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Manage Pain With Mind-Body Healing

Unchecked pain may lengthen recovery time from illness or injury, wear down emotional well-being and erode quality of life.  Many people turn to medication to treat pain, but reports of dangerous side effects continue to pile up for over-the-counter and prescription drugs alike (Arch Intern Med 2005;165:1363-9).

But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer.  Exciting new research shows the power of mind-body healing to greatly reduce pain.  Mind-body medicine, long a key aspect of many Eastern healing practices, harnesses the power of the mind to improve physical well-being.  Now, its popularity is growing in the West as an alternative to conventional drug-based therapies.  This fits in beautifully with the holistic chiropractic approach provided by Dr. Smith.

Hippocrates wrote that “the natural healing force withing each one of us is the greatest force in getting well”.  Mind-body medicine embraces this prospective by emphasizing the use of one’s own thoughts and emotions to restore health.  It is a perfect supplement to chiropractic care, which also focuses on tapping into the body’s ability to heal itself.

To maximize your body’s ability to heal itself, Dr. Smith recommends that patients struggling with pain consider adding any of the following mind-body therapies to regular chiropractic:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Meditation
  • Biofeedback
  • Hypnosis

Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator

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