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Physical Therapy as Alternative Pain Relief

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While many pain relief medications come in the form of a pill, there are a number of alternative pain relief treatments available.

Always consult with your doctor before trying any new method of pain relief. Some alternative pain relief therapies may not be appropriate for you or may have serious side effects, even if they are non-pharmaceutical. There are many factors to be considered before undergoing any treatment, and your doctor can help figure out what might be best for you.

The American Chronic Pain Association advises pain sufferers to take an active part in their own rehabilitation. People should learn pain management and to know their role in how to regain control of their life in order to live with the symptoms of chronic pain.

While there is no specific cure to pain, physical therapy is very effective method of alternative pain relief. Dr. Hayes Wilson, MD recommends physical therapy to almost all of his patients because it teaches people how to take care of themselves. He believes in the cliché, “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and feed him for life.”

Physical therapists teach patients the self-management skills of pain management. Therapists encourage arthritis patients how to deal with pain in a day-to-day basis by showing them how to build up strength and improve range of motion, and how to make sensible decisions about activities to prevent arthritic flare-ups.

Please keep in mind that physical therapy is not intended to act as an elixir for pain, but rather, as an alternative pain relief treatment.

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