Prolotherapy and Shiatsu are two very different types of therapy, but what they have in common, is that they both stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Increasingly, people suffering from chronic pain are turning to these alternative therapies for relief because conventional medicine has failed them. The prevailing model of pain management relies heavily on medication with anti-inflammatory, steroid, analgesic and muscle relaxant drugs being commonly prescribed. In most cases these drugs provide only temporary relief, simply covering up or masking the pain without doing anything to resolve the underlying problem.
There is ample evidence that the drugs used to manage pain are not only risky and/or potentially addictive, they actually inhibit the healing process and if used over the long-term can weaken body tissues and worsen the condition that they were prescribed to treat in the first place. Physiotherapy is frequently used in conjunction with drug therapy, but since the drugs inhibit healing, it is often ineffective. When attempts to control the pain have failed, modern medicine turns to more drastic measures such as surgery, joint replacement, destroying the nerves that conduct the sensation of pain or implanting morphine pumps and devices that block pain. These procedures are risky and expensive, and although they may be necessary in some cases, they often fail to address the cause of the pain and even surgery doesn’t always alleviate the pain. Despite its dismal success rate, conventional medicine continues to search for drugs, devices and surgical procedures to deal with chronic pain.
Natural therapies are based on the belief that the body is capable of repairing itself, it just need a little assistance from time to time. Prolotherapy is a minimally invasive form of therapy used to treat musculoskeletal pain. Chronic pain is often caused by injuries to ligaments and tendons, which have a great many nerve endings but a poor blood supply. Treatment involves injecting an irritant solution into the affected ligament or tendon which causes a localized inflammatory response that triggers the natural healing process. It essentially turns a chronic injury into an acute one, activating the immune system and increasing the blood supply to the area. This stimulates the growth of new connective tissue that is thicker and stronger. Prolotherapy can offer permanent relief and has been successful in treating sports injuries, arthritis, TMJ syndrome, tendinitis, sciatica, herniated discs and degenerated joints.
Shiatsu, another effective therapy, is a Japanese healing art that is simple, powerful and holistic. It is based on the same concept of energy movement as acupuncture, but uses non-invasive massage and other manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and correct energy imbalances by releasing energy blockages and moving energy into areas that are depleted. It activates the body’s natural healing process by increasing blood and lymphatic flow. It is regularly used to treat neck, shoulder and back pain as well as the pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalitis (chronic fatigue syndrome).
Alternative therapies like Prolotherapy and Shiatsu are not only more effective at treating conditions like chronic pain, they are far less expensive. They both offer benefits beyond anything that conventional medicine currently provides and with far less risk.
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