Chronic pain… stops many of us in our tracks. According to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Health Statistics, the most common type of pain was back pain (27%). In fact, back pain is the leading cause of disability in the US for those under age 45. Over 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 – 64 experience frequent back pain. Following back pain was severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%) and facial ache or pain (4%). Many pain sufferers have one thing in common – they are searching for natural pain relief in order to optimize productivity and enjoy life with family and friends.
Unfortunately, many people with chronic or acute pain report feelings of depression, have trouble concentrating, are unable to sleep well and experience a loss of energy. Unrelieved chronic pain has physical, chemical, emotional and financial costs. In fact, in a recent report (Institute of Medicine – Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research), pain costs society at least $560 – $635 billion annually and $296 – $336 billion due to lost productivity.
Some pain sufferers who turn to prescription or over-the-counter medication, find themselves abusing medication. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs in the US, following marijuana. Additionally, prescription painkillers are considered a major contributor to the total number of drug deaths. Fortunately, there are other options for pain management. Options include:
Physical Therapy helps to promote healing, relieve pain and restore function. Passive physical therapy includes heat/ice therapy, ultrasound, soft tissue massage, joint mobilization and TENS units (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation). Active physical therapy involves stretching, strengthening and pain-relief exercises; as well as low-impact aerobic exercises.
Many people with chronic or acute pain, discover the benefits of Chiropractic care. They find that pain is relieved, muscle tightness is reduced and healing begins by manually applying a controlled force to joints that have become restricted by muscle injury, strain, inflammation and/or pain. In addition, spinal decompression – traction that may help relieve back pain, may be considered.
Acupuncture utilizes specific points on the body, which are stimulated by inserting disposable, sterilized thin needles (similar to a cat’s whisker) through the skin to regulate the flow of vital energy (qi) along nerve pathways. Acupuncture is a promising treatment for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Diet, hydration and nutritional support address the chemical component of pain. Poor dietary choices can lead to chronic inflammation – increasing pain sensitivity. Daily supplementation of Vitamin D can help alleviate a deficiency and low back pain, according to recent studies. Water helps flush away acidic waste products from the muscles. High levels of acidic waste products in the muscles can cause muscle irritation and pain.
Therapeutic Massage Therapy relaxes muscles, improves posture and increases range-of-motion, flexibility and mobility. Patients in pain, benefit with deep tissue massage, which is entwined into their therapeutic massage. The result – alleviates low-back pain and migraine pain. In fact, it helps to ease medication dependency and releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller. For many, an important component in their pain management program.
Many people come to the AIMS Clinic with a wide variety of pain situations including neck and back pain, extremity pain, headache and migraine pain, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Everyone’s pain circumstance is unique, therefore a proper diagnosis with a Medical Doctor, Chiropractor, Physical Therapist and/or Acupuncturist is vital. Stop suffering and let us customize a natural pain relief treatment program for you.
Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation. Our goal is to provide the most advanced and compassionate pain relief. Our Team of Experts and friendly staff at your local East Brunswick, NJ AIMS Clinic, will help you reduce or eliminate pain and improve function. As our patient, we will teach you how to regain your health with our revolutionary new treatment program.