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Coping with Chronic Pain through a Holistic Lens

Updated: Aug 17, 2022

Published July 30, 2022

By Kaci Quick

Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. From 1999 to 2018 there was a significant increase in opioid prescriptions and overdoses leading to death. Various institutions have sought ways to combat the opioid epidemic through drug-prescription monitoring and introducing various health system programs.

Chronic pain is a condition that negatively affects many individuals worldwide.

It is one of the most widely recognized causes for an individual to seek medical care.

Chronic pain is connected to limitations in mobility, reliance on opioid medications, anxiety, depression, and a reduction in overall wellbeing and satisfaction. Programs that focus on a holistic view of care that includes cardiovascular, strengthening, and flexibility training can assist in pain management and reduction. Addressing health through a holistic lens has gained traction within the past few years as many people have become dissatisfied with Western medicine and the limitations of care.

During your personal time, there are a few pain management strategies that can target mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

  • Monitoring your diet ~It may be helpful to even keep a food journal handy to keep track of food intake, not necessarily to “count calories” but to monitor food that can be helpful or harmful to your wellness journey.

  • Daily exercise ~even if it includes a brisk walk or bicycle. Pool exercises are also a great alternative for those with pain, as it offers low resistance and reduced stress on the joints.

  • Meditation~ I recommend the Insight Timer App for those who are beginners who are interested in meditation as there are many guided options including those for anxiety, sleep, and healing.

In your exploration of wholeness and pain management, I encourage those of you to seek practitioners who will always approach with empathy and concern for your well-being. Remember that you are not alone, and it is important that you feel supported on your journey.

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