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Drug-free Therapy for Pain

Our specialty at dohi Center is to help our clients achieve optimum health and well-being, in a drug-free environment.  What does this actually mean for a person?  It can mean anything from just feeling good throughout the day, to healing  and overcoming difficult health challenges.  What it does not mean is maintaining drug use to an accepted perceived comfort level.  Unfortunately many people believe that this is all they will ever be able to do.  This is shocking to us because it is far from truth.  The truth is, your body has amazing innate healing abilities, and we know how to work with these abilities to benefit you, our client.  Innate abilities to heal means your own natural abilities to heal, even from chronic pain.

There are many options of therapy to benefit a person experiencing chronic pain, such as what one would experience in lower back pain from injury, while avoiding prescription opiate analgesics and other pain relieving drugs.  Injuries are usually not permanent and a person has the potential for recovery from them.  However, while dealing with the pain by using medications, the longer a person takes opiate analgesics the more they are put at risk by the dangers of drug tolerancedependence, and addiction.  An effective program to help a person with pain, who wishes to avoid medications, should include behavioral techniques in relaxation, mind-body medicine, and alternative therapies.  This type of program can help the person in recovery from the injury and to be relieved of pain without drugs.  Sounds simple doesn’t it.  Remember, the results of this process are achieved by working with your innate ability to heal!  This is our expertise at dohi Center.

Behavioral techniques that are used to help with back pain include relaxation as well as behavior modifications.  Relaxation techniques have been shown to be beneficial for lower back pain when it is included in a person’s program (Brannon & Feist, 2010).  Relaxation techniques involve progressive muscle relaxation, which the person can learn to do independently.  In addition, operant conditioning to increase physical activity has been shown to effectively lower the need for medication (Brannon & Feist, 2010).  Operant conditioning involves changing the behaviors that contribute to chronic pain and encourage the implementation of behaviors that will help with healing.

Techniques in mind-body medicine can be incorporated into a program for lower back pain.  For example, mindfulness meditation has been shown to help individuals who suffer from lower back pain.  Implementing mindfulness meditation into a person’s program may help with improvement in pain acceptance and also with physical function (Morone, Greco, & Weiner, 2008).  Mindfulness meditation is also used effectively for stress reduction (Brannon & Feist, 2010), depression, PTSD, post-pregnancy depression, substance abuse, and other problems we will discuss here in other articles.  To point out a key point, since stress plays a major role in lower back pain, we often use this technique to help in reducing pain.

The specific drug-free therapies we use at dohi Center include mindfulness meditation, relaxation, and operant conditioning to help our clients reduce pain while reducing the need for medications.  We also incorporate your nutritional needs, which also play an important role in healing and reducing pain.  Other alternative therapies can also be included in the program for lower back pain.  Acupuncture has shown to be one of the most effective complementary treatments for lower back pain (Brannon & Feist, 2010).  Both chiropractic manipulations and massage therapy are also very effective for relieving back pain, which can be incorporated into a drug-free pain program.  In fact, chiropractic manipulations are shown to be a superior treatment for musculoskeletal pain over conventional medical treatments (Brannon & Feist, 2010).

So now you know…

By incorporating mind-body therapies into a pain program along with behavioral modifications and techniques in mind-body medicine, you have the opportunity to be relieved of pain while avoiding the medications used to address pain that can be so detrimental to your overall health, well-being, and life.  You also know that we, at dohi Center, offer many therapies including mindfulness meditation, relaxation, operant conditioning, and behavior modification which reduce pain while reducing the need for medications.  Each of these therapeutic options can be effectively incorporated into your drug-free program for the treatment of your acute or chronic pain.

 

creating Harmony & Balance in your life,

Charlotte Test, N.D., B.A., RAS
Board Certified in Alternative Medicine
Registered Addictions Specialist

References

Brannon, L., & Feist, J., (2010).  Health psychology. (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Morone, N. E., Greco, C. M., & Weiner, D. K. (2008). Mindfulness meditation for the treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults: a randomized controlled pilot study. Pain, 134(3):310-9.

 

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