The majority of us are subjected to pain on a regular basis. While most pain is acute or short-term – such as a tripped toe, burned hand on the stove, or being stung by a bee – some people suffer from chronic pain that impacts the quality of life. Any pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks is considered chronic. “Continuing for a looooong period or continuously recurring” is how “chronic” is described. It can begin as a result of an injury or wound, but it persists long after the original cause has cured. Acute pain, on the other hand, is usually a reaction to a physical problem such as a disease, inflammation, or trauma, but it disappears after the original cause is resolved.
The sad truth is that those struggling from chronic pain have few treatment choices, with one of the most common being in an addictive prescription narcotic regimen that includes opiates like hydrocodone-acetaminophen, tramadol, and oxycodone (Oxyneo), as well as nerve blocking drugs like Lyrica and Gabapentin for those dealing from neuropathic pain. Antidepressants like Apo-Nortriptyline and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like Effexor XR can be used to manage others. Naturopathic medicine, as a system of medicine that promotes a holistic approach and natural therapies, it provides safe and reliable options to extremely addictive medications for chronic pain management. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained at four-year post-graduate med schools to use non-drug treatments to chronic pain control first, with prescription painkillers as a last option.
Factors That Causes Chronic Pain
There seem to be a variety of explanations why someone may be suffering from chronic pain. It may be caused by the aging process and adjustments in the skeletal system in some people. There could be a variety of causes depending on the location of the pain – for example, chronic back pain could be caused by any of the following factors, or a combination of :
- Physical activity
- Improper lifting technique
- Congenital disorders
- Chronic illness or disorder, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or cancer, may also cause chronic pain.
In certain cases, determining the trigger may be difficult, as it can require a range of many possible triggers.
Ways of Naturopathy to Aid Pain
● Supplements made from natural ingredients
A vitamin deficiency can cause certain pain problems, such as severe migraines. Fish oils and curcumin may be needed by others to reduce inflammation. Your naturopath can prescribe supplements that are made entirely of natural ingredients and have no known side effects, making them a safe long-term option. Supplements are also recommended by naturopaths to help relax the muscles and develop cartilage.
● Diets that Reduce Inflammation
An elimination diet, which involves removing suspect foods from the diet for 3–6 months and then reintroducing them to determine food allergies, may help with any inflammatory disease, including pain. In order to eliminate problematic foods, eating an anti-inflammatory diet rich in antioxidants and good fats will help reduce pain and strengthen your body’s natural pain resistance.
Acupuncture is widely used and recommended by naturopaths as an effective pain treatment option. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s capacity to repair itself by releasing muscular trigger points and releasing hormones, which are natural painkillers that reduce impulses to the brain while also increasing blood flow.
● Increased water use
Increased water consumption has long been suggested by naturopaths as a validated method of healing. Hydrotherapy, as it is commonly called, can actually boost circulation, which accelerates healing and detoxification and reduces inflammation, both of which can help with pain management.
● Healing the Mind
An expert naturopath recognizes that pain begins in the mind and that coping with pain on a daily basis can be draining. A naturopath will prescribe visualization, meditation, and other validated mind-body strategies to help the body gradually reduce the effects of pain in order to relieve emotional and psychological pain.
About the Authors
Society’s Voice advocates for Naturopathic treatments for a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. We know that the efficacy of naturopathic medicine dates back to the 1890s, and are heartened to see naturopathic medicine undergo a rapid increase in public interest in recent years as a result of the growing consumer movement to solve the healthcare puzzle using prevention, wellness
and respect for nature’s inherent healing ability.