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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Alternative Pain Management

Alternative pain management is focused on giving you, the patient, greater choice in treatment by providing options that are less or non invasive. Alternative therapies for pain management may not work for everyone, but those that experience significant benefit find them to be the solution they have been looking for to lifelong chronic pain relief. They can be standalone procedures, but are most often used in tandem with other forms of treatment. Whether the therapy is natural, holistic, or inherent in orientation, the effect can be lasting and even permanent. Individual results may vary. Below is a list of alternative pain management therapies that could prove beneficial in helping you find relief from your pain and a renewed quality of life.

Sclerotherapy/Prolotherapy
Sclerotherapy (also known as prolotherapy) relies on the body’s own natural healing process to strengthen painful joints, ligaments, and tendons. By injecting an irritating substance into the affected area at various points, the body produces an inflammatory response in tissues that in fact makes them stronger than the original supportive tissues. This therapy works to naturally alleviate the root cause of pain.

Massage Therapy
Through a variety of techniques – such as gentle, smooth, gliding strokes, or squeezing, rolling, and kneading muscles – massage therapy helps to relieve tension, reduce the presence of substances that generate and sustain pain, improve range of motion, and increase the production of endorphins. Medical massage therapy is focused on the entire body and its relationship to soft tissue for pain relief.

Biofeedback Therapy
In biofeedback therapy, patients learn to associate instinctive physical responses to painful symptoms in order to make proactive changes in behavior and/or response patterns to reduce pain and find relief. From measuring perspiration to respiration, a broad range of biofeedback methods may be administered to safely produce the information on physical function that can lead to positive change.

In addition to the aforementioned, our pain management center offers an outpatient opioid detox program to help patients learn to break their medication dependency, and modalities, such as ice, heat, TENS, and interferential stimulation therapy.