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You Don’t Need to Live Life With Opioids – PT Can Allow for Natural Pain Relief

You Don't Need to Live Life With Opioids - PT Can Allow for Natural Pain Relief Dec10th 2021

Relieve Your Pain with Holistic Methods!

Chronic pain can become a huge burden, affecting just about every aspect of your life until it seems impossible to feel that things will ever be “normal” again.

Whether as a result of wear and tear over time, or following a traumatic experience such as injury or a car accident, chronic pain can become increasingly difficult to cope with as time passes.

Learning to cope with discomfort is not always realistic. So, rather than living in discomfort, many people turn to ways of masking pain—often by using pain medications.

However, this is not always the healthiest option, and finding more appropriate ways to manage your pain that can actually help reduce the severity of your chronic pain. Additionally, holistic methods of pain relief can have a huge impact on your quality of life and happiness.

Instead of using drugs to manage long-term pain, talk to your physical therapist about natural strategies that may help you experience real pain relief.

How can physical therapy relieve my pain naturally?

Working with a physical therapist to experience relief from chronic pain is one of the most effective strategies that you can try.

Regardless of whether the pain stems from an injury or from wear and tear over time, physical therapy can identify the problem areas, target the source of the pain, and then provide you with strategies to help improve your range of motion and reduce the experience of pain.

The biggest difference between physical therapy and pain medication for addressing chronic pain is that pain medication will never actually fix the source of the pain, it will only cover it up.

Physical therapy may not help you to feel that immediate relief in the same way pain medication would, but it will help you to feel gradual improvements in your experience of the pain so that you can eventually start to live your life free of discomfort.

Here are a few of the ways that your physical therapist can help you find relief from chronic pain:

  • Weight lifting: As you begin to experience tension relief and decreased swelling in the targeted area, your physical therapist can then guide you through the process of building muscle mass to support a full and healthy recovery.
  • Deep stretching: Your physical therapist can guide you through specialized stretching techniques that will target the source of your pain, thereby helping to improve your range of motion and support the development of muscle mass in the area of your pain.
  • Hot and cold therapy: The combination of hot and cold therapy can help to reduce swelling and alleviate pain, and when used in combination with other natural strategies can be a great source of relief from chronic pain.
  • Targeted massage: Your physical therapist can identify the area that may be causing the pain and utilize massage techniques to reduce tension in that particular area, thereby helping to alleviate pressure in your joints and reduce pain.

Why are pain medications so dangerous?

Did you know pain medications don’t do anything to help heal chronic pain? While often marketed as an ideal solution to chronic pain relief, all that pain medications can do is help you feel relief from pain for a short period of time. Once the medication wears off, the pain will return, and over time it may even require larger and larger doses of pain medication to help you experience the same level of relief.

Additionally, many pain prescription drugs come with a long list of complications of their own. Many pain medications are opioid-based, which means that they are highly addictive and can cause damage to the body if used for a prolonged period of time.

For many people, the withdrawal that occurs when they try to stop taking opioids is actually more serious than the initial pain itself, and in some situations, the use of pain medications for a longer period of time can lead to a number of additional health problems, including intestinal, liver, and even heart damage.

In order to actually overcome chronic pain and return to a more normal way of life, pain medications shouldn’t be considered as the only means of treatment. While pain medications may be recommended for short-term use to help you overcome the initial pain of an injury or procedure, there are other treatment options available that are much safer and more effective in helping to ease your pain and improve your quality of life.

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Physical therapy can often be used to help people overcome chronic pain, including joint pain, such as hip and knee pain, back pain, neck pain, and even chronic headaches.

In some situations, such as injuries like a torn tendon or damaged muscle, surgery may be needed to help repair the damage prior to the use of physical therapy to restore the range of motion.

Working with your physical therapist to make use of these natural strategies can help you avoid long-term use of medication and help you feel more relief faster. Additionally, PT can help you experience improved quality of life in the process.

Contact Exhale Physical Therapy for a consultation to start experiencing relief from chronic pain.

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