Holistic Management for Chronic Pain

If you have spent any amount of time on the blog, you should probably know how I feel about masking symptoms. Symptoms are your body’s cry for help and the only way to answer that cry is by finding the cause of those symptoms. However, chronic pain is not an easy thing to live with and if one is going to soothe pains I would rather it be through the channel of natural and safe methods rather than through a prescription pill bottle. Here are some safer ways to manage your chronic pain while you search for the root cause.


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that has been in practice for thousands of years. It involves placing hair thin needles under the skin to manipulate the body’s meridian system. The meridian system is the channels by which Qi (pronounced chee) flows. When there are blockages within this system, the placement of a needle near the blockage site will unblock and allow the Qi to flow once more, alleviating stress.


Studies have shown a decrease in pain among people with rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, and cancer who use essential oils. Some notable oils include peppermint, lavender, chamomile, and rosemary. Just make sure you use them safely.


Biofeedback is a pain management technique that teaches the patient to consciously affect normally involuntary bodily functions, such as blood pressure and heart rate. The thought is that, by becoming aware of these functions, one can manipulate them in accordance with one’s pain.  It is inconclusive why biofeedback helps with pain, but one theory is that it simply allows one to relax, which in turn reduces symptoms that are typically worsened by stress. Electromyography, or EMG, measures muscle tension and is the type of biofeedback that has been shown to be most helpful in pain management.


Turmeric is a root often ground and use as a spice in Indian cooking. It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it perfect for pain management. A dose of about 240 to 500 milligrams of turmeric a couple times per day should help, but check with your doctor to be sure that is right for you. Don’t use turmeric if you are on blood thinners or are pregnant!

Heat Therapy

Heat and cold therapy are easy, inexpensive ways to target pain directly. Hot epsom baths relax the body and draw out toxins. Ice applied directly can reduce inflammation locally. The key is knowing when to use either. Use ice on red and swollen acute injuries. Using heat in these situations will increase blood flow and swelling. On muscle aches and spasms, use heat. Ice will tighten muscles and make spasms worse.


Researchers who assigned sufferers of chronic pain to either a meditation program or a wait list found that those who did the meditation reported less pain, as well as lower anxiety and depression and a better mental quality of life, than those who did not.

Chronic Pain: Finding the Root Cause

It is undeniable: we live in a world that is obsessed with masking symptoms. All around you are magic pills promising to disappear your aches and dull your pains. What we need to be focusing on is why there is a pain in the first place. If you kept finding holes in your dry wall, would you simply patch over it each day, or would you ask questions and figure out why all of those holes kept appearing?

Now, conventional approaches in this arena can be frustrating. With any sort of chronic anything, conventional doctors are quick to mask the symptoms. Some good ones may search for a cause, but it is customary to give up quickly. If you can get rid of the pain with a prescription, then why bother with the expensive tests and man hours?

I will level with you. Neither I nor any other natural health practitioner will be able to diagnose you. But we are not particularly interested in diagnosing you. We are simply interested in letting your body be the best it can be. We do this through targeting the negative things in your body and your negative habits and making moves to change these things. Once your habits are changed and you begin a regimen to support your body, things like chronic pain or fatigue tend to disappear.

Energetic assessment is a good way of finding root causes of pain because it targets toxins that may be present within your body. Once we can locate these toxins, we can begin your detox and through this process we can see if the inflammation caused by these toxins are what were ailing you. If you are interested in being energetically assessed, contact me and we can set up an appointment!