Pain Relief

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Pain

What is pain?

Pain is a perception of discomfort caused by nerves transmitting pain signals to your brain.  Pain is often caused by inflammation and inflammation can be caused by many things such as an injury, a reaction to a food, environmental allergies and infection.

What are the signs and symptoms of pain?

Really the only symptom of pain is the feeling of discomfort that you may have.  What pain feels like can be described many different ways using words like aching, throbbing, pounding, shooting, sharp, dull, stabbing, tingling, burning, pressing, squeezing and pinching.

What are different types of pain?

Pain can feel more like a nerve pain, in which case it is often sharp, localized and may radiate.  Muscle pain may feel more generalized, dull, burning and in a broader area.

What is chronic pain?

Pain can be acute or chronic.  Acute pain is something that can come on suddenly, can be intense, in an isolated area, is usually related to an injury and doesn’t last for more than a few days, weeks or months depending on the cause of the pain.  Chronic pain lasts longer than 6 months.  It can persist even after the initial injury has healed.  The diagnosis of chronic pain is usually based on the duration of the pain.

What are natural chronic pain treatments?

At Forces of Nature, the types of treatment that we offer for chronic pain include acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbal medicine, massage therapy and naturopathic medicine.  Each of these treatments addresses pain through different means.  Acupuncture signals your brain to release natural pain relievers known as endorphins and encephalins.  From a Chinese medicine standpoint, it removes blockages to the flow of qi or energy, these blockades can cause pain.  A chiropractor re-aligns your body so that movement is pain-free.  Muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue and your spine all move freely; the way they were intended to.  Herbs can provide pain relief by reducing inflammation, nourishing your body and expediting healing.  Massage therapy releases tension in muscles, induces relaxation, promotes circulation and healing and calms the nerves.  Naturopathic medicine has many options for pain relief – acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, natural anti-inflammatories, stress reduction techniques and hydrotherapy.

What are natural products for pain relief?

Natural products can be effective, non-narcotic, chronic pain relief options whether you suffer from back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, arthritis or headaches.  Natural products that may relieve pain are usually anti-inflammatory in nature since the inflammation is what you perceive as pain. Natural anti-inflammatories include Boswellia, Curcumin and White Willow Bark.  Always consult a naturopathic doctor before taking natural products to ensure that they are safe in your specific situation.

Boswellia

Gum-resin extracts of Boswellia serrata have been used for centuries to treat chronic inflammatory diseases. The resinous part of Boswellia serrata contains numerous active compounds.  Out of these, the boswellic acid acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid is the most potent inhibitor of one of the enzymes that is responsible for inflammation, 5-alpha lipoxygenase.

Curcumin

Curcumin is an extract from the turmeric root (Curcuma longa). It is inexpensive, orally bioavailable and highly safe in humans.  It can block the action and production of an inflammatory cytokine called TNF-α. There is evidence that curcumin may be effective against all of the diseases for which TNF blockers are currently being used such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis (UC), and Crohn’s disease.

White Willow Bark

Willow bark contains a chemical known as salicin.  The bark is where salicylic acid, the active component of aspirin, was originally derived.  It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to relieve headaches and back pain.

Chronic pain is not just something you have to live with.  Our wellness professionals can design a natural, comprehensive pain relief strategy for you that may encompass one or more of the above strategies.   Book an appointment now to get started with safe, natural pain relief.

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