For some people, pain comes after an injury and it goes away after a period of time. For others, the pain is chronic and can severely impact quality of life both physically and psychologically. There are some ways to cope with the chronic pain.
Pain can certainly impact quality of life. For relief, many people turn to nerve blocks, which are injections of steroids and local anesthetic directly into the nerve in the painful area. They can help some patients avoid surgery.
Yoga is a millennia old system combining breath control, meditation, and in the last 100 years, asana (AH-sun-uh) or physical postures, designed to improve health, well-being, and a greater mind-body connection. Since the late 1990’s, yoga as a physical practice has become a booming industry, and rightfully so. According to the American Osteopathic Association, the benefits are countless; not only can you expect to enjoy increased flexibility, balance, muscle strength and tone, improved cardiovascular health, and even weight reduction, “the relaxation techniques incorporated into yoga can lessen chronic pain.” How can you use yoga for chronic pain, and how does it work as an alternative treatment?
Chronic inflammation can lead to a host of diseases. The good news is that there are different things you can do every day to naturally reduce chronic inflammation and improve your overall health.
Imagine the moment the very first fire was lit. The caveman went to touch it – and immediately pulled his hand away. That self-preservation pathway is so fast, almost instantaneous, says Dr. Erin Waychoff, D.C., co-owner of Pain Stop North Phoenix with her husband, Clinic Director Dr. Pierce Waychoff, D.C.
“Inflammation” has become a medical buzzword.
As Prevention reports, “According to Nicholas Perricone, M.D, the pioneering nutritionist and dermatologist, our bodies actually depend on temporary inflammation to help fight off sudden injuries or infection. But when that inflammation becomes chronic, ‘the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive.’”