I have recently been working with a client who was in a terrible car accident, suffering a concussion, many spinal and rib fractures, and other musculoskeletal injuries that left her in excruciating pain.
Through three months of hospital intensive care, acute care and rehab, the only relief she was offered for her pain was exercise and drugs, such as opioids.
Since she has come to me for help, I have employed other techniques and tools to quell her pain, including light and laser therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or tapping.
And, I’m happy to report, in just six weeks of such treatments, she has found dramatic relief.
From the start, EFT has helped to relax her mind and body and decrease her stress reactions to her emotions, paving the way to regeneration and better healing.
She has reported that her rib pain, which had been impeding her ability to participate in her rehab exercises, was reduced drastically in just two sessions. Her low back pain has also shown great improvement, and her knee pain, constantly present, is no longer an issue, allowing her to walk for long distances without any aids.
Her independence is limited now by vertigo. So next up is treatment for the vertigo and headaches, which we will address with the light therapy and more tapping. While she has had some temporary relief for both, we’re hoping to see more permanent results.
I am pleased with her progress using these alternative therapies. Still, I have been left asking myself how common her pain-relief experience was prior to seeing me. How many patients in excruciating pain are not being offered physical and psychological treatments as alternatives to opioids in primary-care settings?
I am also wondering what barriers and challenges healthcare professionals may be facing that prevent them from making use of or being in a position to offer alternative treatments, such as insufficient time to spend with clients or a lack of resources to purchase technologies or equipment.
I am not alone in wondering about the limitations of physiotherapy offerings. In a joint November/December, 2017, article in the magazine Physiotherapy Practice, David Butler, Lorimer Moseley and Timothy Cocks, all respected pain-management experts, write that physiotherapists should be leading the way out of what they call an “opioid crisis.” “Now is the time to really awaken, rise up, use and enhance our skills to do something about the problem of pain,” they write.
Dr. Rick Leskowitz , a psychiatrist and member of the Association for Comprehensive Psychology (ACEP), wrote an excellent commentary on energy psychology, EFT and paradigm shifts that is published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
I would be very interested in hearing from you on this topic. Whether you are a healthcare professional or someone who has turned to healthcare pros for pain relief, please share your thoughts and experiences so that we can better offer effective pain management beyond drugs. Please feel free to leave your comments.