One of the things that I have used and continue to use as part of my treatment plan is chiropractic care. Somebody with a spinal cord injury, is generally not a good fit for chiropractic care. What I have learned, is chiropractors these days is various methods of treatment other than manual adjustments. Therefore I have gone to a chiropractor to receive ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, cold Laser treatment and various other forms of chiropractic care.
Reiki and reflexology, I have found to be very relaxing, and almost meditative for me. While I like both of these treatments I have not found them to make a significant difference. To pain control. I would recommend trying them as they are certainly effective for some.
I feel like over the years I've probably taken every supplement and vitamin known to mankind, I'm not sure if any of that helped me, in any great way but I don't think it hurt me at all. What I would say about taking supplements and vitamins is to do so in the mindful way. I recommend trying one thing at a time and chart progress if you feel there is any.
Another form of treatment that fits both alternative treatment and the medical field is injections for pain. I have used both steroid Injections and natural injections to help with pain. I would have to say that I have found both to be very successful. I have had Cortisone shots in my shoulder, foot, hip and knee. While the injections are quite painful at the time of injection and shortly afterward, they are quite effective. They seem to last about six months.
A natural injection I have used for knee pain is called orthovisc, it can also go under the name of monovisc and synvisc. Here is what the companies who make the product say about it ;
"Orthovisc is one of the hyaluronates used in viscosupplementation. Orthovisc is injected directly into the knee joint to restore the cushioning and lubricating properties of normal joint fluid."
"Synvisc-one replaces the worn out synovial fluid to relieve the pain and improve the knee joint’s ability to act as a natural shock absorber."
This treatment has been excellent for me and I receive an injection as needed which is usually every six to eight months. I have to be inactive for about forty eight hours afterward because it is a little stiff and needs to be iced. I would say it is one of the easiest treatments I have, that has the longest affect.
That's the bulk of the methods I have used for pain control, with the exception of the olive oil detoxes and blue green algae treatments and things like that which I have tried but feel that part of my life was a phase when I didn't realize the importance of dissertation while looking for help.
I know there are many other forms of treatment out there that others have found successful, other than the ones I have spoken about in my six sessions on pain control. If you're reading for the first time you can find the others here.
Controlling pain is complicated. Different types of pain, require different methods of treatment, and everybody is different. There's much to be learned by other people, especially people who have been dealing with chronic pain for a long time. There is also a lot of different treatments today. What I would ask is that you go into this with an open mind, but don't leave your common sense out of the equation.
Desperation can make us try many different things with a hope of finding a successful treatment or cure. Once again I caution you to use your own good judgment and trust your instincts; if you feel something is working for you, and you truly feel better, but if you know that it isn't working,you need to let that go. If you try treatments and they don't work for you, don't beat your self up about it chalk it up to experience.
Finally, if a treatment doesn't work, especially after a practitioner has promised you it would, please don't let it affect your attitude toward your condition. Just because someone can't help you with the method they have tried, doesn't mean you can't be helped. It is easy to let their failure to help create despair. Remember, not all treatments help all people, give things a chance but know when to walk away.