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The FDA finally recommends holistic therapy for pain

Pain Relief

Naturopathic Medicine can Help!

After many years of epidemic prescription opioid drug abuse, the FDA has decided that after much review complementary, hands-on therapies are acceptable first-line therapies including physiotherapy, massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic medicine (spinal manipulation). These treatments have finally been offered a seat at the table because they have been found to play an essential role in managing muscle and joint pain and chronic pain in general.

What does this mean for you?

What was interesting is that depending on the cause and degree of symptoms, these holistic therapies are recommended to be considered first before any drug (opioid or otherwise) treatment. This news is essential for you because spinal manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and physiotherapy have been found to be extremely effective at providing mild-to-moderate relief for your muscle and joint pain. These techniques, when used by licensed and trained individuals, are virtually side-effect free, unlike the drugs that utilized for these conditions.     

My Experience

At my practice, I (Dr. Nelson) focus on proven, science-based, hands-on therapies including spinal manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and physiotherapy to help get my patients out of pain and back to their daily lives. I have and continue to witness these treatments take people out of misery when they thought there was no hope left. I also personally choose these techniques for my aches and pains, especially those that come from exercise and physical activity.

It is also important to note that naturopathic care for low back pain is extremely cost-effective. Based on research may save its users over $1,200 per year. Stop by for a visit at my office and see what hands-on medicine can do for you! 

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* Herman PM, Szczurko O, Cooley K, et al.. Cost-effectiveness of naturopathic care for chronic low back pain.. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. . 2008;;14(2):32–39.

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Dr. Giovanni A. Nelson Dr. Giovanni A. Nelson, ND Dr. Nelson is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Connecticut and specializes in a holistic, noninvasive approach to a wide range of chronic and acute conditions. He is the co-founder and medical director at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical practice. Dr. Nelson is thrilled to be able to share his passion for natural/complementary and alternative health information with individuals to help them live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

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