Alternative Medicine

From the Mayo Clinic Website

Complementary and alternative therapies for pain and stress management aren’t new. Some, such as meditation and yoga, have been practiced for thousands of years. But their use has become more popular in recent years, especially with people who have chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia.

Several of these treatments do appear to safely relieve stress and reduce pain, and some are gaining acceptance in mainstream medicine. But many practices remain unproved because they haven’t been adequately studied. Some of the more common complementary and alternative treatments promoted for pain management include:

  • Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a Chinese medical system based on restoring normal balance of life forces by inserting very fine needles through the skin to various depths. According to Western theories of acupuncture, the needles cause changes in blood flow and levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord. Some studies indicate that acupuncture helps relieve fibromyalgia symptoms, while others show no benefit.
  • Chiropractic care. This treatment is based on the philosophy that restricted movement in the spine may lead to pain and reduced function. Spinal adjustment (manipulation) is one form of therapy chiropractors use to treat restricted spinal mobility. The goal is to restore spinal movement and, as a result, improve function and decrease pain. Chiropractors manipulate the spine from different positions using varying degrees of force. Manipulation doesn’t need to be forceful to be effective. Chiropractors may also use massage and stretching to relax muscles that are shortened or in spasm. Because manipulation has risks, always go to properly trained and licensed practitioners.
  • Massage therapy. This is one of the oldest methods of health care still in practice. It involves use of different manipulative techniques to move your body’s muscles and soft tissues. The therapy aims to improve blood circulation in the muscle, increasing the flow of nutrients and eliminating waste products. Massage can reduce your heart rate, relax your muscles, improve range of motion in your joints and increase production of your body’s natural painkillers. It often helps relieve stress and anxiety. Although massage is almost always safe, avoid it if you have open sores, acute inflammation or circulatory problems.

8 Responses to Alternative Medicine

  1. Kolin says:

    Acupuncture is not quite that pomoaga is still sensational affects the mood :)

  2. Jane says:

    I always respond well to Fibromyalgia acupuncture as well as dry needling, but it amazes me that my sister who also has Fibro gets absolutely no relief with acupuncture but counts dry needling as one of her favorite Fibromyalgia treatments. It’s amazing and weird all at the same.

    • It’s great to hear what works for people because we don’t all respond to the same treatments the same way. Massage therapy works for me, but some people can’t stand to be touched because of the pain.

      ~ Michelle

  3. Eden Rivera says:

    Massage therapy is totally relaxing. It’s a good alternative to relieve stress and body muscle pains. I love having massage specially if I’m too stressed with my work. I lightens my feeling.

  4. You’re absolutely right in your point that though medical science is developing, some alternative therapies is ever live and most used. All three topics mentioned there in the post is really excellent!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I’m definitely a big fan of massage therapy. As your blog stated, massages are fairly safe IF carried out by someone experienced. From headaches to backaches, a good massage has worked for me.

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