Pain is a sensory signal within the body, signifying a
potential problem. Everyone has
experienced pain whether it be physical, emotional or psychological. However,
here we are discussing physical pain. Physical pain can be associated with all
types of problems. Disease, injury, trauma, soft tissue damage, and broken
bones are just a few areas that can cause physical symptoms of pain.
The normal reaction to pain is to reduce the symptom and resolve the cause of the pain. There are hundreds of ways to treat symptoms and their underlying problems. If the cause of the problem is known then the resolving the symptoms should be relatively easy. For example, if you stub your toe, you may use some ice to decrease the feelings of pain and reduce the swelling. If your toe bruises you may use a topical cream or gel to reduce the swelling and bruising. If the toe is broken you have to splint it making it immobile. Treating a physical problem in the body is only as easy as its underlying cause.
Eastern medicine has shown that by removing the underlying cause our physical symptoms will be resolved. However, Western medicine has done the opposite and treated the symptoms to reduce the physical problem that may be underlying. Both of these types of approaches have been used for hundreds of years, however Western medicine is now starting to utilize some of the Eastern medicines therapies to resolve medical health problems. With all of the new advances in medicine, the patient has become his/her own advocate in determine what type of treatment he/she wishes to receive.
Once a diagnosis has been determined, a treatment protocol is then given to resolve that specific health problem. However, whether the patient decides to use a specific protocol is his/her choice. The patient may decide to go a more naturopathic route instead of traditional, or they may want to seek out the advice of a specialist. Ultimately, it is the patients understanding of how they will be treated and with what they will be treated with that will determine where they seek their care from. More and more patients are turning to an alternative approach to medicine. Alternative medicine includes a wide variety of treatment methods including chiropractic care, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage therapy, holistic medicine, meditation, vitamin therapy, hypnotherapy and many, many more.
Treatments listed in this section
include ways to reduce or remove pain, decrease inflammation and swelling,
managing and coping with diseases, and preventing physical diseases, illness or