“Chronic pain is one of the most underestimated health care problems in the world today, causing major consequences for the quality of life of the sufferer and a major burden on the health care system in the Western world," said Professor Harald Breivik, former President of EFIC.
According to a recent market research almost 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. In contrast to acute pain, chronic pain persists more than six month or lasts even longer. It can be mild or torturous, periodical or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. People suffering from chronic pain are less able to exercise properly, to sleep normally or to master their daily life successfully. The Voices of Chronic Pain Survey reports that almost two-thirds of the chronic pain sufferers complain about an overall decrease in enjoyment of life and more than three-fourths state an enormous decline in their concentration and energy level.
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is not a symptom that exists on its own. It is accompanied by other physical and emotional health conditions:
- Discomfort, soreness, tightness, stiffness
- Head-, back-, neck-, pelvic-, joint-, sinus-, tendinitis-, arthritis- or neurogenic pain
- Mood changes, anxiety, depression
- Fatigue & sleep disturbance
- Decreased appetite
- Weakened immune system
- Withdrawal from activities
- Increased need to rest
- Reduced flexibility in movement
What Causes Chronic Pain?
All of us have already experienced the feeling of acute pain at least once in their life time. It is a normal sensation emerging in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury. It basically should raise your attention and the need to take care of yourself. Chronic pain behaves differently. Pain signals remain active and keep firing in the nervous system for months or even years. The most common source of pain stems from an initial trauma (car accident), (back or sports) injury, infection or an ongoing cause of pain (migraines, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer). Generalized nerve or muscle pain can also turn in to a chronic condition. But some people suffer from chronic pain in the absence of any past injury, clear cause or evidence of body damage.
How does TCM treat Chronic Pain?
The theoretical basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine has been developed in China over the past 3,000 years. TCM looks at the whole body and tries to fix the root cause of the problem. In order to bring the body back to its balance, Chinese Medicine not only eliminates the symptoms, but also prevents the condition from recurring.
Researchers from the Center for Health Research in Portland, USA, recently proved that commonly used pain medications have high potential to cause toxicity, gastrointestinal bleeding and renal failure. Therefore, they highly recommend treating chronic pain with alternative medicine like TCM. With TCM you don’t run the risk to become addicted to pain killers or to abuse harmful medication. Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, TCM addresses psychological as well as physical aspects of your health condition in terms of a holistic approach.
Oriental Health can help you to overcome the pain!
What are the benefits of TCM?
- Reliefs pain without painkillers
- Offers nonaddictive and nonabusive therapies
- Improves quality of life and wellbeing
- Fosters mind-body connection
- Provides customized pain management & health care plans
Did you know that...?
- negative emotions are closely related to the development of pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers
- that one in three chronic pain sufferers are unable or less able to maintain an independent lifestyle due to their pain
- according to a survey of the National Institute of Health low back pain is the most common type of pain (27%), followed by severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%) and facial ache or pain (4% )
- the effect of pain means that one in four patients report that relationships with family and friends are strained or broken