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/