Updated: Jun 21
There are several proven, non-drug pain control tools and systems that can really help improve our daily lives significantly. In today's post let's rundown some of the better, but often overlooked ones our practice often recommends. Don't forget you likely will benefit from guided combinations of what we discuss here today. *Remember though every patient is different so please always check with your personal physician.
Hot and Cold therapy:
Placing a microwaveable heating pad on the affected area can help relax the muscles and reduce pain. This is usually better for more chronic conditions, time limited to 20 min max.
Alternatively, cold therapy with an ice pack can help cut pain and reduce inflammation again 20 min max. When in doubt ice before heat is usually best.
Daily at home exercise:
Your personalized exercise plan and physical therapy techniques can help strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce pain. Do not underestimate the power of being very diligent here. In our practice we will dedicate time at your request to advise, teach and review for you on which exercises most appropriate for your condition.
Massage can help relax muscles, improve blood circulation, and reduce pain. Some of these we can even do for ourselves. Different techniques such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy can be used depending on the type and location of the pain. With regard to massage therapists, be very selective on who you choose and know their training and qualifications.
Mind and Body Techniques:
Practices such as meditation, breathing exercises, and guided imagery can help promote relaxation and reduce the perception of pain. These techniques are especially useful for managing chronic pain. These are best used upon arising in the morning and before bed. Staying aware of these tools all day long can really hep improve the quality of our lives.
This portable machine which many of our private practice patients own is also used in our clinics and research studies. The NDGen delivers programable electrical signals through electrodes attached to the skin to stimulate nerves and reduce pain, tingling and numbness. It is commonly used for conditions such as neuropathy, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. For our patients, there is lots of guidance and training videos inside reception room.
These are creams, gels, or patches that are applied directly to the skin for pain relief. We have specific patient applications depending upon targeting healing, neuropathy care or inflammation. There is no one size fits all here so please ask us what's best for you! Be very careful of ads and pitches you'll be bombarded with on Facebook!
Targeted dietary changes & supplementation: This is one area where professional guidance can be extremely helpful. We often see many patients get into difficulty with what to use, if anything, what are potential side effects that may actually be harmful, potential drug interactions and more. Doctor Hayes also has a degree in clinical nutrition and has helped personalize testing and nutrition plans patients for many years ~
Other Options: Our patients & licensed physicians also have access to some other incredible home care tools including infrared systems, wearable laser in many configurations, vibration therapy and so much more. All you need to do is reach out and schedule an in person or virtual visit.
Consult with your own physician or inside our private practice to determine the best approach for your particular situation. While these methods are effective for many people, they may not work for everyone or for all types of pain. Do not minimize the positive effect your daily pain control tools will have on your quality of life! As always we welcome your comments and questions! Thank you for letting is be a part of your healthcare team. As always, physician applications to join and license our treatment centers are available.