The bulk of prescriptions pharmacists get daily are for addressing body pain including advanced pain relief, neck pain relief or back pain relief. This defines chronic pain as a very major bane to modern society.
Here are some of the modalities used to address chronic pain today:
- Massage – The number of adherents for massage therapy or sometimes called physiotherapy are growing by the day. These people are convinced (and some have actually benefited from it) that massage therapy is truly a potent therapy for relieving neck and back pain. Some people immediately after work go to a massage clinic and get a massage that relaxes them and lulls them to sleep. After this rest they become reenergized. Massage offices are now ubiquitous in many commercial areas including shopping malls hotels airports health centers and spas.
- Capsaicin – This type of therapy is not as popular as massage. Capsaicin is the substance that gives chili peppers their zing. They now are created in cream form and used on the sore back of the neck or back. The effect of this treatment is that is neutralizes the effect of a neuro-chemical called substance P, which causes pain to be amplified. Capsaicin like liniment helps to relieve the pain in the neck and back.
- Alexander Technique – The Alexander technique is all about good posture as it bases its assumption of neck or back pain to be the result of years of poor posture. If good posture is constantly applied, the pain in the neck and back will eventually go away permanently. Studies have actually proven that bad posture like slouching can develop to shoulder and neck stress which lead to the shrinking of the muscles and thus limited mobility.
- Acupuncture Orlando – Acupuncture is a very popular treatment that originated thousands of years ago in China. It has been used exactly for painful body conditions including neck and back pain. This modality was introduced in the US in the 1970’s for the treatment of pain. It is a very powerful pain reliever and sometimes used in surgeries that requires the patient to be conscious while under operation. The underlying theory of acupuncture is that the reason for pain lies in energy that does not move or slowly moves around the body due to blockages that have developed in the energy vessels called meridians. Needles are then applied to remove the blockage(s) to allow blood and energy to travel once again freely. Millions of people today have benefited from acupuncture and it is quite effective that many medical doctors have trained in this healing art to become practicing acupuncturists themselves. For chronic pain patients, regular sessions of acupuncture are needed to help manage their pain much better.