Chronic Pain

Blake Dennis, ND -  - Naturopathic Medicine

Origins Naturopathic

Blake Dennis, ND

Naturopathic Medicine & Wellness Clinic located in Seattle, WA

Chronic pain affects 20.4% of men and women in the United States, yet conventional treatments continue to rely on opioids and other prescription medications. These drugs don't address the underlying causes of chronic pain and can lead to potentially deadly abuse. Licensed naturopathic physician Blake Dennis, ND, and the team at Origins Naturopathic strive to treat your pain from a mind-body perspective, resolving the root cause of your pain while promoting greater emotional and physical wellness. For safe, natural treatment for chronic pain, call the Seattle, Washington, clinic today, or make an appointment online.

Chronic Pain

What is chronic pain?

It's normal to experience pain from an injury or illness now and then. However, pain that doesn't resolve after 12 weeks is known as chronic pain. This debilitating condition can interfere with your ability to perform everyday tasks and participate in the activities you enjoy.

Some of the most common types of chronic pain include:

  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Post-surgical pain

 

Chronic pain can contribute to other health conditions. An increased risk of depression is also associated with chronic pain.

What causes chronic pain?

Many types of chronic pain arise due to a musculoskeletal injury that has affected your nervous tissue. The injured nerves continue to send pain signals to your brain even after the original injury has resolved. 

Certain health conditions can lead to chronic pain, such as:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity

 

Sometimes, chronic pain has no apparent cause. Regardless of whether you've experienced an injury or medical condition, stress, trauma, and unprocessed emotions can contribute to ongoing pain.

How can naturopathic medicine address chronic pain?

Unlike a traditional approach that relies heavily on the use of opioid medications and other pain killers, naturopathic medicine addresses pain from a holistic, whole-body perspective. 

Your Origins Naturopathic provider begins with an evaluation to identify the root causes of your chronic pain. This evaluation includes an assessment of your physical and emotional health, a review of your health history, and a detailed discussion of your pain symptoms.

Once your provider has identified the cause of your pain, they design a custom treatment plan. This plan includes:

Physical medicine

To address musculoskeletal issues, your provider may perform hands-on bodywork such as visceral manipulation, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and other therapies.

Mind-body medicine

Your provider helps you identify emotional patterns that anchor the pain within your body. Using mental exercises, guided meditation, breath training, and emotional processing, they help you work to shift your perspective and release holding patterns that create pain.

Herbal medicine

Herbal and nutritional medicine helps reduce inflammation, promotes tissue regeneration, and supports your shift towards greater ease in your mind and body.

To schedule an evaluation for chronic pain, call Origins Naturopathic today, or make an appointment online.