Do You or a Loved One Suffer from Chronic Pain?

Marlene suffers from chronic back pain and arthritis. Sometimes, she is so stiff that she cannot move without wincing in pain, and has to stay in bed. She has tried everything, including visiting doctors and specialists and taking prescription painkillers. She has even considered complementary and alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and chiropractic help. She recently heard from a friend about Reiki, and was intrigued and wants to know more about what causes chronic pain and alternatives for healing.

Chronic pain, or pain lasting more than three to six months, affects 100 million adult Americans, according to a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine. This equates to more than 40% of the adult population and, according to USA Today, it costs the nation upwards of $635 billion a year — more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined.

Chronic pain is not just acute pain that doesn’t go away. The National Institute of Health describes it as pain signals that “keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.” There may have been an initial mishap, such as a sprained back or a serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain, such as arthritis, or cancer. Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage, and many chronic pain conditions affect older adults.

For generations, the default method for treating unrelenting pain has been prescription and over-the-counter painkillers. However, sustained use of painkillers can lead to its own problems, including stomach ulcers, liver failure, and addiction (which affects 1.9 million Americans). Luckily, pain management is one area in which drug-free treatments are showing promising results. A recent survey found that 75% of integrative-medicine centers across the country were successful at relieving chronic pain with therapies that don’t come in the form of a pill.

Alternative therapies and treatments, including acupuncture, nutritional supplements, massage, chiropractic therapies, certain herbal therapies, and as mentioned in our example, Reiki, have the potential to alleviate chronic pain in many people.

As a Reiki Master and as the founder of ROSE (Reiki Outreach Services for Elders), I have seen for myself the wonderful healing power of Reiki.  Reiki is one of many types of energy-based healing practices. It is based on the fact that a universal energy or life force flows through us and around us.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of energy healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

When used with the elderly, Reiki can have a two-fold outcome in its use. Many, if not all, infirmed elderly suffer from many chronic ailments at once rather than just one, including Stroke, Parkinson’s, respiratory ailments such as emphysema, pneumonia or asthma, Alzheimer’s, heart failure, kidney disease, immobility or cancer. Receiving Reiki not only provides a level of energy and relaxation to the elderly, but can also address the emotional nourishment the elderly need – all through the simple act of touch. Learn more about ROSE (Reiki Outreach Services for Elders) at http://www.Reiki4Elders.org. If you are a Reiki practitioner or are interested in helping bring Reiki into the Elder community, visit our Reiki For Your Soul Meetup website and find out about our upcoming events.

Alternative therapies, such as Reiki, bring the body and mind to a better place. It may not take your back pain away tomorrow, but it can give you excellent coping strategies and increased awareness of what modifies the pain. Remember, as you are finding ways to help with your body, the greatest way to gain peace of mind comes with planning for your future and for your loved ones. If you or a loved one is nearing the need for long-term care or already receiving long-term care or if you have not done Long-Term Care Planning, Estate Planning or Incapacity Planning (or had your Planning documents reviewed in the past several years), please call The Fairfax and Fredericksburg Long-Term Care Planning Law Firm of Evan H. Farr, P.C. at 703-691-1888 in Fairfax or 540-479-1435 in Fredericksburg to make an appointment for a no-cost consultation.

 

 

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