Things to Consider If You Are Thinking About An Alternative Therapy To Treat YOUR CHRONIC PAIN
Alternative therapies can have a significant benefit for some people living with painful health conditions. Some of these therapies are founded in good clinical practice and have legitimate research supporting their use; however, it is important to be cautious and skeptical of options that sound to good to be true or do not make sense to you. For example see #3 below.
1. Do not use an unproven product or practice to replace conventional care or to postpone seeing a health care provider about chronic pain or any other health problem.
2. Learn about the product or practice you are considering, especially the scientific evidence on its safety and whether it works.
3. Talk with the health care providers you see for chronic pain. Tell them about the product or practice you are considering and ask any questions you may have. They may be able to advise you on its safety, use, and likely effectiveness.
4. If you are considering a practitioner-provided complementary health practice such as spinal manipulation, massage, or acupuncture, ask a trusted source (such as your health care provider or a nearby hospital) to recommend a practitioner. Find out about the training and experience of any practitioner you are considering. Ask whether the practitioner has experience working with your pain condition.
5. If you are considering dietary supplements, keep in mind that they can cause health problems if not used correctly, and some may interact with prescription or nonprescription medications or other dietary supplements you take. Your health care provider can advise you. If you are pregnant or nursing a child, or if you are considering giving a child a dietary supplement, it is especially important to consult your (or your child’s) health care provider
6. If you are considering non drug nutritional therapies, ensure that you find out the CLINICAL RESEARCH and SCIENCE behind it, by asking the provider for clinical evidence that it actually works. You don't want to waste your money on a therapy that does nothing.
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