Health Hacks: The Whole Body Approach to Pain Management
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Prevention of medical conditions is often what doctors talk about the most, as it is the easiest, most cost effective way to avoid illness. But what about preventing the pain we already have? From migraines, to indigestion and arthritis, more and more health practitioners are looking for natural, non-invasive ways to help their patients and clients live happier, pain-free lives.
Jeffrey Ulery, a chiropractor at Whole Body Health in Austin, TX has worked with many patients who experience chronic pain and fatigue. The first thing he recommends to his patients is alkalinity. “I recommend alkalinity to my patients,” says Ulery. “Diet is the primary mode of alkalizing your body. Because so many of us are imperfect with the food we eat, alkaline water is a great way to offset some of that imperfection.”
His patients have seen firsthand the benefits of a more alkalinic lifestyle. “Pain goes away,” says Ulery. “That is the one thing I see that happens the quickest. I had a recent experience with a patient who came to me from a doctor in Dallas. She doesn’t drink alcohol, but I kept asking her about her diet. Turns out she is a big coffee drinker and eats a lot of carbohydrates. She was in so much pain that she was taking a lot of medication and was even considering a highly invasive surgery. I had her put the alkaline drops in her coffee and water, while eliminating a lot of the sugar and wheat gluten from her body. She has no pain anymore.”
The importance of de-stressing
These changes in diet, and the addition of alkaline drops, are a major part of pain management, but they are not the whole story. A key component for living a less acidic life is to eliminate a lot of the stress factors we experience, and add more relaxing habits.
“I am a firm believer that energy trumps matter. That is, the belief in pain and aging is part of what causes it.”
Merrily Milmoe, a certified massage therapist and holistic health researcher at Healing Arts Studio in Mill Valley, California, believes in taking the “whole body approach” with her patients. “Dealing with alkalinity is dealing with the physicality of the symptoms,” says Milmoe. “But there is also the spiritual and emotional components to consider. Healing doesn’t have to be hard. It just takes simple changes, and drinking alkaline water is a great way to let you hedge your bets without depleting the other alkaline reserves in the body.”
Pain is often what stops us from being active and living our lives to the fullest, but it does not have to be that way. By being more mindful about our diet choices, and creating a more alkalinic lifestyle for ourselves, there is the chance that we can better manage our pain. “I am a firm believer that energy trumps matter,” says Milmoe. “That is, the belief in pain and aging is part of what causes it.”
Testing your pH levels is another option for those concerned about the acidity in their body and water supply. “When patients’ pH levels are high, they are generally also in pain,” says Robin Grayson-Cohen, an acupuncturist at Points of Health in Coral Gables, Florida who recommends that her patients test their own acid levels with pH strips as part of their pain management routines. “We have them increase the alkaline in their diet, as well as add alkaline drops to their water, and usually the pain goes away in 24-48 hours,” she notes.