America is clearly embroiled in an opioid crisis. And the roots go back to over-prescription of pain medications by doctors who were either poorly informed, sadly deliberately mis-informed by Big Pharma or lacked the ethics to consider the long-term consequences of continuing to prescribe these dangerous medications. We at Restore Fx are committed to helping patients learn to manage their pain in ways that are SUSTAINABLE.
How can you determine what is a sustainable treatment for chronic pain?
At Restore Fx we have what we call the "pocket test": is it FREE? Because if it isn't you may not be able to continue to afford it at some point; is it PORTABLE? Because chronic pain follows you throughout your day-- to your work site, to the family reunion, to the church picnic and to your kids soccer game. So if you can't bring your treatment with you wherever you go, it's not of much use to you; and is it SELF-ADMINISTERED? Because if you have to go see someone to administer the treatment (i.e. massage, chiropractic, injections, surgeries or even renewing a pain medication prescription) what are you going to do when it's 3AM and your pain is through the roof? You need to be able to SELF-TREAT pain, wherever, whenever and even if you are alone at that moment. So if it doesn't pass the "Pocket Test" you may want to reconsider having it be a mainstay in your management of chronic pain. Imagine depending on chiropractic visits and then going on a family trip to another state. You wake up in terrible pain and have no other tools for managing the pain because your "go-to" is the chiropractor. I have no problem with chiropractic care, or massage therapy, or physical therapy or other treatments administered by other professionals. They can be great additional resources once you have some good "pocket-tested" tools.
What tools would pass the "pocket test"? At Restore Fx we teach mindfulness meditation, yoga, Pilates, stretching, self-massage, appropriate use of heat and ice, self-correction techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, nutrition and appropriate self-administered exercises. All of those things can be done on your own, without paying any money or seeing a professional. If you are not familiar with these tools you may want to look into our services or find a local provider who can teach you.
Wishing you health and wellness in your journey living with pain,
Krista Jordan, Ph.D., ABPP