Chronic pain is a mental burden as much as a physical one. Thankfully, there are several proven pain reduction therapies which can treat our pain and have us ready to conquer another day.
Whether harnessing traditional medicine or trialling a more progressive technology, each of the following approaches is shown to be effective when used in the appropriate context.
Hot and Cold Therapies
Hot and cold have long been used in pain treatment, and for one good reason; they work. Generally speaking, heat eases muscular pain or stiffness, while cold combats acute injuries, inflammation and swelling.
Applying heat stimulates circulation, flooding an area with oxygen while simultaneously relaxing the muscle. Cold treatments, on the other hand, reduce blood flow, halt swelling and inflammation, thus stem the onset of pain.
If they are used either within a short time of sustaining an injury or in easing ongoing muscular trauma, they will bring rapid, continued relief.
Multiple studies have shown exercise is perhaps the single most effective pain treatment. Firstly, physical activity encourages the release of endorphins, which are nature’s most effective painkiller. Moreover, exercise can improve the quality of our sleep; a crucial element in both recovery, as well as staying in a positive frame of mind.
Finally, exercise maintains muscle tone, strength and mobility – offering our bodies additional support as we try to compensate for any damaged tissue.
Much in the same way as exercise, acupuncture induces the release of endorphins, helping reduce pain almost instantaneously. Acupuncturists target specific trigger points stimulating the nerve endings around the muscle, which can initially create a dull ache before going on to ease the suffering.
Acupuncture is the treatment of choice for many individuals and athletes alike. It is effective in all manner of conditions not limited to back pain, cramps, carpal tunnel, even certain arthritic complaints – among multiple others.
Massage offers more than just a way to relax; it is shown to ease chronic neck and back pain, as well as easing tension in the muscles. Massage stimulates blood flow to the treated area, relaxing the muscle fibres – much in the same way as heat therapy – and reducing the presence of toxins which can prolong suffering for extended periods.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation – or TENS – employs electrical currents to effectively numb pain. Electrodes deliver a low-voltage current to the pain source, which interrupts the pain signals usually sent to the brain to ‘mask’ the discomfort.
While an effective way of temporarily removing pain, it is not recommended as a treatment per se; and is certainly not suitable for those with chronic conditions.
MBST is the perfect therapy for those looking for long-term relief from chronic pain, joint issues such as arthritis or osteoporosis, or if you’re recovering from injury.
MBST leverages MRI technology to stimulate cell regeneration within the tissue itself, making it 100% non-invasive and entirely risk-free. It’s shown to be highly effective in the right context; hence, it has been in use for over 17 years having first originated in Germany.