electrically stimulates the area with the pain through a small device attached to the skin. Electrical impulses stimulate the area and nerves, potentially reducing pain.
- Mild Exercise
Yoga and Tai Chi incorporate slow, deliberates movements. In yoga, breathing connects the body and mind, which not only alleviates stress but also improves fitness, sometimes reducing lower back pain. Tai Chi also includes deep breathing and stretching. Many find that it reduces pain.
INCORPORATING SOME (OR ALL OF THE ABOVE) MAY EFFECTIVE REDUCE AND/OR ELIMINATE PAIN. AND DOING SOMETHING OTHER THAN REACHING FOR MEDICATION MAY NOT ONLY SERVE TO TREAT THE CONDITION BUT CAN ALSO BE A SOURCE OF SELF-EMPOWERMENT.
Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model, creating a personalized treatment program for each client. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.