29 Nov Restorative Therapies for Pain Relief
Currently, over 20% of Americans suffer from chronic pain. This equates to about 50 million adults in the United States dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis. While this is an unfortunate occurrence, it’s prevalent and what’s worse is that there’s a common notion of using narcotics for treatment.
However, there are other much more effective treatments and therapies that can help treat pain management, even without narcotics prescription.
Although there are specific conditions that may require a level of integrated treatment practices than others, most treatment options available to help treat chronic pain can be effective without the use of narcotics or other prescriptions, call 619-333-8114 for more information.
What Is Restorative Therapy?
Restorative therapy is a collection of treatments provided by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists, together with various therapeutic exercises. These therapies are leveraged and combined with other treatments like injections, epidurals, or even counseling. Studies also show that the combination of restorative therapies can help provide pain relief.
One of the best things about restorative therapy is that it helps patients maintain functionality. Just like it implies, it restores the patients back to the quality of life they had, without the need to live with pain or in an uncomfortable situation. Integrating restorative therapy can help you regain your normalcy and your sense of independence, irrespective of how severe your chronic pain is.
Types of restorative therapies
- Therapeutic exercise
Therapeutic exercise is the most common form, and it’s often used as therapy tied to the underlying diagnosis for the pain. Back pain is the most common form of pain issue found in patients today, and as a result, the majority of pain-related physical therapy guidelines exist for the treatment of spinal pain.
This exercise can also include physical therapy or other forms of group exercise. Biopsychosocial treatment can also be an added approach to therapeutic exercises as it helps patients understand secondary pathologies like fear of movement and general anxiety which may further escalate the pain and disabilities.
- Therapeutic ultrasound (TU)
This type of therapeutic therapy distributes heat around the deep tissue of the body to improve the healing process. Therapeutic ultrasound is particularly effective for knee osteoarthritis.
- Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS)
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation is a common, yet noninvasive form of treatment that uses low voltage electrical currents to provide pain relief in patients. These electrical currents are delivered through the electrodes placed on the surface of the skin close to the nerves or the exact place the pain is triggered from.
- Massage therapy
This can also be a very effective method of reducing pain because it will help to increase blood flow and oxygen presence in the muscles, and also reduce inflammation at a deep tissue level. Undergoing consistent massage therapy can greatly help relieve chronic pain.
Pain management doctors in San Diego will suggest restorative therapy to help you get through your chronic pain. Pacific Medical Care is your go-to San Diego restorative pain management center for all your restorative therapy needs.