Natural Approaches to Chronic Pain
Pain is a cry for help from the body. It indicates that there is tissue damage occurring. Regardless of whether you have pain in your tooth, back or any other part of your body; there is underlying inflammation. The medical community as a whole has drastically underserved the chronic pain population for years. Rather than treating the underlying cause of pain, pharmaceutical opioids have been immensely over-prescribed, leading to addictions and INCREASED inflammation over time.
How Does Dr. Purdy Treat Pain?
There are many factors which drive inflammation in the body. The most common causes of inflammation are the consumption of sugar, processed foods, toxins in the body’s tissues, and immune challenges. If you’re thinking, :wait, my pain is from an injury I sustained years ago.” Yes, that may very well be the case. Inflammation occurs after an injury to begin the healing process. Healing cells come in and that’s what makes your sprained ankle all swollen and red. However, after an injury, the normal inflammatory process should subside in a few weeks. If it remains, there is another factor keeping it there.
Oftentimes, it’s important to facilitate the healing cycle all the way through. Using herbs, nutrients, and homeopathics to facilitate the inflammatory process through quickly is important so the rest of the healing cycle can finish. This differs from the conventional model that utilizes primarily anti-inflammatory and pain drugs that stop inflammation and weaken ligaments, tendons and muscles weeks and months later. The tissue never fully heals when bathed in anti-inflammatory drugs.
Dr. Purdy will work directly with you to correct imbalances in the body, control inflammation and use it to your advantage, and set your body up for healing. These days, there is endless information on the internet and countless products on the shelves. She can help you know when and how to best utilize all of the resources available to ensure the quickest, yet most long-lasting results.
When Should I Come In?
- If you are in a place where pain control is at the forefront of your mind regularly
- If you have recently been prescribed opiates, but have concerns about beginning down that path
- If you are interested in utilizing natural pain management to taper down off of your current prescriptions
- If you are an athlete that is regularly pushing your body to the extreme and would like counseling on the best recovery methods for you