Chronic pain is one of the most important topics I cover here in the Reality Health Check, in my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter, and in my practice. Not least of all because the drugs that most Americans use to treat it—whether we’re talking about prescription opioids or over-the-counter NSAIDs—are as lethal as they get.
So when drug-free approaches to pain management grab headlines, I’m always thrilled. And I’m always going to share them with you. So without further ado, let’s dive right in…
Manage pain with mindfulness
A new study appeared recently in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. It featured a small group of pain patients who received intensive eight-week instruction in mindful yoga and meditation.
This mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course delivered significant improvements in pain, depression, and disability. And nearly 90 percent of the study participants reported that yoga meditation helped them cope with their chronic pain.
In fact, according to responses to the standardized Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), patients benefited from a drop in depression comparable to antidepressant use.
This is hardly the first time research has supported the use of yoga for chronic pain management. (Not to mention as a foil for post-stroke impairment, depression, and even dementia.)
That’s why it’s always one of my first suggestions to my patients and readers searching for natural pain relief. But it’s not the only one, by any means.
More safe cures for chronic pain
You may recall our discussions about low-dose naltrexone (LDN), for example—which, while still a drug, is a time-tested, low-risk, and highly effective alternative to opioid pain relievers.
And then, of course, you have my personal favorite solution for pain relief, medical marijuana—and cannabidiol (CBD), in particular, which has emerged as a particularly versatile and effective treatment for chronic pain in recent years.
Indeed, there are many safe ways to get powerful pain relief—and I outline my top recommendations in this year’s September issue of Logical Health Alternatives (“Common, but deadly: Popular over-the-counter pain meds do more harm than good”). If you aren’t yet a subscriber, consider signing up today!
I also outline an all-natural plan to help relieve and eliminate any type of acute or chronic pain in my Pain-Free Protocol. To learn more about this innovative, online learning tool, or to enroll today, click here now!
“Yoga and meditation reduce chronic pain: Participants in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course reported significant improvement in levels of pain, depression and disability.” Science Daily, 10/01/2020. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201001133227.htm)