If you are affected by chronic pain in your life, then you know the challenges it creates. Pain gets in the way of every good time, always flaring up when you least want it. It comes in like a hammer on a birthday cake ruining things when you should be enjoying them.

The pain itself isn’t the only problem. Knowing pain can strike at any moment is equally debilitating. Just knowing that no matter what you’re doing or how much you are enjoying yourself, pain can strike at any second. This can cause fear and frustration keeping you from doing the things you love.

The most common solution for chronic pain today is the use of pain medication to ease your symptoms. The vast majority of these pain medications are morphine-based. Although they are effective eliminating or reducing the pain, they also come with a few negative side effects. These can include dizziness, drowsiness, and a feeling of lethargy as well as negative psychological effects. When the benefits and liabilities are weighed, it can be challenging to determine whether taking these pills is really worth it.

There’s a constant search for alternative medications and therapies that can help ease chronic pain without the awful side effects. The good news is that many alternatives have come into the mainstream and are proving to be very effective at pain management and elimination.

Pilates

Pilates exercises are designed to strengthen your core and all the muscles that are important in managing the strength and balance of the body. Creating a strong core and building muscle throughout the body, can greatly assist with pain management and even eliminate it altogether.

Many of us do not realize how often pain arises from the misalignment and misuse of our spine, joints and limbs. When we do this repeatedly, we can cause tension that turns into pain and even injury. As we repeat these actions over periods of time they can create chronic conditions that are difficult to treat. Doctors are quick to prescribe medication in order to deal with these issues because medication is often looked at as a quick fix.

However medication does not deal with the underlying issues causing the pain. It only masks the pain that is occurring. If the pain appears to be muscle, tendon, ligament, or joint related, a good doctor should direct the patient to a physical therapist who can treat these areas of the body. Physical therapists utilize a range of tools, strategies, and regimens to treat issues with this type of pain.

Clinical Pilates

One of the core exercises used in physiotherapy is clinical Pilates which focuses on strengthening the muscles, joints and tendons while balancing out the body, taking pressure off the bones and joints. Clinical Pilates has been proven to be very effective at alleviating pain. This is because it balances and coordinates the different areas of the body, realigning those areas of the body. When this occurs, pain in the affected area will often decrease or even disappear. This will eliminate the need for or minimize the use of pain medication. As a result, patients will be in better shape both physically and mentally.