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What Are Some Non-Surgical Options For Chronic Pain Relief?

If you suffer from back, neck, or other joint pain caused by osteoarthritis or an autoimmune condition like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis that causes chronic pain, you may be investigating relief methods that don't involve powerful narcotic medications or potentially dangerous surgeries. Fortunately, there are now a number of different ways to manage your condition and lead a relatively normal life. Some of these treatment methods are even fun and relaxing, rather than "therapy-like." Read on to learn more about three ways you can seek relief of your chronic pain.

Hydrotherapy

Many scientific studies have highlighted the use of pressured water -- or hydrotherapy -- to relieve pain and muscle soreness. By applying pressured water to your muscles, you're able to speedily remove built-up lactic acid (which causes soreness). Meanwhile, applying pressured water to your joints can help relax the muscles that may be compressing these joints and causing additional pain. 

Although there are offices and spas that specialize in hydrotherapy treatments, if your condition is chronic you may find it more cost-effective to install some hydrotherapy equipment in your own home. You should be able to replace your old bathtub or garden tub with a jacuzzi-style jetted tub without undergoing much demolition or construction. These whirlpool tubs are even available with an attached shower, if you'd like a quick way to rinse off after a relaxing bubble or essential oil bath.  

If you're installing your jetted tub to help with the relief of chronic pain (rather than for relaxation or to increase resale value) you may even be able to deduct some of the costs of purchase and installation on your federal income taxes. The rules on this can be fairly strict, so you'll likely want to consult with a certified public accountant or tax attorney before taking this deduction. For more information about installing a jacuzzi tub in your home, contact a company like California Home Spas & Patio.

Chiropractic treatment

Another good option for long-term pain relief is the use of chiropractic therapy. This treatment involves the manipulation of joints and the mechanical "release" of scar tissue and other impediments that can constrict joint movement and cause pain. 

To seek this treatment, you'll need to find a licensed chiropractor. He or she will likely take several X-rays of the area in which you're seeking treatment to determine which (if any) joints may be compromised. He or she will then   Some treatments involve the chiropractor placing manual pressure on a certain part of your body and suddenly forcing the heel of his or her hand up or down (you may hear a loud crack and then feel instant relief). Other treatments are gentler, incorporating massage and slow joint manipulation.

In many cases, chiropractic treatment has been shown to help reduce unwanted side effects of certain chronic conditions, like lupus and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). By reducing joint pressure on spinal nerves that travel to and from certain organs, you can help these organs function more effectively.

Acupuncture or acupressure

A final non-surgical option is the use of acupressure or acupuncture. Both these treatments involve placing pressure on specific body locations (pressure points) to help trigger pain relief. Acupuncture involves the placement of ultra-fine needles into pressure points, while acupressure involves the use of fingers or other external devices to apply pressure.

The use of acupuncture has evolved over centuries, and has been effective in the treatment of conditions ranging from nausea to migraine. It's unclear precisely why acupuncture works to treat these conditions, but scientists and medical professionals alike have marveled over its success. 

Acupressure is primarily designed for those who don't like the idea of the needles associated with acupuncture or who are unable to seek traditional acupuncture due to illness or health concerns, but would still like the healing benefits that come from applying pressure to certain areas.  


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