Pain Management: New Treatments But Are They Better?

Lacey
February 7, 2020 0 Comment

Chronic Pain Relief Has New Treatments

Chronic pain mechanisms are complicated, which is one of the reasons why pain management is so difficult. Pain can decrease the quality of life of patients that, in many cases, can suffer from constant pain with little to no relief. Desperately trying new treatments in hopes for the pain to stop. There are many types of treatments for chronic pain available in today’s medicine. That is exactly the point, medicine. So much of treatments being prescribed by physicians are pill related, the more invasive suggestion… surgery. Not everyone is jumping for joy to go under the knife to correct chronic pain while the outcome is not 100% going to cure your pain. 

Non-Invasive Treatments For Chronic Pain

When it comes to body pain and fitness, clients and patients look to Muscle Activation San Jose as the experts for non-invasive treatments for pain management. We like to see it as a cure for your chronic pain. Whether it’s back pain, elbow pain, carpal tunnel, or any time of arthritis, MAT therapy has proven to get results.

Muscle Activation Technique targets the weak muscles that are causing the imbalance in your body. 

The Science Behind Chronic Pain

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Putting facts on paper sometimes helps people understand easier. To better understand chronic pain, let’s take a look at the science behind it. Nerves run throughout our body letting us know when we feel cold, hot, tickle, and pain. Sometimes these nerve signals (receptors) get confused after a long time of feeling the same thing. Confused receptors can act up thinking there is pain when there actually is no danger at all. 

Now into the nerd stuff. Hiroshima University has a new theory. Previous research had shown that activating a type of cell receptor (REV-ERBs) that sends chemical signals inside the cell to block the production of certain pain-causing triggers and inflammatory molecules inside the body. The research had shown that a molecule used to ‘turn on’ the REV-ERBs had decreased the production of inflammatory molecules in immune cells. This translates to calming the pain receptors by stimulating these specifically targeted nerves.

New Injections for Chronic Pain

Another study coming out of the University of California at San Diego discovered a new method to block the root cause of pain with the injection of a naturally occurring protein, apolipoprotein A-I binding protein (AIBP). They are calling this “opioid of the future” that is less addictive, and research has claimed it to be a new way to treat neuropathic pain.

This new injection “turns off” a receptor called TLR4 that sits on the surface of nerve cells and searches for signs of infection or tissue damage.  Researchers say turning off the receptor can prevent inflammation and other cellular processes that create the feeling of pain.

Granted this is science and will probably be the doorway into a new drug for pharmaceuticals to pitch but information non the less that can show releasing tension off stressed nerves and retraining them can promote relief in chronic pain sufferers. 

Neuropathic Pain

Many people will also refer to their pain as Neuropathic Pain. This could mean many different issues depending on the patient though neuropathic pain is a common side effect of chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Chemotherapy not only inhibits the growth of cancer cells, it can permanently damage nerve cells and make people sensitive to even the slightest touch. Damaged Nerve will typically result in chronic pain.

Though we talk about prescription drugs and new research claiming to cure chronic pain. Drug dependency is a growing issue in the United States with 1 out of 10 people struggling with substance use, like addiction to prescription drugs. 

At MASJ, we do not believe pharmaceuticals are the way. Though every case is different, we like to approach pain in non-invasive but a fast relief manor.