Pain is something that many of us deal with daily. For some the pain is the minor aches and pains that we have as we age or when we push too hard on our workouts. For others, pain is debilitating and life changing.
Our society has come to expect a quick fix for our pain; take a pill and go about our business. The pharmaceutical industry has been more than happy to respond to our request for bigger, better, stronger and faster pain relief. As a result, we’ve become a nation of pill users. There are so many people that go through life just waiting for the next pill. Their livers get wrecked, their kidneys get wrecked and worse, for those that become addicted to narcotics, their lives get wrecked.
We know that along with the physicial component of pain, there is also an emotional component. Pain management is a difficult journey for practitioner and patient alike. It is wrought with frustration due to patient needs/expectations and the provider’s ability to meet the patients needs safely.
Between 1999 and 2014, 165,000 people died from opiod overdose. (CDC.gov). 165,000 lives lost because of the very thin line between therapeutic efficacy and overdose.
Pain is subjective, we certainly cannot judge the pain of another, either physical or emotional. What we can do is help our patients, friends and family members navigate the chronic pain continuum.
Helping to find alternatives to make pain bearable is key to decreasing the risk of overdose and other complications of long term opiod use. Chiropractic, massage, physicial therapy, yoga, guided imagery, meditation and yes, essential oils can all help to decrease pain.
Things that we have tried in our home to decrease pain include Young Living’s PanAway (with and without Copabia), Peppermint, Wintergreen and Lemongrass. Deep relief is also popular among many people with pain. These oils can be applied with a carrier oil (I like fractionated coconut oil) to the area(s) of discomfort to diminish the severity of pain.
Treating physical symptoms alone cannot necessarily solve the puzzle of chronic pain. The mind-body connection is strong and individual attitudes toward pain can determine the effectiveness of any treatment. The use of alternative adjuncts may just make the lives of those dealing with chronic pain a bit more bearable.
* Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace medical care.