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Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Health Hub, Uncategorized |


Chronic pain

Chronic pain, whether from hip or knee pain, osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis or bursitis, can be get in the way of quality of life.  Chronic pain can lead to mobility restrictions, poor sleep and challenges with every day tasks.

Effective pain management requires an tailored approach.  Every person is different and your experience of pain will not be the same as someone else’s.  Our approach includes both physical and emotional support and complementary take-home treatment options.

The Issue with Opiods

Opiods (pain medication) can play an important role in an individual’s care plan and can be effective in the short term to ease intense pain. However, they also present with potential and serious side effects and the risk of addiction when taken over an extensive period of time.  For example, many commonly taken non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers and stomach issues. They can also present serious complications for individuals suffering with kidney or heart conditions, fluid retention or high blood pressure.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can deplete nutrients from the body and lead to other potential health complications.

Natural therapies and chronic pain

Natural therapies such as remedial massage, acupuncture, naturopathic and herbal medicine offer an effective alternative. These therapies have a long history in effective pain management for chronic pain sufferers.

Nutrition is important too.  The modern Western diet can lead to and worsen inflammatory conditions. Individuals with chronic and inflammatory conditions tend to present with deficiencies in Magnesium (natural muscle-relaxant that also helps to block pain receptors); Vitamin D (complements calcium in building strong bone; immune strengthening); Vitamin B12  and Omega fatty acids (anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and neurological support).  Bach Flower remedies that include Impatiens, or Rescue Remedy, can also help ease pain and pain-related anxiety without side effects.

A Naturopath can guide you through the health maze by ensuring that any supplements or herbal medicines work together with, and don’t contraindicate, medications you may be on.

Topical Magnesium Oils can also be helpful in the easing of muscular tension and fatigue, as well as relieving other stress-related symptoms.

For more information or to speak to one of our qualified health professionals, contact us on 9797 0422,

~ Rosa Ghidella