The word “holistic” is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as follows:
“Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts.”
Therefore, holistic pain management is where we are concerned with treating the whole body, rather than just the part that hurts. More traditional pain treatment tends to focus on treating the pain itself. For instance, someone with migraines might be given migraine medications to take as needed. The medication would treat the migraine, hopefully effectively, but would do little more. However, treating pain holistically is quite different. Medications might still be utilized, but they’re simply one aspect of treatment you’ll receive from Deep Health.
Holistic pain management addresses your issues with pain through numerous methods. Medications might still be utilized, but they’re simply one aspect of treatment. Also, the effects of medications on the whole body might be more deeply considered. For instance, many medications can cause side effects, such as nausea or difficulty sleeping. Someone with a commitment to holistic pain management might look for a different medication that doesn’t cause side effects, or he or she might choose to look for complementary or alternative treatments instead of or in complement to their existing treatment or medication.
Holistic treatments might include therapies like Acupressure or Tui-Na Massage. Even if an alternative treatment doesn’t specifically treat a particular pain condition, it can have an overall benefit as part of a holistic pain management plan. They may help reduce inflammation or stress, which by extension supports pain management. The mind-body connection is a large part of holistic pain management, too. Therefore, anything that supports mental well-being – like meditation, assisted meditation or relaxation techniques – are all also key to holistic patients.
When you want a true holistic pain management, make sure to drop us a line or give us a call today.