Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that requires multidisciplinary care through alternative therapies for relief and management.
When painkillers are not the solution
The global market antipyretic analgesic anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) In 1991 was 6,000 million dollars. It is a rapidly-growing market, indicative of the ravages of chronic pain and the consequences of side effects detrimental to health. Many have the belief (and hope) that the pain is controllable and passenger, pain medicine and wait for the soon tolivio. But it is noteworthy that the pain has two components: a physical, or other unpleasant sensation, and a psychological factor that negatively affects the emotions of the sufferer. When pain becomes resistant and not be appeased with anything, the patient’s world is turned upside down, causing a feeling of helplessness, frustration and even depression, can affect daily activities, social work and the individual, turning life into a real ordeal.
On these bases, some incurable conditions such as Fibromyalgia the arthritis and even some types of cancer Not only produce a functional disability caused by the condition itself and the associated pain, but also cause feelings of anger, anxiety or fear in patients, their families and their environments.
Another view of pain: Body and mind
The inability to cure some types of pain is hardly accepted by the patient, it is logical to assume that resist a particular disease will always accompany you and can only learn to live with it the best way. Unfortunately that is the reality of many chronic pain syndromes.
The need arises to address pain from another angle, in order to restore a minimum balance in the individual: a new vision that recognizes the inevitable existence of pain, but in which you can continue living with hope, beyond search of a remedy, sometimes slow in coming. Improve the quality of life for patients through alternative therapies with holistic approaches that may be considered, given the possibility of a lack of cure, as facilitate strategies to cope with pain.
Practices such as relaxation and meditation are common therapeutic elements in relieving pain, and are generally associated with other techniques such as acupuncture and reflexology, as part of multidisciplinary programs. Notably, although these practices have a direct effect on pain control, its soothing action causes a reduction of certain physiological activities to help alleviate pain and to understand. The prelaxationroduce generically, a reduction of physical stress or mental and allows the individual to achieve calm, reducing stress levels caused by pain. The relaxation of muscle tension, with the decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate are some of the benefits that affect pain management.
The meditation care practice is concentrated either on an external object, thought or consciousness, and helps focus the attention on the affected areas and understand the feelings that accompany them. Although many patients have reported improvements in their conditions of chronic pain, there is no scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of some methods.
Do not lose hope
When you have tried everything and it looks like life and relationships suffer because of chronic pain, you tend to lose hope that this happens. But there is hope for living. It is important to address chronic pain from many angles in search of relief, but before making any treatment, consult your doctor to determine the causes and best treatment for each particular condition.
It is important to understand and admit that there are bodily sensations that can not be controlled and any attempt to control instead of helping, can worsen the condition by adding stress to the equation. Accept that there are limitations that force the body’s ability to restrict the life, and learn that you can keep fighting for what matters, albeit a bit more limited. The important thing is not giving up, but continuing to be patient, be gentle with yourself, and try different techniques supervised by your doctor.