I believe the physician/patient relationship is the central element of a sound and health-promoting pain management practice. In order for this relationship to work most effectively, it is important that patients be educated in many aspects of what transpires with the doctor. The subjects contained under Patient Education are meant to assist you in your learning process that will allow our physician/patient relationship to develop and mature. Ultimately, each patient must be responsible for his/her own healing with the physician acting as an essential guide, mentor, and supporter of that healing. With this perspective in mind, please read the following articles so we can discuss these matters with greater depth and familiarity.
The Patient Bill of Rights outlines the ethical treatment of patients with chronic pain.
Exercise has been shown to significantly improve function and well-being. Diet and Nutrition have a direct impact on physiology, especially on mediating inflammation. Herbal Supplements assist the body to function more efficiently and represent an important alternative to pharmacological medications.
The pages on Psychological and Spiritual Issues help to further elucidate the complexity of chronic pain management with its concerns and potentials for growth. The Myth of Asklepios is relevant to my practice in that it reveals the archetypal underpinning of holistic integrative medicine as it presents an ancient body/mind/spirit model for healing. Specifically, one can glean value from this myth “if your intention is to establish a foundation of ancient wisdom, sanctity of individual communication with a higher power, and preparation/purification to participate in one’s own healing and to receive healing instructions.”
I hope you enjoy these articles and that they stimulate further thinking about the challenges and mysteries of chronic pain.