Reflexology’s Place Alongside Drugs in Pain Management

Pain isn’t nice. Without trying to state the obvious pain can be bad, it can leave you feeling lethargic, it can leave you debilitated. Even when the pain is minor it can distract you from your thoughts and it can stop you ever truly relaxing.

Luckily for most people it is only a temporary matter. Maybe they feel it after knocking their head or toe, maybe they feel it after going to the gym or playing a sport, whatever way they feel the pain it doesn’t last long.

Some other people will get longer term pain such as breaking a bone or damaging their body and it will reduce over time.

The people who suffer with minor or short term pain can manage it well and can even prevent it or injury in the first place. For damaged body parts you can even undergo a recovery and rehabilitation process which would be the best form of pain management in the circumstance.

Some people unfortunately can never escape pain however, these people might have broken their ankle or damaged their body, or it could have been caused by years of manual labour or old age, but for whatever the reason or cause the pain won’t go away.

It is these people that really need to consider pain management carefully; the people that can’t get rid of the suffering are the people that need the best in pain management process.

What makes up a pain management process?

Pain management can be many things; medicine and drugs, simple relaxations and rest or regular physiotherapy and massage, but can it ever be about reflexology?

As mentioned it can be performed by various actions. Some are great, some are not so great. Some are more effective than others and some are a last resort.

Quite often the process is not so great for the patient whatever action you take.

If you go to the doctors there is a strong chance they will prescribe you with drugs. Drugs can reduce pain very well but come with sometimes serious side effects. Sometimes even the most mainstream of drug pain relief (the painkiller) has side-effects that you may not want, such as drowsy feelings. It can also lead to other side effects such as drug addiction.

Of course there are times where drugs are the only answer to your problem, sometimes they are the best option and they can be very powerful. They will therefore always be used within pain management.

Massage/Physiotherapy is a vastly different method of pain management. Instead of reducing the pain and almost numbing it, massage and physiotherapy will looking at improving the health of the problem area and eventually getting you back up to strength. In effect it will often take the pain away for good and if not that, reduce the pain long term.

So what about reflexology? Reflexology it is said can and should be used instead of pain killers and drugs in the pain management process. Instead of putting your body under the side-effects caused by drugs such as pain killers, you should trust in reflexology instead as an alternative. Reports have even suggested and claimed that reflexology can be as if not more effective than painkillers in pain management.

No extremes

What about reflexology alongside drugs in the pain management process? It is rare in life that an extreme answer to a solution is the best one; more often than not compromise and collaboration are the best methods of finding a solution to a problem. This is certainly true of pain management.

Why limit yourself to one set of actions when you could combine a few for better results?

There should be a pain management mix. It should consist of a good lifestyle, physiotherapy, good eating, pain killers and reflexology to help you manage your pain and maybe almost eradicate it completely.

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Pain Management After Plastic Surgery

After any surgery, pain control will be a priority for you and your doctor. And while there is a level of discomfort and pain to be expected after any type of surgery, your doctor will take preventive steps to provide you ways to manage your pain. This isn’t only to keep you comfortable, but when your body is in pain, it can’t heal as quickly as it should.

When you are about to have surgery, your doctor will go over your current medical well-being as well as your medical history. Always be honest and advise them of any type of medication you are taking, especially if you are already taking medication for managing your pain.

The Types Of Pain To Expect

After surgery, you may experience pain in places that will be a surprise. Many times it is not at the surgery site. Some areas where you may experience discomfort or pain after surgery are:

• Muscles – You may feel discomfort or pain in the area of your back, chest, neck, or shoulders muscles. This comes from lying in one position on the operating table or the “handling” the team may do with you while in surgery.

• Throat – Your throat may feel scratchy or sore. This is from having any tubes in your mouth or throat. Movement – Any movement like sitting up or walking will be uncomfortable and painful. Even coughing or sneezing will cause increased pain.

Keeping Your Pain Under Control

You will have a big part in your own pain management simply by keeping your doctor and the nursing staff advised about your pain. Your main will be measured and during your hospital stay, you will be asked to rate your pain on a scale using numbers zero through ten. Zero is no pain and ten is the worst possible pain. This system is helpful for your medical team to know how the pain management treatment is working or if there is a need to make changes.

Who Will Help You Handle Your Pain?

You and your doctor will talk about your pain management prior to surgery, determining what is acceptable for you. Sometimes doctors will bring in a pain specialist to work with you after your surgery.

At the end of the day, though, you are the one that will make the ultimate decision. Your medical history and current health condition will be used by your doctor and the pain specialists to provide you the options for pain management.

The Different Types of Pain Management Treatments

It is common for a patient to be given more than one type of pain management treatment. It is based on their needs and the type of surgery they had. Your doctor and the pain specialist will make certain they are effective but safe, although, there is some level of risk for any type of medication. Some of the most commonly used pain management treatments are:

• Intravenous PCA (Patient-Controlled Analgesia)

PCA is a pump that is computerized and allows the patient to self-medicate safe amounts of pain medications. The unit is programmed and will only release a specific amount within a certain amount of time.

• Nerve Blocks

A nerve block controls pain in small, isolated areas of the body. This method of pain management may be distributed by an epidural catheter for prolonged pain management.

• Oral Pain Medications

After surgery at some point, your doctor will most likely order some form of pain management medication that is taken orally. You will need to let the nursing staff know when you are experiencing pain and if it has been within the usual four-hour timeframe, they will give you the prescribed dosage.

Pain Management Without Medication

There are ways to achieve pain management too. Such as guided imagery, a focused relaxation method that works by the patient’ creating calm and peaceful images in their mind. This mental escape can be enhanced by listening to music and changing positions.

Your doctor may give you instructions for cold and heat therapy. This will reduce your pain and any swelling you may be experiencing. For surgery in the abdominal or chest area, using a pillow when you a cough, sneeze or take deep breaths will help as a method of pain management.

Audrey has been a Freelance Writer for 8 years. She lives with her husband of 38 years in a small North Texas town. They have 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren. They find antique stores, flea markets, garage sales, and resale shops to be a necessity as they restore their100-year-old house they live in.

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