Managing & Treating Pain

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By Dr. Scott Colasanti
Published on August 4, 2013

Manage Pain By Fixing the Problem

Accupuncture is an effective method of natural pain relief.

Acupuncture is an effective method of natural pain relief.

When we are experiencing pain, whether it is a headache or a hangnail, many of us don’t think twice about reaching into the cupboard for a Tylenol or an Advil.

The most common over the counter (OTC) drugs used for pain are acetaminophen (Tylenol), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) such as Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and aspirin.  It is important to note that these medications reduce pain but they do not address or ‘fix’ the problem. It’s also important to note that prolonged use of OTCs may also have many undesirable effects, and can cause serious complications.

Natural Pain Management Options

To manage and treat pain, consider these natural and effective alternatives.

Chiropractic care or physical therapy are very good at correcting musculoskeletal pain and improving the healing process.

Visit a Naturopath for natural alternatives. For inflammation and pain include ingesting essential fatty acids (in particular omega-3 fatty acids) that are commonly found in fish (Salmon and rainbow trout), curcumin, boswellia, ginger, and white willow can help with inflammation and pain naturally and are often much safer to use than medications.

Acupuncture is also great alternative for pain control. A high number of studies have shown that acupuncture have found to alleviate many kinds of pain, such as back pain, joint pain, neck pain and headaches; and is generally found to be safe when performed by professionals.

There are a number of other ways to conquer inflammation and pain naturally, such as eating berries with high anti-oxidant levels, drinking at least 2 liters of fluids per day to lubricate your joints, while avoiding high alkaline/refined foods which promote inflammation. For more information on ways to overcome inflammation visit: http://www.backandneck.ca/preventing-inflammation/

Using OTC medications to mask the pain can lead to further injury. It’s always best to address the problem at its root, than simply treat the symptoms.

3 thoughts on “Managing & Treating Pain

  1. I am surprised and disappointed that you haven’t included massage therapy as an option for treating back and neck pain

    • Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for your comment. We agree that massage therapy is a great option for treating back and neck pain. This article was trying to convey that OTC medications may not be the solution to your pain management.

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