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Physical_Therapy_as_Alternative_Pain_Relief

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Physical Therapy as Alternative Pain Relief

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Summary:
Many people would do anything to find a relief for their pain. One of the
advantages of trying out a number of alternative pain relief remedies is
that you may find a pain relief treatment that works for you. However, it
is always best to consult a doctor before trying any alternative options.


Keywords:
Alternative Pain Relief


Article Body:
Many people suffer from chronic pain due to health conditions such as
arthritis and menstrual cramps. while others experience acute pain as a
result of injury or surgery. If you're a pain sufferer, you have plenty
of options to ease those pains. While most pain relief medications come
in the form of a pill, there are a number of alternative pain relief
treatments such as snake oil which is now sold various shapes and sizes.
However, before trying any of these pain relief approaches, always make
it a point to consult with your doctor. Some alternative pain relief
therapies may not be appropriate for you or may have serious side
effects, even if they are of the non-pharmaceutical type. There are
factors to be considered including medical condition as well as patient
history before undergoing any treatment.
Bear in mind that not all available options are perfect alternative pain
relief treatments. While a certain pain relief may work to some people,
the same remedy may not work with others. There are some pain relievers
that do not provide complete pain relief. You may have to try a number of
different strategies and combine some of them before finding an
acceptable level of pain relief. As with any treatment, there may also be
risks and side effects.
Many people would do anything to find a relief for their pains. One of
the advantages of trying out a number of alternative pain relief remedies
is that you may find a pain relief treatment that works for you. Penney
Cowan, executive director and founder of the American Chronic Pain
Association advises pain sufferers to take an acti ve part in their own
rehabilitation. People should learn pain management and to know their
role in how to regain control of their life in order to live with the
pain which seems to have taken over.
While there is no specific cure to pain, physical therapy is very
effective alternative pain relief and highly recommended. Hayes Wilson,
MD, chief rheumatologist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and national
medical adviser to the Arthritis Foundation, recommends physical therapy
to almost all his patients because it teaches people how to take care of
themselves. He believes in the cliché, “give a man a fish, and you feed
him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and feed him for life.”
Physical therapists are like fishing instructors who teach patients the
self-management skills of pain management. Therapists encourage arthritis
patients how to deal with pain in a day-to-day basis by showing them how
to build up strength and improve range of motion, and how to make
sensible decisions about activities to prevent a rthritic flare-ups.
However, keep in mind that physical therapy is not intended to act as an
elixir for pain, but rather, as an alternative pain relief treatment. In
the case of patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which can take 10
to 15 years off a patient's life, physical therapy serves only as a
supplement to immune-modulating drugs. While physical therapy can help
decrease inflammation in osteoarthritis, the condition could worsen if
swelling isn't fully addressed with the appropriate medicines.

								
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