Reducing Chronic Pain Naturally: Townshend Interview
Natural methods of healing can help to relieve chronic pain and myofascial pain. Without diet and lifestyle changes, we’re missing a key part of the puzzle.
- Myofascial pain refers to pain of the muscles and fascia. It’s commonly involved in challenging cases of chronic pain.
- Myofascial pain can be relieved using GUNN Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) – which uses the same thin flexible needles used in acupuncture, but in a different way.
- Mind-body methods of healing can have an impact on our overall health. That includes sleep and stress.
- A healthy diet can reduce inflammation in the body, and help to reduce pain.
Excerpt from Pathways to Healing by Elaine Zablocki
Published in Townsend Letter 2014
“Heather Tick, MD, is a family physician who’s developed special skills for dealing with chronic myofascial pain. Her recently published book, Holistic Pain Relief, offers a comprehensive review of ways to prevent and/or deal with chronic pain.
Tick’s interest in natural healing started early. Even as a child, she was unusually aware of the importance of natural food. “I remember my friends would encourage me to bake with cake mixes. I would say, oh, no, there are too many chemicals in that mix.”
Tick trained as an MD at the University of Toronto, but her medical training didn’t include “natural” methods of healing. “I took my first acupuncture course while I was still a medical student, but it was not part of the curriculum,” she says. “During that period, I experienced shoulder pain that lingered for many months – but acupuncture stimulated something in my body that allowed it to heal itself.”
“When she started practicing as a family medicine doctor, Tick found that the most challenging cases involved chronic pain, often myofascial pain.”