By Dr. Mark Wiley
I got into natural healing practices because I suffered decades of chronic pain. This encompassed daily headaches and migraines, musculoskeletal pain, hip pain, muscle spasms, trigger points and arthritis. I found that medicine could help me with short-term reduction of inflammation and pain, but was not helpful in the long run. Actually, in my experience, by taking so many pain meds, I helped cover up the pain so well I did not feel compelled to address the pain in other, more beneficial, ways.
In addition to seeing dozens of medical doctors and specialists, I also consulted with a stable of expert practitioners in various fields of mind/body and alternative medicine. I experienced acupuncture for opening the blocked energy channels, herbs for increasing energy and reducing inflammation, diet for lowering inflammation and a dozen bodywork systems for relieving muscle pain and correcting skeletal misalignment. In addition, I tried bio-feedback and electro-stimulation. Even psychic surgery. You name it and I did it.
But none of these methods (modern or traditional, scientific or natural) helped me in the long run.
Over the years, through first-hand experience and study, I can to understand that the reasons for this long-term ineffectiveness are rooted in several factors.
THE MEDICATION PROBLEM
Taking medication, both prescription or over-the counter, is good for short-term care. If you’re getting a cold or can’t sleep, or have a sprained ankle, pills can help reduce the symptoms linked to those ailments. But that medication is not a long-term solution and does not provide corrective support – only symptomatic relief.
THE PRACTITIONER PROBLEM
Going to see a practitioner of any health modality (be it acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, etc.) can be a good solution for acute pain. Practitioners can “get in there” and help adjust things in a way we, on our own or by taking medicine, cannot. A chiropractor can align the spine, and an acupuncturist can open energy blockages. A physical therapist can help strengthen weak processes. However, by their very nature, all hands-on healing modalities place us in a secondary (receiving) position and are therefore, on their own, not good long-term solutions to pain relief. Our own health and wellness and cannot be dependent on another person.
THE DIETARY PROBLEM
Diet is a main component in health and in disease. Eating well-balanced, organic foods is essential to good health and vibrant well-being. When you’re in pain, anti-inflammatory foods and pain-relieving foods and spices can help you get through the acute injury. However, dietary changes, by themselves, are not strong enough to ease severe pain. Moreover, diet does not do enough to correct pain caused by muscle or vertebral imbalances, blunt force trauma or trigger points. However, diet IS a vital part of the pain-relief equation.
My own experience demonstrates that, depending on the severity of the acute injury and length of the chronic condition, a combination of all these therapies produces the best improvement.
Taking analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs can really help you get past the severe pain of serious injury. To avoid liver and kidney damage, you should switch to less potent drugs and, over time, it’s advisable to switch fully to herbs and supplements. Along the way, changing your diet to avoid inflammation-promoting foods (sugar, wheat, nightshades) and consume more anti-inflammatory foods (aromatic spices, ginger and turmeric) can help. Seeing a hands-on practitioner also helps the body start correcting itself, loosening muscles, improving range of motion, opening energy channels, aligning the spine and more. But over time you need to learn various stretching and trigger-point release methods that you can do on your own so that you are in control of your well-being. You can then self-administer pain-relieving techniques at the start of an issue instead of waiting, depending on others, and allowing it to become chronic.
This kind of comprehensive approach is great and more powerful than any single approach. However, it’s not always enough to be fully satisfying. When I suffered, I constantly wanted it to be over. I did not want to have to wait every other day or bi-weekly for a massage or chiropractic adjustment. I didn’t want to keep taking pills. Just wanting faster results for most of my problems did not produce quicker relief. As a result, my pain transformed from acute to chronic. My body learned a new pattern – and I seemed stuck with it.
That’s why I’ve spent most of my focus, since I was about 13 to becoming a healer… the last 34 years studying, experimenting, discovering, learning and practicing how to heal pain – first for my myself and then for others. At the time of this writing I am in my late 40s and still searching for the best the world has to offer for natural pain relief. I travel constantly in search of new information and old practices that I’ve missed. I read medical studies every day looking for interesting clinical trials and keeping current on trends.
In my new book, Natural Solutions for Pain and Inflammation, I’ll show you the essence of everything I’ve learned thus far, so you can use it as a guide to relieve and get past any type of pain you’re experiencing so you can live your life again, the way you want to.
Living and life without pain is your birthright. Start reclaiming it now.
Grab your copy of Natural Solutions for Pain and Inflammation today, and let me show you how.
“Dr. Wiley’s approach to pain offers the most progressive focus available today.”
—Michael Maliszewski, PhD, Integrative Medicine Task Force
“Dr. Wiley is one of the most clear thinkers and writers in complimentary medicine today.”
—Dr. Glenn Peter Lobo, “The Caring Osteopath”