Chronic Pain & Alternative Pain Therapies
Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Safe, Quick Pain Relief
Address the Root Cause
Pain is the #1 reason people go to the doctor, and one of the top reasons they seek out an integrative practitioner.
An Integrative Medical Approach to Chronic Pain
There are two ways to approach chronic pain.
One is to treat the symptoms (temporarily cover it) and the other is to treat the root cause (fix it).
Pain is a symptom, or effect of something wrong. For effective resolution of pain, treatment should be directed at the root cause. At NIHA we focus on fixing the problem. When the root cause of pain is properly addressed, the symptoms often disappear. The symptoms may appear as muscle/joint pain, fatigue, headache or other dysfunction. The actual problem may be infection, nutritional, structural, or toxicity.
Integrative doctors look at the whole body to locate the cause of pain. Pain may be local, but can often be referred; that is, your knee pain may be a symptom of something else going on in your body, like a back problem or a chronic dental infection. The knee may hurt but the source of the pain may be elsewhere.The mind/body connection may need to be addressed as part of your healing.
The best treatment plan may be a multi-faceted, integrative approach and may incorporate therapies to address the cause of pain on a physical, spiritual, and emotional level. Integrative medicine incorporates the use of drugs and surgery when appropriate but also strives to understand the root cause of the pain and facilitate natural healing.
Integrative and Alternative Pain Therapies
Oxygen therapies: HBOT Hyperbaric chamber, Steam Bath
Integrative Medicine strategies for chronic pain can be very effective. An integrative medicine approach requires the patient be actively engaged encouraging a reciprocal relationship with the doctor. Integrative Medicine views that the body is usually self-healing; the doctor merely helps remove the blocks and enhances the process.This is the miracle of healing!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Integrative Medicine has developed successful models to navigate efficient and effective treatment strategies to treat the many painful conditions.NIHA utilizes a four-component model in its approach.Pain is a threshold problem that typically involves more than one component and usually all four when the problem is complex.Multiple therapies directed at only one component usually net a poorer result and is ultimately more costly.NIHA can assess, treat and coordinate all four components of chronic pain simultaneously.
At your initial evaluation we do a complete history and clinical evaluation, lab work and functional assessments to determine the contributing causes of pain. We assess the four components of pain, which can be addressed simultaneously for optimal efficiency and effectiveness.
Physical/Structural component:consisting of therapies that primarily treat the muscles, joints, ligaments, bones and other connective tissues.
Metabolic/ Biochemical /Immunological component: represents therapies that suppress, enhance or supplement biochemical, metabolic and immunological reactions in the body.
Neurological/ Electro-magnetic component: represents therapies that focus on the autonomic nervous system, the energetic,functional nervous system which regulates the biochemical reactions of the cells and physical structures of the body.
Psycho-emotional, Mental, Bio-energetic, Intuitive component:represents therapies that focus on the emotional, spiritual, mind/body connection to healing on the many different levels.
Phase II treatment can include referrals for:
- Chronic infection evaluation and treatment
- Heavy Metal detoxification/toxic chemical detox evaluation and treatment
- Mental health program evaluation and treatment
- Allergy program evaluation and treatment