I have already had surgery on both of my feet, and want to get off of painkillers (vicodin). Im looking for "alternative" recommendations, because I know all the basic ones (stretching, icing, orthodics). I have already gone to a few chiropractors, but the only thing that has given any kind of relief has been acupuncture- which lasted only a few days. Any suggestions?
Hurting in Hawaii
You don't say how many acupuncture treatments you had, but I've found that the length of time their effectiveness lasts tends to increase with time. Initially I went once a week for several months, then gradually decreased my visits. Now I generally just get treatments anywhere from once a month to once every three months.
Another alternative therapy that has reportedly been quite effective for managing pain is called Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I know it sounds strange, but I've heard a lot of good things about it. I personally know one person who is using it and he says it has made a big difference for him. Here's a link to more information about it: http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php And here's a link to a directory to help you find a program in your area: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mbsr/ If you don't find a program through the directory, try calling local hospitals to see if they offer it.