Dealing with Pain Need Not Be Inevitable: Metroplex Practitioners Cite Best Practices
Pain is a fact of life; it’s an evolutionary trait. Without it, the caveman might not have pulled his hand from the fire. Pain prohibits us from walking on a broken leg until the body heals. These facts are self-evident; but the pain coming from inside our body may not be so straightforward. It is speaking to us in a loud voice that cannot be ignored, but the language is sometimes unclear and all we can do is try to silence it. Here we present a panoply of resources available in the Metroplex.
“For those with a herniated disk and it has not eroded much yet or have a stiff low back, walking backwards on a treadmill can make a world of difference. It tilts the pelvis differently so as to make space in the spine for the disk to go back into place, if possible. It also helps the cerebrospinal fluid flow more efficiently and relieves the hamstrings, which are pulling down on the pelvis and consequently the sacrum, causing a pull in the small of the back because we are using a toe strike with our stride instead of a heel strike. This engages the opposite muscles (quads) than those that are too tight and contracted (hams). Set the speed and the incline on about a 2.0 and gently (not tightly) rest both hands on the side rails for balance only.”
Brenda Briscoe, LMT, Bowen practitioner at Living Well Health & Wellness, 14330 Midway Rd, Ste 121, Dallas, 972-930-0260.
“Chronic pain is the number one reason patients come to our clinic. In Eastern medicine, pain comes for two main reasons. First, from an injury (like a fall), I recommend this patient to use heat, rest and consider acupuncture. Instead of taking an over-the-counter pill with potential side effects, I recommend a homeopathic remedy called arnica and a supplement called boswella. If a patient has chronic, long-term pain, we always focus on the underlying problem. For example, if a patient has arthritis (inflammation in the joints) I always focus on the root cause. Diet must be addressed. For example, if the patient’s pain gets worse with rainy, damp days, they must stop consuming any dairy products which can cause more inflammation. They should also avoid refined sugars, alcohol and spicy foods, and consider eating an alkaline diet as part of their treatment.”
Dr. Carlos Chapa, LAc, Eastern medical doctor, ND, at Acupuncture and Integrative Medical Center, 18601 E. Valley Ranch Pkwy., Ste. 1000, Irving. 972-444-0660.
“It appears that the presence of testosterone seems to elevate the tolerance of pain. Ozone (O3) gas was discovered in the mid-29th century and was used for wound treatment in World War I. It consists of three atoms of oxygen in a dynamically unstable structure, and researchers believe it has many therapeutic effects. Ozone therapy has been used and heavily studied for more than a century and has been proven safe and effective with minimal and preventable side effects. Ozone has antibacterial, antiviral and fungicidal effects when is it mixed with medical-grade oxygen in a carefully controlled environment. It activates the antioxidant systems, causing the release of cytokines and other immune-stimulating factors that lead to healing. Benefits of ozone therapy include pain relief; healing chronic infections, painful ligaments and joints; treating intervertebral disc protrusions and herniations non-surgically; and stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms.”
Julie Clowers, ND, MSN, RNC, CCT, Monica Jaynes, ND, MSN, RNC, CCT, Living Springs Natural Health, PLLC, 6700 Horizon Rd., Ste. 100, Rockwall. 972-732-4668.
“Addison Pain Management is multidisciplinary treatment facility in North Dallas for more than 15 years with a focus on locating the source of a patient’s pain before implementing a comprehensive treatment plan. A holistic approach and individualized patient care is provided through conventional, alternative and natural therapies by way of traditional pain management with chiropractic treatment to provide pain relief. Treatment options on the cutting edge of health care are available to interrupt or end the pain process, including regenerative medicine, which allows the body to use its own self-healing mechanisms to repair in a natural way. Remedies such as platelet-rich plasma, stem cell therapy, amniotic membrane and tissue grafting are used to treat conditions such as tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, osteoarthritis, spine conditions and inflammation. Treatment spans from acute to chronic pain covering most areas of the body. Through a unique ‘pain mapping’ model, patients have access to a progressive, co-integrated treatment.”
Dr. Johnny East, DO, Addison Pain Management, 16633 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 150, Addison, 972-380-0000.
“A common, yet little known, cause of pain could be the fascia; that is, the covering of all the muscles in the body under the skin. When the fascia sticks together, it forms a knot, or trigger point. As that knot forms, it can create massive amounts of pressure, up to 2,000 pounds per square inch, which could cause pain at a pin point site and/or surrounding muscle area. My approach for this type of pain condition is a myofascial release massage (MFR). This is a technique done by hand to apply a constant and controlled pressure to these points on the body that will help release the knots and most of the time, other related pain. There are many studies that show the benefits of MFR for injuries, including neck, low back, sciatica, fibromyalgia, strains/sprains and many other related issues.”
Steven Kloster, DC, FDM certified, Webster's Technique certified, KC Core Medical City Dallas, 7777 Forest Ln C-534, Dallas, 972-566-3355.
“Drug-free, natural, pain relief that is gentle and easy is the most desired method, if possible. In early 2005, Jerry Tennant, M.D., after in-depth research, found a way to do just this using microcurrent technology with a precision medical instrument that engages the body’s natural resources to assist the process of pain management and rehabilitation. Stimulating the body at the cellular level and restoring cellular metabolic activity, reduction of pain and inflammation can result with this therapy very quickly. The Tennant Biomodulator uses biofeedback and neuromodulation to stimulate the body’s natural release of nitric oxide, endorphins and neuropeptides into the bloodstream and increases voltage in cells. When the cells are restored to their optimal level of energy, the body can heal itself. It gently whispers at the body to solicit a healing response. The Biomodulator may be used as complement to standard drug and therapy treatments by healthcare practitioners or by individuals for self-care.”
Jerry Tennant M.D. M.D.(H), Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine, 35 Veranda Ln., Ste. 100, Colleyville, 972-580-1156.