Pain Management Clinic – as a last resort

claudia pain clinic My name is Claudia Norman and I am from Austin TX and I’ve had chronic back pain for ten years now. It was a hassle to deal with the pain on a daily basis. I tried everything. Over the counter medicine, chiropractors, heat pads, epsom salts, none of it seemed to work.

I dreaded the hassle of trying to get up and down the stairs in our (two story) house to go to bed every night. It became so traumatic that my husband and I thought of moving. I couldn’t even get half way up the steps without shooting pain in my lower back. Excruciating! I would have to stop and take a break before I could finish the last few steps – sometimes in tears

Then I started getting weaker. I started only making it 2 steps. That’s when I decided to start looking for alternative treatments. I was stubborn and first thought I could manage it. Now, I realized that it’s never a bad thing to ask for help.

It wasn’t until someone suggested looking for a different Doctor and getting a different opinion that things started to change. In fact, one of the things I’ve learned is that lifestyle can play a key role in chronic pain. I didn’t even know there were doctors that specialized in pain management.

By changing my habits, eating healthier food, and taking the right medications, I changed my lifestyle all thanks to modern information in the medical field. It’s been a year now and I’ve been pain free and able to live the lifestyle I’ve been missing. I can spend time with my grandkids and enjoy every minute.

If you’re thinking about visiting a Doctor and you’re not sure what your options are for your health, make sure you visit the right Doctor. Mine was Dr. Pataki at Austin Pain Clinic Sometimes, a second opinion is needed to get you on the right track. I’ve been very blessed to work with a clinic that can manage this and more.

More about traditional pain management techniques http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/

How To Relieve Pain Naturally

WomanLowerBackMassage-850x569_65[1]

Pain is inevitable in life. It can be caused by a lot of different things – it could be aging, injury, illness, stress, or depression among others. Fortunately, it does not have to control you or anyone. You can always choose to be proactive and manage your pain naturally by dealing with it in a positive light using the following relievers.

Practice Eating Better

Fruits and vegetables do more than just provide nutrients that the body needs to function well. They also provide antioxidant benefits that help fight diseases and anti-inflammatory properties that protect the body when you have been injured. For instance, foods rich in Vitamin C have been found to be effective shield against colds, respiratory infections, and reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Foods containing Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial for inflammation.

Needless to say, your choice of food has a lot to do with the severity of your pain. Always try to eat healthy if you are living with  acute or chronic pain. Try to eliminate packaged or processed foods which are high in additives that leave you with empty calories and only aggravate your condition. Limit your sugar intake and avoid artificial sweeteners that may only intensify your level of pain.

Practice Deep Breathing And Meditation

Breathing in and breathing out may sound pretty simple but very few of us use this technique to manage stress which could actually alleviate pain. A number of neuroscience studies suggest that focused breathing and meditation can help with chronic pain. So instead of thinking how gruesome your pain is, find a quiet spot where you can put your mind at rest, then slow yourself down and try to do deliberate, conscious breathing. This technique does not necessarily take the pain away but transforms your perception of your feelings, and makes your condition less painful.

A popular program which uses this technique is yoga. Other variations include walking meditation, guided imagery, mindful meditation, and transcendental meditation. All of which have been proven to work for relaxing the mind and body, and managing pain.

 

Keep Yourself Busy

This is another natural technique that is proven by many. Some people are known to have higher pain tolerance but there are also those who are simply very good at distracting themselves. Instead of focusing on pain, you can choose to concentrate on other things that you are highly interested in. Get involved with activities that can take your mind off your pain. Go for a trip, perhaps to the beach or try cooking, gardening, painting – whatever it is that highly appeals to you so you would get too excited to even think you are in pain. Your brain is actually very powerful and it can teach your pain that you are in control.

Take Natural Supplements

Other than prescription medication, there are natural pain killers that are deemed safer and healthier. Do not just take medications  though without knowing what they can do to your body. Ask your doctor about every potential side effect that your remedy can pose. If you are currently taking medication for another ailment, inform your doctor about it just to ensure that what you are taking is not making your condition more complicated. If you think your treatment is not doing you any good, refer to your doctor before deciding to shift to other brands or supplements. Only take pain relievers as directed even if they are made of all-natural ingredients. Overuse of pain killers can cause unfavorable side effects such as liver failure and more serious conditions.

Perform Regular Exercise

You do not normally exercise when you are in pain but the thing is, you may only make your pain worse as you lose muscle tone and strength in the absence of physical activities. Moderate exercises are known to release endorphins – the neurotransmitters also referred to as ‘feel good’ or ‘happy hormones’ that naturally block pain signals. If you are unsure about the type of exercise you should perform, seek your doctor’s advice to take advantage of this cost-effective natural pain reliever.

Alternatively, you can try the Melt Method, also referred to as the new art of self-care. It is a self-treatment technique developed by a nationally acclaimed somatic-movement educator and manual therapist. This technique is a combination of anatomical science and alternative therapies – an approach to pain-free fitness and longevity.

 

Where Can You Go For More Information?

The Melt Method is the first neurofascial technique that helps prevent pain, heal injuries, and eliminate unfavorable effects of aging and active lifestyle. It enhances body awareness, rehydrates connective tissues, and quiets the nervous system thereby restoring your body to a more ideal state.

If you want to know more about this unique and natural approach to pain then refer to our review on the Melt Method.

Are You Doomed to Have Lower Back Pain Forever?

Businessman With Backache

I can’t say I’m immune to the general aches and pains of life. No, I’m not the victim of a workplace injury or other life changing circumstances. I’m actually just an everyday guy and it’s that lifestyle that’s becoming harder for many people. Physical pain can become chronic over time and eventually leads to “permanent” issues.

For a long time, lower back pain was accepted as a norm and untreatable. That is all about to change as I’ve researched the topic thoroughly and can recommend the best solution for treating lower back pain. What is it? Let’s find out.

Why Do We Have Sore Backs?

Long gone are the days when life was thought to be pain free. No, people shouldn’t have to endure any sort of physical pain in their daily lives, but the prominence of general pain is becoming more and more widespread with each day that passes. It seems that our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is the cause for the sudden surge in body pain.

We often find ourselves stuck in front of televisions and computers, and many popular activities require sitting for extended periods, such as going to the movies. It is wise to not get into these habits, but that is easier said than done when our lives are starting to revolve around technology. This can make it rather difficult to break old habits and make fresh, healthy choices. The problem is further complicated with the presence of pain as we’re unlikely to do physical activity while in pain.

Back pain can also be caused by injuries. Oftentimes, the workplace is the source of injury and back pain is often debilitating enough to stop working altogether (or change from a physical position to a less intense job). Doing this actually further complicates matters because idle bodies tend to become stiff, less mobile, and gradually build a restricted range of motion. Fortunately, there is a solution to all of this that I will reveal shortly.

How to Treat Lower Back Pain

For the greater majority of those experiencing lower back pain, it’s not uncommon to reach for over the counter medicines. General painkillers can provide short term relief that often gets individuals through the day, but can cause a crippling dependency on these pills. Over time, extended use of over the counter pain relief medicines can become addictive and will begin to do more damage than good.

It’s also not uncommon to look towards herbal therapy as a means to pain relief. Yes, there are herbs available that reportedly treat pain very effectively. Two of these are turmeric and black licorice root, which both have anti inflammatory properties and treat the cause of pain rather than mask it like painkillers do. The problem with herbal therapy is that the cost is generally significantly higher than many would be prepared to spend.

Also, the claims associated with herbal therapy aren’t recognized by the federal government’s drug administration. They sometimes aren’t the best tasting either! This can make people rather hesitant about approaching herbs and force people to reach for the more convenient, but harmful option mentioned above.

What Else is Available?

There have been considerable advances in the treatment of lower back pain in recent years. The availability of various gizmos and tools is staggering, but I can confidently say they’re not needed. There is a method of pain relief available that doesn’t require the user to purchase any unproven devices.

It is known as the MELT Method and its practices are based on those found in chiropractic settings. The program is also recognized by attendees of Harvard Medical School. It is well-reviewed and is available in both digital and physical books, which users read and apply the instructions to their affected areas. The relief isn’t just limited to the lower back!

One user was so overwhelmed by the program that she would confidently recommend it to anyone. Here is what she had to say:

Like her, I would have no hesitation about recommending the MELT Method to prospective buyers and firmly believe in the principles behind it. You have nothing to lose other than pain!

Read our MELT Method review to know how you could start living a pain free life.

Chronic Neck Pain: Is There Relief?

neck-pain1_6[1]

According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) 40% of Americans feel that some form of continual pain is merely a part of aging, and that half of Americans believe pain to be “part of life”. Medication is not fully trusted, since 30% say that the fear of addiction is greater than the fear of continued pain – and twice as many wouldn’t communicate the pain to a medical professional. Amazingly, one out of every three Americans experiences chronic neck pain, with many deciding not to take a course of action.

Types of Neck Pain

Neck pains come with a dizzying number of cohorts, since the neck is the go-between for the head and the body – so pain can come from either end. Some serious diseases, such as meningitis, begin as neck pain. Migraine sufferers sometimes complain of ‘sinus headaches’ and chronic neck pain, so that treatments are delayed.

Neck pain also combines with vertigo, lymph node swelling, and even pains shooting down the arm, so that it’s hard to distinguish when a sufferer ‘just’ has chronic neck pain and when a heart attack is happening. Pinched nerves and back pain can mean just that, or kidney failure. Many of those suffering from auto-immune diseases, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, complain of chronic neck pain due to muscle issues.

Common Causes

Calling work-related pain “musculoskeletal disorders”, a 2008 study posted by the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association said that there is certainly a common link between computer use and chronic neck pain. While the numbers seemed to fluctuate around 20% to 30% of all computer users, the study was unclear as to the exact causes. Posture played a part, having to stay stationary at a desk was another factor, and poor ergonomic design may have contributed significantly. Office workers seemed to suffer the most, and numbers shifted dramatically into the 45% to 63% range. More pain was linked to a combination of work sitting and leisure sitting, while it seemed clear that movement in off-hours helped to mitigate the “occupational risk factor” of being bound to the computer.

(According to the same study, it’s not just Americans who suffer. A significant part of the $860 million spent in the Netherlands on sick leave, disability and low productivity was blamed on the neck-and-shoulders region.)

Minimizing Risk

Some of the more obvious solutions, as posted by the AOA, might be what mothers have been telling their children for years. Sit up straight. Do stretches slowly, you’re not in a race. Stand tall. If it hurts, slap an ice pack on it (or a heating pad). Don’t hunch over your computer.

It is over the course of years that risk tends to pile up. Everyday Health pointed out that all of these factors are legitimate (especially poor posture). All mothers may not know, however, that the spinal discs cushioning vertebrae and keeping them from wearing each other out, can slip or wear out themselves. That’s when the real issues begin. Bony spurs grind down on nerves, and the pain cycle starts. Fortunately, the article pointed out a doctor’s assurance that 90% of neck pain is quite treatable by a mixture of exercise, rest and physical therapy.

Common Types of Treatment

Rest can include anti-inflammatory medication, which can be purchased quite easily without a prescription. Ibuprofen, Aleve, Tylenol, Advil, and Motrin are still top sellers. Unfortunately,Consumer Reports says that while Ibuprofen and Aleve can be effective at an affordable price, studies seem to indicate that these “nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs” put people at risk for contracting heart issues if overused. In any case, chronic neck pain may not be effectively dealt with merely by taking pain medication. Consumer Reports added that prescription medications didn’t seem to help people gain any better hold over chronic pain issues, but elevated the risk for addiction, vertigo, and exhaustion issues.

Objection to pills and ‘chemicals’ can keep people from temporary relief, but there is chiropractic care and massage. ABC News ran a report in 2012 saying that exercise and chiropractic care was up to twice as effective as just medication – 30% of sufferers said they had become “pain free”. However, the BBC disagreed, saying in June 2012 that “spine manipulation” could also lead to a low-level stroke because of physical damage done to neck arteries during adjustment. The key to the study was high-speed, twisting motions that some chiropractors have abandoned in their practices, preferring muscle relaxation prior to adjustment.

Alternative treatments for chronic neck pain are also gaining popularity and have proven to be effective for many. An example is the MELT method which is a form of self-therapy using tissue massage and stretching. For further information, you may refer to our review on this type of treatment: http://curechronicpain.org/melt-method-stress-relief-stress-worth/

Medical Dealings with Chronic Neck Pain

More intense chronic neck pain can be linked to serious health issues, such as ‘frozen shoulder’, pinched nerves due to spinal damage from whiplash, old collar bone fractures, tendonitis, or various types of degenerative muscular disease.

In these cases, the big medical guns have to come out, because none of these are well treated by a few pills or adjustments. As pointed out by WebMD, x-rays can show slipped spinal discs or fractures, possible tumors or other unknown quantities, and the effects of arthritis. For muscle issues that can’t be seen on x-ray, there’s always an MRI scan or an EMG. Steroid and cortisol injections are sometimes prescribed, and surgery in extreme cases.

Chronic neck pain can be a symptom of itself or something much deeper, which makes causes and cures rather difficult to define. When in doubt, it’s best to ask a professional about that old tennis shoulder injury, or the car accident from 10 years ago, rather than just buying another bottle of Ibuprofen. You can always buy it after an appointment with your doctor, or after seeing a demonstration of a Jacuzzi tub. It could be an investment in your health.

MELT Method: Stress Relief or More Stress Than It’s Worth?

sue-side-length[1]

Long gone are the days when life was simple. Nowadays, it seems we’re all bombarded with a never-ending list of chores that always seems to have more added to it! It’s easy to see why many of us are becoming stressed, overburdened, and living our lives in pain. Fortunately, there are several products to answer our cries for help, but nothing is more promising than the MELT Method. Understandably, something as easy to do as this method can awaken our inner skeptics and I’m here to put your minds to rest. I’ve done quite a bit of research into this technique and can confidently reveal my findings. Does it work? Let’s find out.

What is It?

The Melt Method is a form of self-therapy. Users treat themselves in the privacy of their own homes using tissue massage and stretching. In its most basic form, it is a way for sufferers of chronic pain to alleviate their day-to-day issues through massaging the body’s connective tissue. According to the developer of the program Sue Hitzmann, chronic pain is a form of “trapped stress” (that Hitzmann refers to as “stuck stress”). Massaging and manipulating the body’s connective tissue is believed to release these “traps” and restore the body’s natural elasticity, which in turn eliminates pain.

Requirements

According to several reviews on Amazon and other sources on the Internet, this method requires a foam roller and small, soft stability ball to complete the techniques. These are not included with the paperback book or digital downloads, so must be purchased separately.

How Does It Work?

It targets the human body’s neurofascial system. While this term isn’t explicitly used in the medical community, programs such as this have caused the neurofascial system to become more commonplace in medical terminology. The term was first used in chiropractic settings some time around the millennium to describe the connective tissue in the lumbar and pelvic regions, which are found around the lower back. Chiropractors aim to relieve chronic pain in the lower back by manipulating the connective tissue in these regions. This system works similarly to this but extends the neurofascial system to all of the connective tissues throughout the human body.

When the neurofascial system is manipulated, the body’s tissues become hydrated and expel lactic acid alongside other bodily waste. These are the building blocks of “trapped stress” that allow our body’s aches and pains to build up over time. When left to dehydrate, our tissues become hardened and experience cellular damage, which in turn can affect surrounding muscles, bones, and organs. However, when rehydrated, our pains quickly disappear and the body’s natural elasticity is restored. This is believed to slow the ageing process and repair repetitive stress injuries.

Will I Get Hurt?

This is one of the most common concerns expressed by individuals considering it. While it is a self-help program, there are several locations that offer clinics across the United States. They are mostly concentrated in the northeastern and southwestern states, but are gradually making their way across the country. Clinic participants receive one-on-one and group instruction to teach the fundamentals while under the watchful eyes of an experienced instructor.

That said, it is endorsed by several leading doctors and practitioners in the connective tissue field, including Jean Pierre Barral, D.O.; Ben Domb, M.D.; Gil Hedley, Ph.D.; Tom Myers; and Robert Schleip, Ph.D. I don’t think these well-educated individuals would attach their name to something that could potentially damage their reputations!

Why Do We Experience Chronic Pain And How Is It Cured?

USA, New Jersey, Jersey City, Man sitting on bed

I can’t speak for your pain, but my personal experiences with chronic pain have driven me to various avenues for relief. Around the new millennium, I was involved in a sporting accident and tore my rotator cuff. Since that fateful day I’ve had restricted range of motion and a numbing, burning pain that lasts throughout the day and night. Needless to say, typing this is a bit of an ordeal for me, but I’d like to share my research on the topic of chronic pain. I also believe I’ve found the solution to not only my shoulder pain, but various other forms of chronic pain, including lower back pain. So, is there relief on the horizon? I firmly believe so.

What is Chronic Pain?

Unfortunately, there is no one universal definition for what constitutes chronic pain. The writers at WebMD believe chronic pain is an uncomfortable sensation that lasts longer than six months. However, they fail to define what exactly this sensation is in terms of pain. Is it mild or is it excruciating? Does it come and go or endure? The line of what actually defines chronic pain isn’t clear, but it’s undoubtedly something that affects a person’s life for a long while. It goes without saying that any pain is unwelcome pain, so I guess it doesn’t truly matter what’s actually involved in the semantics of defining chronic pain. The only thing that matters is getting rid of it altogether!

How is Chronic Pain Treated?

The standard way to treat chronic pain is by reaching for over the counter painkillers. While they’re effective for the short term, they can lead to even greater problems down the line. Painkillers tend to contain addictive chemicals, which causes the body to become dependent on them and will generally lead to increased doses over time. This is how I dealt with my shoulder pain for years. That is, until I realized the true damage I was doing to myself. As I ingested my daily servings of Tylenol, I gradually found that it was masking my shoulder pain less and less. As my pain increased, so did my painkiller intake. I ended up taking well-over the daily suggested amount on a regular basis, then realized something had to be done.

What’s the Issue with Painkillers?

Most over the counter painkillers are based on acetaminophen in North America or paracetamol in Europe. These were once known as the most effective painkillers, but recent research has suggested that they aren’t all that great after all. The FDA in the United States has recently proposed setting limits on the amount of acetaminophen that can be purchased at any one time. This restriction already exists in other countries, such as the United Kingdom where buyers can only buy up to 32 tablets in a single transaction.

The reason for this proposal is acetaminophen has been found to be a contributor to liver damage and can almost triple the risk of cirrhosis in those who heavily consume alcohol. In our alcohol friendly western world, this is a risk that can’t be ignored. I don’t personally drink alcohol, but I can only imagine the amount of damage I did to my liver as my dependence on Tylenol increased.

How Else is Pain Treated?

There are several methods of treatment on the market today. Many users look towards natural therapies as a means to pain relief. These do indeed work. Herbal therapy is particularly popular within the pain relief scene and was the key to lowering my budding Tylenol addiction. Turmeric and black licorice root are two herbal ingredients with anti inflammatory and pain relief properties. I steeped these herbs into teas and consumed them regularly throughout the day. Gradually, I found myself reaching for painkillers less and less. The TENS unit is also a popular choice and “beams” wearers with electronic signals, which effectively block the path of pain signals. Are these the best solutions? Possibly, but I believe I’ve come across something even more effective.

The MELT Method

The MELT Method targets the neurofascial system in the human body. This is a network of connective tissues, which are typically dehydrated and hardened. This is the cause of chronic pain. By using practices found in chiropractic settings, the MELT Method re-hydrates the body’s connective tissues and effectively alleviates pain. It works, too! Here is what a few users have had to say about MELT Method:

“I have only been doing MELT for a month but for the first time in YEARS I have no neck pain (likely caused from hours on a computer every day). I am a skeptic at heart and am still working my way through the book with the assistance of a wonderful certified MELT instructor so I feel that I need to continue to practice/learn the sequences until I’m fluent with them. If the pain remains at bay and I can be completely pain free for months/years then I will be a 100% believer in this method! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend MELT to anyone…you have nothing to lose but pain with out a large investment!” – G. Blyth of Portland, Oregon (Product Review from Amazon)

“Very easy to understand and follow. I am a senior and with very little effort I am improving my balance and have less joint pain.”  – Taffy Tucker (Product Review from Amazon)

Read our full review on the MELT Method and learn how you can benefit from it: http://curechronicpain.org/melt-method-stress-relief-stress-worth/