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Managing Pain and New Approach

Managing Pain with Safe Healing Therapies

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Pain is one of the most common complaints. Pain can come from sports injuries, accidents from falls, slips, bike, motor vehicle accidents, wear and tear, repeated use of muscles and joints, surgery and/or medical procedures, as people get older, increased stress, trauma both physical and emotional, stress, holding in unexpressed emotions like anger, not engaging in physical activities, lack of stretching, headaches, diet, toxicity, medical diagnoses, other health challenges, muscle and joint stiffness, etc.

Along with chronic and acute pain are emotions of frustration, fears, anger, anxiety, guilt, hopelessness, irritability, etc., of being disabled, feeling stuck, and limited or inability to do the things that they need to do to make ends meet, to live the life that they want to live, take care of themselves, take care of their families, children, and do the things that they love to do. Some may have lack of mental clarity because of the intensity of pain, and the side effects of narcotics.

As a recovery room nurse in the hospital, I care for patients who are having pain on a daily basis when they come out right after surgery or medical procedures. There are patients who don’t experience pain at all or minimal pain after surgery, and there are other patients who have excruciating pain where it is challenging to control. So we give more pain medications to help control the pain. Because of the amount of pain medications (narcotics) we give to help relieve their pain, some patients get dizzy, drowsy and/or too nauseated to go home or transfer to their new room in the hospital. There are people who are more sensitive to medications than others. As a result, the recovery time from surgery or medical procedures is longer. There are some patients who are afraid to take pain medications because they fear becoming addicted to it.

**Note: It’s important to take your pain medicines as prescribed from your doctor or health care provider so that your pain will be decreased to a tolerable level so that you can help heal from surgery. I am amazed to see the advances in technology and medicine that have helped people who are dealing with pain, and for some patients, they get to recover faster from surgery but still… Pain is one of the most common complaints.

Facts

  • June 29, 2011 — More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). (source – http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20110629/100-million-americans-have-chronic-pain)
  • Pain is an individualized experience
  • Revisions to pain management standard effective January 1, 2015 – Joint Commissions Online – “treatment strategies may consider both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic” (Hint – This is where I come in to help you with using safe holistic non-pharmacological approaches) http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/23/jconline_November_12_14.pdf
  • Narcotic abuse – “In addition, when considering the use of medications to treat pain, organizations should consider both the benefits to the patient, as well as the risks of dependency, addiction, and abuse of opioids.” www.jointcommission.org
  • “80% of patients surveyed experienced acute post surgical pain, with most reporting moderate, severe, or extreme pain.”
  • “Ineffective pain management is the development of chronic pain.”

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Holistic Therapies for Managing Pain

There are a variety of ways pain can be managed from the traditional approach, from medications, surgeries, physical therapy, psychotherapy, etc. There are also safe holistic approaches that can help alleviate pain or get rid of pain from traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, yoga, Tai Chi, massage, body work, Myofascial release, energy healing like Reiki Healing Touch, music, meditation, mind-body therapy, hypnotherapy, guided imagery, essential oils, journaling, cranial sacral therapy, dance therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) TRE (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises) by Dr. Berceli to name a few but there is much more.

Taking one pain pill may not be enough to get rid of the pain. The same concept goes with using safe healing therapies for pain management. You may need more than one healing session to help manage your pain or alleviate your pain. Holistic practitioners understand that there may be buried emotions, trauma, and or “issues in the tissues” that makes it challenging to get rid of pain. How many people do you know that have seen doctors, had medical procedures, surgeries and tried many other things but they can’t find the cause of the pain, and the pain continues? There must be something deeper that needs to be brought to light that can help alleviate pain.

Pain is an Individualized Experience

Pain is an individualized experience so listen to your body, keep an open communication with your healthcare provider and be open to explore safe healing therapies that can help not only address your pain, but also the well-being of your mind, body and spirit.

Explore and Discover

I invite you to explore and discover which healing therapy can best resonate with you. Feel free to schedule a FREE get acquainted session with me so we both find out which healing modality you can experience to help relieve your pain.

To Your Happiness, Health, & Healing…….

Vivien Joy
Holistic Nurse

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