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.
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.
Dr Rishi S Loatey BSC(HONS) MSC(CHIRO) DC CCEP MRCC(ORTH)