Be You Own Back Pain Management Specialist
Is it possible to be your own back pain management specialist? All of us you have suffered from a herniated disc, sciatica pain and chronic back pain know how much the pain can take over your life. We search for ways to relieve the pain or at least calm it down so we can live our life to the fullest. I am sure you have gone through many a bottle of pain killer over the counter and prescription. You have probably seen several doctors had MRI, physical therapy and even surgery and still the pain persist. I recently talk to a person whose brother has had four back surgeries. That is right four! Is he pain free? No, in fact he is worse off than before he had the first operation. He certainly is in need of pain management.
Pain is very subjective and in many cases difficult to treat. Many times patient suffering from non-specific pain is often dismissed by their doctors. These physicians have been trained to look for organic causes. So what is a person to do? Well the short answer is they need to become their own pain management specialist.
I strongly believe that the days of totally relying on a health care specialist to cure all our ills and pain are over. Health care is expensive, whether it's a private or government program. Today with the internet it's possible to find information on every possible medical subject. Now I am not endorsing become your own doctor. What I am saying is that we can have the best of both worlds: the care of a competent doctor and our own health advocate or coach. Our wellness or health is in our hands and we must be responsible for managing our health and that also includes pain management.
So what can we do to become our own pain management specialist? Let us look at pain management tools that we can use to lessen and eliminate pain. These methods are non-evasive. No self diagnosis or do it your elf surgery here.
1. Exercise-There are many exercise programs available. Some are as simple as swimming, yoga, Qigong and walking. Exercising as be proven to be a very pain management method. Just be sure to start slow and gradually increase the duration and intensity. As your own pain management coach learn to really listen to your body.
2. Manipulation: Massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, osteopathy, acupuncture are all types of manipulation designed to relieve stress and pressure on your body. There is a lot of evidence support touch whether it is done be a professional or a friend as being very effective in managing pain.