Acupuncture and Other Ways to Relieve Pain

| July 27, 2010 | 0 Comments | 270 views

Acupuncture can help relieve pain. It derives from the concept in traditional Chinese medicine that disease results from a disruption in the flow of chi-the body\'s circulating life energy-and imbalances in the forces of yin and yang. Chi is said to flow along pathways in the human body known as meridians. This ancient technique seems to calm precisely the part of the brain that controls the emotional response to pain; is what Dr. Hui, a neuroscientist at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital has reportedly said. He and his hospital should know, as they have won a $5 million federal grant to study acupuncture\'s effects on the brain.

Massage and getting into a bath or spa could ease the pain. Massage can help any pain originating from muscle tension for example in the legs, back, neck, and shoulder pain. All can benefit from massage.

In addition most hospitals will offer a variety of drug alternatives that can reduce pain while still allowing the childbearing woman to be awake for the birth.

Epidurals can only be set up by an anesthetist therefore are only available in the hospitals. An injection is given into the lower back which will block the nerves coming from the uterus and surrounding muscles. Epidural analgesia and intravenous analgesia with opioids are two techniques for providing pain relief for women in labor. Labor pain is comparable to surgical pain in its severity, and epidural analgesia provides better relief from this pain than intravenous analgesia; a meta-analysis quantified this improvement to be 40mm on a 100mm pain scale during the first stage of labour. Epidural analgesia is a central nerve block technique achieved by injection of a local anaesthetic close to the nerves that transmit pain. It is widely used as a form of pain relief in labour.

Cancer patients who do not obtain pain relief from treatment with opioids administered by mouth, rectally or by injection may do so if the drugs are administered in other ways. A recent review compared three alternative routes: intracerebroventricular (where opioids are injected through a small hole bored into the skull); epidural (where opioids are introduced into the epidural space in the spine using a catheter); and subarachnoid (where opioids are introduced into the subarachnoid space in the spine using a catheter).

Corticosteroids reduce the swelling in the airways that make breathing difficult and also reduce the amount of mucus produced by the body. Anabolic steroids are artificial versions of the male hormone testosterone and are illegally used by some athletes to increase lean muscle mass, strength and endurance. Corticosteroids are also available in syrup forms. Corticosteroid injections (cortisone shots) may be recommended for more severe cases that do not respond to NSAIDS. A concentrated dose of anti-inflammatory medicine is injected directly into the joint and can be safely used to manage most patients\' pain.

Patients must address all medical concerns with their physicians. This article is provided strictly for entertainment use only being based upon web research, has been written by a non-medical expert, and must not be relied on.

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