At our Integrative Pain Management clinic, clinicians from a variety of disciplines work together to help provide patients with relief from pain. Our team includes practitioners of acupuncture and East Asian Medicine and naturopathic physicians focusing on physical medicine and mind-body medicine.
The aim of the Integrated Pain clinic is to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care, where you are at the center of the team. Collaboratively, your clinicians strive to integrate their available and appropriate health care approaches to improve your health, well-being and quality-of-life.
- Acupuncture has long been praised for its effectiveness in reducing pain. Research indicates that placing acupuncture needles at specific acupuncture points releases endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. Immune system cells and the brain’s neurotransmitters are released during acupuncture.
- Naturopathic physical medicine includes such treatments as physical manipulations, muscle-stretching, constitutional hydrotherapy, as well as diet, herbal medicine and supplements, to help alleviate pain. Physical manipulation is an effective way to relieve muscle tension and stress, while constitutional hydrotherapy helps increase circulation, enabling better pain management.
- Mind-body medicine approaches, such as biofeedback, meditation training, breathwork and guided imagery, have been shown to help people not only reduce pain, but learn to tolerate discomfort and minimize stress. Many people contract their muscles and hold their breath when in pain, yet this only makes pain worse. Mind-body medicine teaches you how to relax and breathe into your experience, significantly reducing your pain.
To schedule an integrated pain appointment, call (206) 834-4100.
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