Living in pain is a chronic condition that no one wants to deal with on a daily basis. It is understandable that when you are living in this constant state of pain that you will try all of your options to relieve yourself of this ongoing discomfort. Even with this situation as bad as it is, no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain-free. We will also make the case as to why physical therapy for natural pain management can be an effective and safer alternative.
There are many cases where doctor-prescribed opioids are used and managed in an appropriate fashion. In the end, though, they largely only mask the pain you are feeling for short and sometimes longer periods. These opioids come with great risks to your overall health that include depression, the strong possibility of developing an addiction, and, in the worst cases, overdose and even death. These downsides also include withdrawal symptoms even when usage has stopped.
In 2017 alone, the Arizona Department of Health Services revealed that a total of 949 people in Arizona passed away of an opioid-caused overdose. That’s 20.1 percent higher than the prior year and more than twice as many deaths as 2012. This is incredibly alarming, especially for physical therapists like Mike King, who try to incorporate natural pain treatment into those who are dealing with these chronic conditions.
First, you must fully understand what opioids are which is a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin. This also includes:
When these are taken properly under the guidance of a health care provider, prescription pain medicines can be very helpful. However, misusing prescription opioids do come with great health risks.
The decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people but can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. In addition to the serious risks of addiction, abuse, and overdose, the use of prescription opioids can have many side effects, even when taken as instructed. This is a huge reason why physical therapy for natural pain management is a very effective alternative.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nonopioid approaches including physical therapy are a much safer and more manageable way to deal with chronic pain. It is a physical therapist’s objective to treat pain through movement, personalized care, and a lot of ongoing patient education.
It has also been proven that by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases you may encounter in your lifetime. Your pain can be very personal to you, but treating it doesn’t have to be. It takes teamwork with a professional and what better way than through natural pain management techniques?
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