The Medicine Map–Where to turn?
Do you know why you have chronic pain? In other words, have you been diagnosed? Pain is a symptom of something happening to or in your body. It can be a symptom of a disease process, an injury, or some structural issue.
Knowing what is wrong can give you clues as to who to go to for help. If you don’t know then it is a matter of exploration and it may take sometime to get a diagnosis.
For me, when I got my diagnosis of post-traumatic fibromyalgia I was relieved—I wasn’t crazy, but then I was upset—now what? I got some tools to help manage the pain and fatigue and that helped some. I was left with figuring out what was best for me. Who can you turn to for treatment options? What are your options?
Knowing the territory of medicine can be very helpful in finding appropriate help. There are three main paths that people take; Allopathic or conventional western medicine, Integrative medicine, and Alternative medicine or therapies. If you have a diagnosis then you can concentrate on approaches that work with your disease process. If you don’t, then where do you turn?
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are at least 112 specialties in allopathic medicine, hundreds if not thousands of different modalities and approaches in Integrative and Alternative medicine. Here are some landmarks to look for on your map. Just remember the map is not the territory. No amount of information will match exactly your experience but it can support you in reaching out for appropriate help.
Conventional Western medicine divides into specialties along systems and intervention approaches. Allopathic physicians rely on patented pharmaceutical drugs, radiation and surgery to treat their patients.
Integrative medicine seeks to incorporate treatment options from conventional/allopathic with alternative approaches, taking into account not only physical symptoms, but also psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness.
Alternative medicine is used in place of standard medical care. Many alternative medicine options are now part of integrative medicine since there have been studies on their effectiveness such as acupuncture and massage therapy.
|Internal Medicine||Chiropractor||Energy Work|
|Physical Therapist||Massage Therapy||Reiki|
|Occupational Therapist||Structural Integration||Healing Touch|
|Rheumatologist||Neuro-Muscular Therapy||Aura Cleansing|
|Physiotherapist||Trigger Point Therapy||Chakra Balancing|
|Gynecologist||Yoga||Sound/ Music Therapy|
|Oncologist||Stress reduction||Ayurvedic medicine|
|Surgeon||Trager psychophysical integration||Meditation|
|Orthopedist||Electrical Stimulation||Alexander technique|
Chronic pain is complex and it needs a complex approach. Integrative medicine blends a multidisciplinary approach and seeks to empower the person by seeing them as a whole person and encouraging options for self-care. Alternative medicine can be incredibly powerful but it doesn’t always work but some of the most effective pain management has come out of Alternative Medicine. Understanding yourself and what you need, can help you to find the appropriate resources as well as pulling out your map and checking out the territory.
Tomorrow I will give more details about the different options above. In the meantime, check out the FREE webinar: Discover the 5 essentials to pain relief and being more alive