Going beyond pain myths to find real health solutions
Pain is defined as "An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage."
No doubt, pain is difficult to live with. It occupies a lot of our thoughts and experiences, as we search for the best way to handle it. Over the counter pain relief medication and specialised pain-killing drugs are major money makers for various multinational pharmaceuticals. However, how well do they really work?
Our fast-paced, "quick fix" lifestyle seems to discourage a holistic approach to wellness. Feeling pain? No problem, take a pill and call me in the morning, sort of speak.
In reality, pain is a symptom caused by an underlying problem, not the problem itself. That's why big pharmaceuticals are quite discreet in their promotion of temporary relief solutions, or "symptomatic relief". Still, knowing that serious issues require meaningful, professional medical advice and treatment, it is your responsibility to think past the pain and confront the root causes head on.
We have been led to believe that pain is a natural, inevitable part of aging. This may be the worst myth of all. However, it's up to you to pursue solutions that decrease or even eliminate it.
Physiotherapy is one option for alleviating pain, regardless of age or current health status. We are well-positioned to offer treatment and therapy options, which can put you on the road to a pain-free life.
Here are some ideas:
- Exercise: Eliminate the stigma of non-movement with a supervised and eventually non-supervised physical exercise regime. For example, sufferers of lower back pain need specific exercises to reduce the flare-ups that occur. The overall goal being healthier joints, discs, muscles and ligaments.
- Visualization exercises and better breathing techniques: Calm and serenity is best achieved with deep breathing exercises that reduce stress factors, which are a major source of muscle tension and inflammation.
- Cold and heat therapy: Cold is often more effective and offers longer lasting pain relief than heat. Cold is the best option for decreasing pain and swelling in the first 48 hours following acute injury. Still, heat can reduce pain by improving blood circulation to skin and muscles and making people less sensitive to it.
In any case, first seek professional advice.
Feeling good about yourself necessarily involves pain-free living. Nobody wants to be limited by curable conditions, so speak to us today on +(353)-87-295-9662 and be proactive about your health.
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- Back pain
Most people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is common among athletes who strain their back muscles or it may be the result of spinal injuries such as fractures or sprains.
- Isn't physiotherapy painful?
Some people are under the misconception that physiotherapy is painful, and for this reason they may shy away from receiving treatment.
- Pain management
Pain can be managed effectively in a number of ways, but since chemical treatments are the most popular form of pain management, we often turn to those first.
- Rotator cuff exercises for reducing pain
When a rotator cuff injury occurs, it can be very painful and healing can be slow. Physiotherapy can help with exercises that strengthen the muscles and reduce pain.
- Knee pain and exercise
The athlete who continues to exercise incorrectly with knee pain could be doing great harm. In serious cases, medical treatment may be necessary.
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