Alternative Chronic Pain Treatments

Chris Regal | Oct 18, 2012

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Which of the following is an effective home remedy for plantar fasciitis?
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  2. 1 Shoe inserts
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#2. Some shoe insoles available now are so supportive that they are almost like having a custom-made orthotic. Wear your supportive footwear all the time in order to give your feet the best  chance to feel better. 

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  1. Which of the following is an effective home remedy for plantar fasciitis?

    Correct Answer: Shoe inserts

    #2. Some shoe insoles available now are so supportive that they are almost like having a custom-made orthotic. Wear your supportive footwear all the time in order to give your feet the best  chance to feel better. 

  2. Marijuana withdrawal is characterized by…

    Correct Answer: Depression and anxiety

    #3. The symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include irritability, anger, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite or weight loss, restlessness, depressed mood, shakiness, stomach cramps, headaches, chills, and sweating. 

  3. What percentage of people experience relief of back pain after massage?

    Correct Answer: 33 percent

    #2. A recent study investigated the effect of massage therapy on chronic pain back.  Participants were treated once a week for 10 weeks. More than one-third of the massage patients reported that their back pain had diminished or was completely gone. 

  4. Pet therapy has proven effective in….

    Correct Answer: All of the above

    #4, Pet therapy is being use in many different settings: nursing homes, hospitals, and clinic offices. Pets have an uncanny sense of pain and suffering. And they know when someone needs love. 

  5. All of the following supplements have been found effective in boosting energy in fibromyalgia patients except…

    Correct Answer: Calcium

    #4. Calcium has its benefits, though helping help fibromyalgia-fatigue is not one of them.  Many people with fibromyalgia have a relatively low B12 level and supplements can help boost energy. Acetyl-L-Carnitine can help reduce fatigue and ginko biloba increases the body's production of ATP, which raises the brain's energy metabolism of glucone, resulting in more energy. 

  6. True or False: Yelling curses is an effective pain treatment mechanism.

    Correct Answer: True

    True! The 2010 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three scientists in the UK “for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain.” They found that swearing increased pain tolerance, increased heart rate, and decreased perceived pain, compared with not swearing, for everyone except males who had a tendency to catastrophize. 

  7. What is watsu?

    Correct Answer: Physical therapy

    #1. Watsu is a unique form of body work, unlike any other type of physical therapy or massage therapy you have ever experienced. It has been described as Shiatsu massage performed in warm water. In fact, that's where the name came from – “Water Shiatsu” became Watsu.   

  8. Which of the following is NOT helped with music therapy?

    Correct Answer: Bowel dysfunction

    #4. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Granada in Spain found that music therapy, combined with other relaxation techniques based on guided imagery, significantly reduces pain, depression, and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients suffering from fibromyalgia – thus enhancing patients' quality of life. 

  9. True or False: Acupuncture is universally accepted as treatment for chronic pain.

    Correct Answer: False

    False. The use of [acupuncture is still somewhat controversial](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/alternative-pain-relief-255116-5.html) in Western medical circles, as some studies have upheld its pain relieving abilities, while others suggest a placebo effect.  A 2010 study found that [acupuncture may help opioid medications work better](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/106444/acupuncture), while a 2009 study stated that [acupuncture does little for pain relief](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/news-282766-98.html).  One study, [published in _Arthritis Care and Research_](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/news-533013-98.html), found that both real, traditional acupuncture and "fake" acupuncture with no traditional basis were effective in treating pain relief.

  10. True or False: In addition to physical benefits, yoga has been seen to have psychological benefits as well.

    Correct Answer: True

    True. A study published last recently in the _Journal of Pain Research_ found that practicing yoga can reduce chronic pain symptoms in women with fibromyalgia. Participants’ saliva revealed elevated levels of cortisol following the yoga program. The participants reported significant reductions in pain and associated symptoms, as well as psychological benefits.