Did you know that September was Pain Awareness Month? Did you miss it? I sure did. While I might have missed this awareness, the opportunity to discuss pain management, drug free solutions is ideal any time, any month.
I thought I had one more day in September, but here it is October 1 already. Better late than never, though! So let’s get to it.
Because September was Pain Awareness Month, I want to bring to light the ways OptimaLiving Therapy can help with pain management, reducing pain and recover lost function without the use of medication or surgery. Pain accounts for approximately 80% of medical visits each year and more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain conditions.
With these statistics, it’s not surprising we find ourselves in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic. If not a pill or surgery, what do doctors have to offer? How is one to practice pain management without drugs? No worries, we have natural solutions that have been proven to work!
As an occupational therapy owned and operated clinic, we specialize in offering non-invasive, drug free solutions for pain and the loss of ability to engage in activities of daily living. We are certified in specialized techniques and have invested in high tech modalities that use various forms of energy to stimulate the body’s natural pain reduction and healing abilities. Here is a list of our top 5 solutions:
5 Solutions for Pain Relief
Acoustic Wave Therapy (Shockwave)
This high tech modality uses the power of concentrated sound waves to dissolve trigger points, stimulate circulation, disperse pain mediators, and stimulate stem cell activity and tissue repair. Patients experience immediate pain relief. Most muscle, tendon and joint conditions can be remedied in less than 10 treatments without any side effects.
Cold Laser Therapy (LLLT)
This modality uses the power of low level infrared light to stimulate cellar activity and immediately reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Cold laser has proven so effective in treating acute injuries that it has been endorsed by the New England Patriots and National Olympic Association. This treatment is completely pain free and has no side effects.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR is an advanced form of body work that targets fascia, the connective tissue that binds together muscle fibers, nerves, and organs and keeps our skin attached. Repetitive movements, injury and overuse can cause this interwoven fiber to become taut and tense. In addition, as we age, the changes we see in elasticity and suppleness on the outside of our body is also happening on the inside. As a result, our connective tissue and fascia is less lubricated and flexible. All of these factors contribute to fascial restrictions which cause pain and limit mobility. MFR is delivered with gentle, prolonged holds and specific movement patterns to release adhesions, impingements, and trigger points. It’s completely safe and comfortable, and is also relaxing and rejuvenating. And best of all, no side effects.
Yoga is an ancient form exercise that strengthens the body and relaxes the mind. The positive effects of regular yoga practice on health and wellbeing are extensively documented. At OptimaLiving, we have identified specific poses for strengthening and reducing tension in the pelvic floor and core.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM is a new range of tools which enable clinicians to efficiently locate and treat soft tissue adhesions and dysfunction that frequently develop in response to trauma, injury, repeated use or strain, immobility or surgery. IASTM is performed with ergonomically designed instruments that help the clinician detect and release fascial restrictions. The introduction of "microtrauma" by rapid rubbing or scraping the affected area stimulates a local inflammatory response and facilitates a cascade of healing activities that result in remodeling of the affected soft tissue structures. Supplementing this treatment with exercise and supporting modalities helps to alleviate pain and correct biomechanical deficiencies and imbalances.
If you are experiencing pain, there is no reason to continue to suffer. Make an appointment with one of our pain specialists below.