Easy Ways for Senior’s to Deal with Pain

By: Bel Marra Health | Pain Management | Monday, February 13, 2012 - 05:02 AM

Deal with PainUnfortunately, as people age their bodies tend to become more susceptible to pain. The little aches and pains that were quick to dissipate earlier in life now hang around a little longer. And as trends change, acupuncture and physiotherapy could provide some relief .

The American Chronic Pain Association outlines that when it comes to pain relief there are a few essential things to do to perhaps avoid physiotherapy and achieve pain relief. It suggests that relaxation is an essential part of coping with pain by preventing tension in the body and helping to take the mind off the pain.

Medical and non-medical treatments are available, so the right diagnosis and course of action is essential to offer the best results. How you choose to deal with pain relief depends on what you’re comfortable with and what you believe in. Some choose to use medicine, while others prefer newer tactics like acupuncture and physiotherapy (some people decide against physiotherapy due to potential for discomfort). There are also natural pain remedies that work for some.

To effectively deal with pain, specialists agree that it’s important to have a detailed discussion with your doctor. Letting them know exactly what you’re feeling and the affected areas will help them come up with the best form of treatment. The more specific you can be the better equipped the doctor is to diagnose your issues and help you get the right care.

Another thing to consider when it comes to pain relief is to properly use the medication that’s been prescribed. Doctors warn against playing with the dosages, abrupt stoppage or not giving the medication enough time to take effect.

Aging can be difficult because, in addition to trying to achieve pain relief, you may be forced to take certain measures that will impact appearance. For example, using a cane or walker can reduce the pain you feel by limiting the pressure on your joints. Specialists say that most people become self-conscious about using these devices because it makes them feel old. However, it’s important to consider the health benefits these devices offer.

That’s where more alternative treatments like acupuncture and physiotherapy come into play for pain relief.

In addition to traditional and medical forms of pain relief, there are also newer and non-medicinal treatments available in addition to naturopathic alternatives including acupuncture and physiotherapy. Acupuncture, physiotherapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation offer unique ways to treat pain and re-train the body and achieve pain relief.

– Acupuncture therapy is a Chinese method of pain relief that uses small pins to release natural pain killing endorphins. In acupuncture treatment the acupuncture specific needles are placed in specific areas of the body to trigger the response.

– Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (tens) works by placing electrodes on the skin surrounding the area where the pain is found. They then shoot small electric currents to relax the area and relieve pain.

– Physiotherapy works to retrain the nerves in the body to function normally and respond without pain. Doctors say physiotherapy is a rigorous process, but is capable of rendering results.

Achieving pain relief can be a difficult task, but there are many methods available to provide some relief. Acupuncture and physiotherapy are common ones, but look into the best one for you.

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