Chronic Pain

Overview

Chronic pain has become the most common health disorder in the US. It affects an estimated 85 million people in the US alone, and the cost to the country is in the region of $90 billion. Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts longer than six months. There is not necessarily a direct relationship between the actual sensation of pain and the way people receive it. Pain is a complex subjective experience. Often feelings of hopelessness and depression heighten the experience of pain, resulting in increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, increased respiration, and muscle tension. Central to controlling pain, the patient must take control of the situation, to some degree. Understanding the cause, nature, and mechanisms of pain increases the chances of the patient successfully handling the situation. Of critical importance is to eradicate any possibility that a patient is attempting to gain secondary benefits from the pain.

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Symptoms

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Frequent infections/illnesses
  • Shooting, burning, aching, or electrical feelings of pain
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Management

Management varies largely depending on the situation. The following are many of the managements that can be used either by themselves or in combination to managing many forms of chronic pain:

  • Facilitate endorphin secretion
  • Appropriate phytonutrient diet
  • Avoid any chemical/food allergies

Remove Toxins from the Body

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Magnetic field therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Nutritional supplementation: a very specific combination depending on your body's needs; usually involves natural/herbal supplements as well as traditional vitamins and minerals. Often suggested are high doses of vitamins that can be administered via intravenous therapy.

Bodywork

  • Massage
  • Trigger point injections with massage
  • Hand-held laser therapy and ultrasound
  • Body alignment through chiropractic adjustment including cranio-sacral therapy

Interventional Techniques

  • Hydrogen peroxide therapy
  • Mega-supplement IV's
  • Hyperbaric oxygen (expensive alternative)
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS)
  • Light beam therapy for lymphatic drainage
  • Infra-red sauna
  • Hydrotherapy with cold and hot compression
  • Aromatherapy
  • Negative magnetic field

At the Houston Wellness Clinic our doctor will start the management by finding the source of the problem. Our center does not just manage the symptoms; we find the real reason for the condition so that it will not reappear in the future.

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Learn more about how the Houston Wellness Clinic manages Chronic Pain.

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