Dealing with chronic pain is one of the most crippling experiences an individual can go through. Those who suffer from chronic pain know that it affects every activity, movement, and decision in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, most chronic pain patients look to prescription painkillers and pain medication, like Vicodin, Oxycontin and Morphine, to help manage their pain and keep it under control at all times. However, these drugs are extremely dangerous and highly addictive. In addition, long-term opiate use can actually make pain worse because it causes opioid-induced hyperalgesia – a condition where the increased use of opioids heightens one’s sensitivity to discomfort and reduces their tolerance for pain.
Fortunately, there are several natural options that chronic pain and opiate-dependent patients can use to help manage their pain and improve their quality of life.
There are several methods that claim to naturally relieve pain, however the most effective techniques are approaches that release natural endorphins, which activates the brain’s reward system similar to pain medication that triggers the opiate receptors in the brain. Effective natural pain relief alternatives include acupuncture, yoga, physical therapy, massage therapy and core strengthening. All of these options are suggested to opiate dependency patients after their bodies are detoxified of opiates. Most patients find these alternatives are just as effective or more than traditional pain medication, since most chronic pain patients have less pain when their bodies are rid of opiates.
Many of these natural pain relief methods have been used for centuries, before prescription painkillers were even developed. In fact, the earliest written record of acupuncture dates back to approximately 200 BCE in an ancient Chinese medical text. Yoga, massage therapy, and even physical therapy all have deep-rooted histories in wellness and healing, because of their ability to promote health and well-being. It is recommended that a daily routine involving some or all of these options is optimal for pain management, but must be done without the aid of prescription painkillers or pain relievers in order to be successful.
If you or a loved one is struggling with dependency to prescription painkillers, we urge you to contact your medical physicians.
For more information on choosing an opiate detox program for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact our office directly. The Waismann Method is a safe and proven treatment for opiate dependency that utilizes the most advanced medical techniques available. The rapid opiate detoxification procedure is carried out in a full-service hospital in Southern California by board-certified anesthesiologists while patients remain under deep sedation, so they experience minimal conscious withdrawal or suffering.