Ever suffered from back pain? Safe alternatives to drugs...
Not too long ago, my friend Randy came to me complaining of severe back, shoulder, and neck pain that had been plaguing her for many months. She was finding it difficult to sit at her desk for extended periods of time to do her work, and it was becoming harder for her to drive and even sleep.
Coincidentally, her husband also suffered from terrible chronic lower back pain, so, needless to say, the two of them together were pretty miserable!
Randy consulted her physician about her chronic pain. He prescribed pain medication, which, not surprisingly, didn't provide the relief she needed. Not to mention, she also found the side effects bothersome. She was so desperate for relief that she also considered trying physical therapy.
Fortunately, Randy has many acquaintances in the alternative health world, and she learned of a pain relief device that combined red light and infrared therapy. that she decided to try out. As it turned out, it made all the difference in the world. She used that therapy along with several anti-inflammatory and pain relief supplements that I told her about. She very quickly experienced great relief from her pain.Today, Randy and her husband are pain free and back to living full, robust lives.
Real Relief from Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is one of the top—if not the top—complaints that most doctors hear about from patients. If you suffer from any type of chronic pain, whether it's tension headaches, bursitis, back pain, arthritis, or anything else, you may feel frustrated that the only solution you are ever offered is prescription medication.
The good news is that the complementary medical community has a plethora of safe and natural therapies that work to alleviate pain.
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For acute and chronic musculoskeletal and joint pain, massage and myofascial trigger point therapy are amazing. And, when applied to the head, neck, and shoulders, these techniques significantly reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of chronic tension headaches (the most common type of headache), with benefits lasting as long as three weeks after treatment (Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy).
Contact the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (1-800-458-2267 or www.massagetherapy. corn) to find a therapist in your area.
Phototherapy LED-NIR light therapy, such as, the Verilux HappyLight Liberty 10,000 LUX Light Therapy Energy Lamp, is great for many kinds of pain, including acute and chronic musculoskeletal and joint pain, sprains, repetitive work injuries, wounds, and surgeries. The light from therapy-calibrated light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and near-infrared (NIR) rays can penetrate into soft tissue and accelerate healing, increase cellular metabolism, and relieve pain and stiffness (Photomedicine and Laser Surgery).
Pain Relief Lesson Learned from a Horse
One light therapy device I recommend is Light Relief. Apply over the painful area for 15 minutes at least twice daily.
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Monarchos is a Thoroughbred horse that won the 2001 Kentucky Derby. During training before the race, he got daily infratonic treatments with a device called the Equitonic, which provided significant improvement in the thickness and clarity of his joint fluid and in the speed with which his blood creatine phosphokinase (CPK) levels returned to normal (indicating faster healing of stiff, overworked muscles).
Infratonic technology is based on infrasonic sound waves, like the earthquake murmurs "heard" by seismographs that are able to travel great distances, even through solid obstacles.
In humans, infrasonic sound waves from the Infratonic on Amazon, and (www.soundvitality.com) penetrate superficial and deep tissue layers, coaxing disruptive beta and theta waves in stressed or inflamed tissues into therapeutic alpha waves.
Relief from chronic pain and stiffness of muscles and joints can be felt within minutes after a session, and the results are cumulative.
The following two topicals have been shown to be extremely effective in managing pain:
► Brazilian black sage. This topical salve is made from the Cordia shrub and is rich in phytochemicals called cordiaquinones, naphthoquinones, and artemin. It's at least as effective as the prescription NSAID diclofenac gel for tendonitis, joint pain, and muscle pain.
Healing herbs and anti-inflammatory supplements for pain relief
► Topical Traumeel is a homeopathic ointment that consistently outperforms NSAIDs in the treatment of painful soft tissue conditions. Gently apply the ointment to the affected area and cover for an hour with a piece of plastic wrap to encourage absorption. You can find this product in health food stores or on Amazon.
Oral Anti-Inflammatory Relief
The following supplements are safe, effective alternatives to over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers. You can take up to three or four together to get the desired effect. All of them are available at health food stores.
► Devil's claw is as effective as certain prescription pain killers. I recommend daily dosing with devil's claw standardized to 50-100 mg harpagoside.
► Turmeric is as effective as cortisone in the treatment of acute inflammation ( as reported in "Bio-chemical Pharmacology" Magazine). I recommend 250-500 mg of the extract standardized to 90-95 percent curcumin, taken three times daily between meals. This is a popular one on Amazon: Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine 1500mg.
► EGCG, a polyphenolic compound in green tea, reduces inflammation, slows cartilage breakdown in arthritis, and protects and promotes the healing of joint tissues (Journal of Nutrition). I recommend 400 mg daily, standardized to 90 percent total polyphenols. This brand seems to have had many favorable reviews: Green Tea Extract Supplement with EGCG & Vitamin C
► White willow bark is as effective for lower back pain as prescription Vioxx (American Journal of Medicine). I recommend 300 mg of white willow bark extract, standardized to 15 percent salicin, twice daily with food. You can try this popular brand: Pure White Willow Bark Extract Powder (250 grams)
I hope this will take care of all your pain problems. And then there's prayer which for me almost always works. If you want to be prayed for your pain or illness visit my Facebook page and send in a prayer request or questions you may have in the comments section. I do a live Facebook cast almost every week with another M. D. and also have a team of prayer warriors. So be sure to check my calendar, here. But it's best is if you can visit me when I do a healing session around the San Francisco Bay Area. That way I can pray for you in person.
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