Chronic pain is relentless. Stress, environment, and emotional effects can overlay the original tissue damage in an injury, adding to the intensity and tenacity of the pain.  How can one effectively manage pain and begin living again.  Good news!  There are many ways to work through pain and manage it naturally.

Let’s explore some ways you may want to utilize in order to help alleviate pain:

Lymphatic Drainage

WednesdayLymphatic drainage is the natural function of the lymphatic system, which is an essential part of immunity. If this function isn’t working properly, it can cause a build-up of fluid in tissues as well as more serious medical problems like lymphagitis and lymphoma. Therapeutic massage called Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) helps this system work and treats some of the conditions associated with the lymphatic system.  This relaxing massage can be helpful in reducing swelling, removing residual anesthesia from the body and provide pain relief for those suffering from inflammatory conditions like:  muscular sclerosis, arthritis and sprained joints.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release consists of gentle targeted stretching techniques applied to the fascia (thin envelope surrounding organs and muscles). When injury occurs, the fascia becomes uneven, shorten and tight creating pressure up to 2000 lbs per square inch. By stretching the fascia, contracted muscles can relax, proper motion is then restored, an efficient blood and lymphatic circulation is reestablished, tissue healing is facilitated and pain relief is obtained.

Trigger Point

Trigger points (more than 600!) are localized areas where a muscle or tissues surrounding it is hypersensitive to touch. It is not uncommon that pressure will trigger referred pain at a location distant from the trigger point itself through nerve pathways. Deactivating those trigger point produces muscle elongation, increase range of motion and pain relief. Beware of bruising. Deep tissue techniques require exceptional palpation skills. Too much is like not enough. Under NO circumstances EVER should you end up bruised after a manual therapy session EVER!

Craniosacral Therapy Work

WednesdayA craniosacral therapy session involves gentle work with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position assisting in relieving pain.

Essential Oils

Oil-pain-alleviate2Effective blends of 100% pure essential oils will help release the tension that causes many headaches and muscle pains with no side effects. Add to your bath water, put a few drops on your pillow case, Inhale directly through a small inhaler or by using a diffuser. Feel better naturally with Essential oil blends like Alleviate for headache pain.

Bath Salts

When you soak in bath salts infused with 100% pure essential oils, the soothing properties of the salts and essential oils can help to relax muscles and loosen stiff joints reducing pain you may be experiencing.

Herbal Teas

Herbal teas made with soothing ingredients meant to be ingested can help with managing pain and reducing inflammation.  Teas with ingredients like:  ginger for joint and muscle pain, turmeric for arthritis pain and inflammation, and devil’s claw all may assist in managing pain.

Restorative / Rehab Exercises

Knowledge of the nervous system has expanded and technology allowing scientists to visualize the nervous system has advanced. Meditation or relaxation exercises as some may refer to it have proven beneficial to overall well-being including the fight against chronic pain.

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marie pic 4About Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl.Ac.

Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac. is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist.

Born and raised in Quebec City Canada, Dr. Perkins received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University Laval in 1993.

Her passion led her to leave everything behind and immigrated to Florida in 1995. She proceeded with acquiring her Massage Therapy license from Bahkti Academy in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2004.

Her goal for founding East West Healing Solutions was to be a pioneer in the community working at bridging the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. She has established strong partnership with Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurologists, Pain Management Physicians, Doctors of Chiropractic, Rehabilitative Specialists, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Personal Injury Attorneys in the community proving not only that it can be done but also that a cohesive team approach is often the most efficient way to help a patient.

Over the years I have continued to add to my knowledge in order to be able to help as many patients I possibly could. Most of the time, a joint effort from Western and Eastern Medicine is required to obtain optimal health. For that reason, patients should proactively seek a team of highly trained professionals in various fields, all working toward one common goal; the PATIENT’S best interest. Your health portfolio should be built with the same concepts as your financial portfolio; diversification is the key!,” Dr. Marie Perkins tells her patients.

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