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Pain relievers vs. Massage therapy

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Jenna Masschelein

on 14 January 2013

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Massage Therapy Pain Medications VS Everyone experiences pain at some point in their lifetime. Using painkillers provides fast and easy relief; but is it really the best option? Massage therapy has many more positive health benefits then taking over the counter medications for pain relief. Massage therapy has far less negative side effects; is the more natural method of pain relief, and has more long term health benefits than taking painkillers for pain management. Not many know all the negative side effects of pain killers and the print on the bottle is so tiny that most don’t bother to read it. Negatives of Massage Therapy -swelling
-possibility of an allergic reaction to the massage oils used
-possibility of complications from existing problems
Negative Effects of Pain Medications Hepatitis, Gallbladder problems
Painful urination
Poor kidney function
Kidney Inflammation
Frequent urination
Decreased output of urine volume
Kidney failure
Blood in urine
Painful Urination
Dizziness, Fainting
Changes in liver function Jaundice
Liver damage
Fevers and chills
Allergic reaction
Closing of the throat
Unexplained bleeding or bruising, Anemia
Yellowing of skin or eyes
Extreme fatigue
Hives Sore throat or fever
Ringing in the ears
Blurred vision
Complications from this drug have been linked to 103000 hospitalizations and more than 16000 deaths per year in the U.S Constipation
Stomach irritation
Stomach ulcers
GI bleeding
Loss of appetite Massage Therapy is All-Natural Pain Medications Are NOT. are defined as “the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.” Massages It also reduces muscular tension or flaccidity, affects the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhances tissue healing. This manipulation of tissues aids in the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph. The aid in blood and lymph circulation is a completely natural way of healing. It heals because it allows the altered or affected tissue (the ones causing the pain) to have the blood and lymph flow necessary to be restored. These effects also provide a number of other all natural health benefits. Acupressure For Headaches When you take pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen, it keeps injured or damaged cells from releasing prostaglandin (the chemical that lets your brain know when you are injured) meaning that you don’t know the extent of your injury and you could end up overextending yourself. Pain is painful but it is there for a reason! Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong; this allows you to take the steps necessary to correct the problem. The End!!! By: Jenna Masschelein Athletes who take pain medication before or during exercise are putting themselves in grave danger. Not only would they not know the extent of their injuries if they were hurt, but dehydration and overexertion from exercise mixed with the medication could put their kidneys in serious jeopardy. After winning a 24-hour track run in record time, Stephanie Ehret should have been celebrating. Instead, she was in a Phoenix emergency room, vomiting up a strange substance, which a doctor informed her was part of her digestive tract lining. Feverish and nauseous, Ehret could barely move. "I'd never felt so bad," she says. "I was pretty sure I was dying."

A few hours later, doctors diagnosed the problem — rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal precursor to kidney failure. Though dehydration and overexertion contributed to Ehret's condition, doctors told her that the 12 ibuprofen pills she'd taken during the 24-hour race had pushed her kidneys into the danger zone.

When used properly, over-the-counter pain medications can be a godsend. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can tame many pains. And non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen can reduce pain and swelling in the first few days following an acute injury like an ankle sprain. The trouble comes, doctors say, when people, like Ehret, misuse these drugs. "A couple of ibuprofens really helped, so I figured more was better," Ehret says. Indeed, many runners treat anti-inflammatory drugs like "vitamin I," says pharmacologist Joe Graedon, co-author of The People's Pharmacy book series. "They think, I'm putting my body through a lot, so I'll just dose up on ibuprofen, without appreciating how potentially dangerous this drug can be."
As drugs are not natural, there is also the possibly of overusing the drug or building a tolerance to the medication. This would result in the patient needing to take more medication than the average person to achieve pain relief. For example, where a person without a tolerance would only need to take one or two Advils to relieve a headache, a person who has developed a tolerance would need to take six or seven pills in order to feel the same relief. This is very hazardous as it could very easily cause an overdose which could be potentially fatal. While over the counter medications provides a quick fix, massage therapy provides long term results. Benefits of Massage Therapy A stronger immune system
A calmer nervous system
Stress relief
Improved concentration
Better sleep
Mental relaxation
reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
relief of muscle spasms
greater flexibility and range of motion
increase of the ease and efficiency of movement
relief of stress and aide of relaxation
promotion of deeper and easier breathing
improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduction in pain and swelling related to such injuries
reduction in the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries
enhancement in the health and nourishment of skin
improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture
reduction in stress and an excellent stress management tool creation of a feeling of well-being
reduction in levels of anxiety
increase in awareness of the mind-body connection
promotion of a relaxed state of mental awareness
The loosening of tight muscles
Relief for tired, aching muscles
Increased flexibility and motion range
Chronic pain that is diminished
Lowered heart rate and lowered blood pressure -fast pain relief
-reduces risk of blood clot formation
Benefits of Pain Medications Massages have a plethora of untold benefits for your body, both long and short term. Therefore, massage therapy is a better choice for pain relief than medications; it works, and is far better for your health. Massage therapy provides a better quality of life than taking medication for pain relief. Massages actually help rather than hinder as medications do. Opposite of pain medications, massages are not harmful to your body, they do not pump you full of toxins, and they fix the problems rather than ignoring them. Massages, unlike medications, have next to no negative effects. Dissimilar to potentially lethal medications, massage therapy is completely natural. This as we know equates that massages are far superior health wise. Rather than medications which only mask the pain, choose massage therapy.
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