Pain conditions are one of the biggest reasons why patients visit their doctors. Often time, pain medications are prescribed, however many patients decide to forgo this route because of personal reasons, side effects, or they prefer natural treatments. Rather than prescribe based on pain alone, there are many types of treatment that takes into account the type, location, and severity of pain, therefore making sure the treatment is individualized and more effective. At Cypress Natural Medicine, there are many types of treatment to address pain:
Injection and IV Recommendations:
- Nutrient Injections and IVs
There are many nutrients that can be injected into the muscle or administered into the vein through an IV to decrease inflammation, decrease muscle spasms, to replenish lost electrolytes, and supply deficient nutrients, therefore decreasing pain. Some of these nutrients include magnesium, calcium, glutathione, B vitamins, vitamin C, selenium, PolyMVA, NAD, and alpha lipoic acid.
- Trigger Point Injection Therapy
Trigger point injection therapy involves the direct injection of nutrients into a trigger point, which is the hyperirritable spot in a muscle that is painful when compressed or when the muscle is contracted. Some patients notice pain relief immediately. Trigger point injections can be used to decrease pain from headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other acute and chronic pain due to muscle tension.
Prolotherapy, also known as Proliferative Therapy, Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction, and Regenerative Joint Injection, is a procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to repair and strengthen injured joints and connective tissue. A small amount of fluid is injected into the injured area to cause a small amount of inflammation. The inflammation encourages the growth of new collagen and supports the repair of the damaged tissue. Prolotherapy can be used in osteoarthritis, damaged ligaments and tendons, and other chronic joint pain conditions. Patients tend to notice a small to medium amount of discomfort for the next 1-2 days at the site of injection.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
PRP involves drawing the blood, separating the nutrients and growth factors from the red blood cells, and then injecting the nutrients and growth factors directly into the area of concern to strengthen, repair, and heal the tissue. PRP injections can be used to treat both acute and chronic pain conditions of the joint and connective tissue, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and damaged ligaments and tendons.
Cupping is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine technique that uses small glass jars as suction devices on the skin to break up congestion and stagnation of the blood and Qi (vital energy). Cupping can help decrease muscle tension and soreness, increase circulation, and help relax the mind. Some conditions that would benefit from cupping include neck, shoulder, back, and hip pain, headaches, lung congestion, anxiety, and many others.
- Reduce sugar, which inflammatory.
- Increase healthy fats such as avocados, walnuts, seeds, and omega 3 eggs.
- Increase organic fruits and vegetables; the more colorful the better.
- Reduce foods from the nightshade family, which includes white potatoes, bell peppers, tomatillos, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco, and paprika.
- Increase herbs and spices such as turmeric, black pepper, and ginger, which are anti-inflammatory and can increase circulation in the body.
Natural Home Remedies
- Epsom salt baths – Pour 3 cups of salt into a warm bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Epsom salt can help relax muscles, decrease inflammation, and increase circulation.
- Hydrotherapy – Alternating hot and cold water through a shower or bath is an excellent way to increase circulation and decrease inflammation.
- Essential Oils – Arnica, lavender, and peppermint are considered to be analgesics, which means they can help decrease pain. Dilute a few drops of each or all into a tablespoon of carrier oil (almond, coconut, jojoba oils) and massage the painful areas.
- Stress Management – Stress has been shown to increase pain, especially in the head, neck, and back. Incorporating stress management through meditation, exercise, journaling, or deep breathing can help decrease pain.
- Movement is very important because it allows the blood to circulate throughout the body and heal the injured areas. Yoga, stretching, tai chi, water aerobics are all excellent ways to stimulate circulation that are gentle on the body.
- Other types of treatment that can help with pain include massage, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and physical therapy. Guided imagery and hypnosis are also excellent ways to help the body experience a decrease in pain.
The above recommendations are just some basics. There are many other vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are also very effective at decreasing pain. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to create an individualized treatment plan for your specific concerns.
* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.
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