February Wrap-Up For Holistic Pain

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February Wrap-Up For Holistic Pain

The Holistic Pain website is our platform for letting chronic pain patients know about natural treatments. We believe this holistic approach is often a missing link in the medical industry. The body is intrinsically connected to the mind and spirit and by only treating the physical symptoms the other aspects of you and your family’s health are largely ignored. We believe medicine can do better.

One of our primary goals is to provide the tools for a more comprehensive treatment plan. Our supplements are designed with specific conditions in mind but are only a small part of our mission. By remaining up-to-date on the latest information about medications, supplements, and alternative treatments, you can make the right decisions that will lead to better care and pain relief in your life.

Our blog is an extension of that mission. Let’s take a look at the posts we shared throughout February.

Managing and preventing opioid use

No one argues that there aren’t risks when taking opioid medications. It is imperative that someone who is prescribed these pain killers understand the risks and ways to prevent them. Common risks include addiction, health problems, overdose, and death. We highly encourage patients to create a pain management plan and work closely with their health care professional to mitigate risks. It is important to know that opioids can’t necessarily keep you pain or symptom free. Utilize other treatments so you are not reliant on opioids. Talk to your doctor about other medications to prevent unintended interactions. And, most importantly, never take more of the opioid medications than your doctor’s recommended dosage.

Recent research on pain killers

In our next February post we took a look at a number of studies conducted throughout 2014 regarding the use and efficacy of pain killers. We shared details about a study that showed the longer a patient is in rehabilitation for addiction the smaller their chance of a relapse. We looked at the possibility of a new drug that didn’t have the negative side effect of constipation as well as another study that looked at reducing breathing problems in patients using opioids. We also looked at some social studies that demonstrated how recipients of disability benefits were more likely to have issues with dependence on opioids. Another study showed how opioid medications and combining drugs was a factor in automobile fatalities.

When are opioids a good option?

While we highly recommend a conservative approach to the use of opioid medications, we do understand that there are real reasons to prescribe these medications. We believe that opioids should only be used for acute pain, terminal conditions, or when other therapies simply do not work. This post looked at some of the detailed reasons for this.

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week

After the serious topic of opioids, we decided to take a detour to learn more about Random Acts of Kindness Week. This annual event is designed for individuals to help others in their community or simply provide a kind word or gesture. We highly recommend this practice all year long.

Which Holistic Pain product will work best for me?

Next, we took a closer look at the various products we sell at Holistic Pain. These include natural formulas designed for bone and cartilage health, head pain, nerve health, and spine health. We also encourage patients to talk to their doctor about these and other supplements before adding them to their routines.

Protect your heart on Valentine’s Day

While the most popular February holiday is all about romantic love, in this post we encourage readers to remain mindful of their heart for American Heart Month in February.

Meditation makes it to the news

We started out this fun post talking about ways that mindfulness meditation has become mainstream over the last few years. The most interesting part was looking at how reporter Anderson Cooper was affected by incorporating mindfulness meditation into his daily routine.

What’s the difference between chiropractic, massage, and reiki?

Next in February, we compared and contrasted several touch-based therapies. We looked into chiropractic care, which focuses on the manipulation of the bones to bring them into the proper alignment and relieve tension and pain. Massage can be used as a therapeutic treatment by anyone. Finally, many people don’t truly understand the practice of Reiki in which the body’s own healing energy is used to restore balance.

Manage your irritable bowel syndrome at home

In an effort to provide helpful health tips for a variety of conditions, this February we explored the ways in which someone could manage irritable bowel syndrome at home without medical intervention. These include using fiber, avoiding certain foods, maintaining a regular meal schedule, drinking water, taking a probiotic, and more.

Practicing medication safety

Earlier this week, we dove deep into the subject of medication safety. We reviewed several recent studies about the ways adults do or do not currently use drugs the most safe or effective ways. We also provided six tips for creating a safe medication practice for yourself or your family members.

Recent research into non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications

Finally, we tackled one of the most common medications used by people all over the world: aspirin. We shared some of the history of this popular medication, how it works, its risks and benefits, and the holistic alternative, willow bark. We also reviewed some research on aspirin and how science is working to make these medications more effective.

What blog posts did you like the best in the month of February?

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At Holistic Pain, we have a passion for helping you and those who around you who suffer from pain find relief. Part of that passion extends to education and transparency. In our Holistic Pain blog, we focus on new research studies, along with our own tips, for maintaining and improving your quality of life, even with pain.

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