What Happens When Pain Takes Hold of Your Life?
Those who have suffered a severe accident of any kind can attest to the life-altering consequences of the injuries. Long-lasting pain can take hold of your life, forcing it’s way into your daily routine and making activities you once enjoyed difficult.
In an article entitled “The Subtle and Dangerous Power of Painkillers”, author and accident victim, Sam Dunn, writes of her experiences dealing with long-lasting pain.
“Pain management protocol calls for you to ‘stay ahead of the pain’ by taking medication before you start to truly suffer. And so like a good girl, I followed the Rx,” she writes. “Except, somewhere down the line, one pill stopped keeping the misery at bay. So then I took two, three. If I forgot or even if I thought, ‘I don’t need these today, I’m feeling OK,’ when that gnawing ache inevitably returned, it felt to me all the more voracious, crippling.”
The Inevitable Danger of Using Painkillers
The purpose of using painkilling drugs is just that: to numb the pain. According to Dunn, the feeling of relief becomes overwhelming to the point which you want that feeling all the time.
“These opioids don’t only alleviate aches in the body. There is a numbness, a wrapped-in-cotton sensation that enables you to function but be protected from the sharpness of life. Like anyone, I had my sorrows,” she writes. “The pills served also to buffer the upset over a divorce, a dysfunctional family history, from the ever-present, low-grade anxiety over money and career ambitions.”
How Massage Therapy Is a Healthy Way to Help Ease Your Pain
Massage therapy is proven to help give you that relief you so desire when dealing with pain. In an article entitled “Massage For Pain Relief”, author Chris Woolston cites empirical studies by academics in the field of pain relief.
“The healing power of a well-placed hand is so apparent that just about every culture in history has used massage to relieve pain. Massage faded into the background with the arrival of modern medicine, but a growing number of people are turning (or returning) to hands-on relief,” he writes. “Massage eases pain in several different ways. It can increase blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles, which are warmed by the extra circulation.”