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Chronic pain has a purpose. It is a message your body sends telling you that something is wrong, out of balance, and needs to change. Pain can protect us from doing further damage to our body, but we need to listen to those signals. Many people ignore their pain or treat it with painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Not only does this do nothing to resolve the origin of the pain, but it can also result in further injury, disease progression, and complications from the medications.
Chronic pain is often the most debilitating and frustrating for people. The emotional toll of chronic pain also can make the pain worse. Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects. Our holistic approach to treating chronic pain disorders is especially effective for pain related to the following:
|Arthritis||Shingles||Digestive Discomfort||Scar Tissue|
|Fibromyalgia||TMJ||Trigeminal neuralgia||Cancer Pain|
|Menstrual Cramps||Sciatica||Myofascial Pain Syndrome||Frozen Shoulder|
|Headaches||Sinus||Carpal Tunnel Syndrome||Gallbladder Disease|
|Migraines||Tendonitis||Hip, Knee and Foot Pain||Bell’s Palsy|
|Pancreatitis||Plantar Fasciitis||Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain||Kidney Stones|
Many chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, require a multi-tiered approach to healing because the underlying cause involves multiple body systems including digestion, endocrine (hormones), musculoskeletal, nervous and immune systems. Often people suffering from fibromyalgia and similar pain disorders have additional conditions such as thyroid disease, which complicates their symptoms and treatment. They require a holistic healing approach in order to feel better.
Early treatment after an occupational or recreational injury is the most effective way to reduce pain and prevent permanent damage. Holistic treatments should be a first line treatment for pain and injury in order to reduce being exposed to the risks associated with more invasive interventions. When surgery is necessary to fix serious problems, holistic therapies can diminish the need for medications, speed recovery, and improve outcomes.
Although we tend to think of pain as strictly physical, it is much more complex. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complicated ways with pain. Our thoughts and emotions can lead to a change in the quality and amount of pain that is experienced. As a result, the ways in which individuals feel pain, express pain and respond to pain and its treatments vary dramatically. The following are considered when diagnosing the root cause of pain:
1. Muscle Imbalances – To maximize the body’s ability to perform and recover, we must first identify the true root of a physical imbalance and then work toward total body alignment and symmetry. A muscle issue can be due to many different things including a mechanical issue, nutritional issue, repetitive strain, or injury.
2. Metabolic Imbalances – Most people don’t realize that they are eating their way into their pain. If the body’s chemistry is out of balance, so is its ability to recover from injury and detoxify. Food sensitivities and nutritional deficiencies get in the way of the body’s innate healing abilities.
3. Limiting Thoughts – One’s state of mind has been shown to have a profound effect on the ability to recover. Mental stress can have as much to do with pain and inability to recover as does physical stress. Stress management or mental fitness can be thought of as nothing more than learning how to channel or manage our thoughts.
4. Toxin Overload – toxins from food, infections such as yeast, and the environment can build up in the muscles, joints, and lymphatic system. Reducing toxin levels in the body will ease inflammation, especially in your joints, and improve the immune system’s ability to heal an injury or area of pain.
5. Joint Instability- Our joints are held together by ligaments and tendons that function similar to rubber bands. If they become overstretched, joint instability can occur. Often the key to getting to the root of the problem and reducing pain is to tighten those overly loose ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy is a safe and effective alternative to surgery, massage, or chiropractic for curing pain permanently.
Our approach at Merge Medical Center to treating pain is individualized, proactive, gentle, and effective. Patients come from not only the Charleston area for holistic pain treatment but also from all over the U.S as the word has spread of our success. Our goal is quick recovery and prevention of the future reoccurrence of pain or injury. We incorporate results-based techniques in the areas of corrective exercise and flexibility, herbal medicine, prolotherapy, hormone therapy, therapeutic massage, and stress management. Our clinic can help you identify certain foods and that may be contributing to your symptoms and put together a healthy diet and nutritional support program to help you find pain relief. Holistic treatments provide a multifaceted approach to the treatment of pain that includes not only decreasing pain levels but also stimulating the healing response of the body. The healing response encouraged by our team includes:
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