By Stephen Rodrigues, MD
Stephen Rodriguez, MD is a pain specialist and author currently writing a book on resolving pain through physical therapy, accupuncture, and holistic methods in an effort to address the source of pain without the necessity of opioid pain killers. When finished, his book will be available at http://drstephenrodrigues.com/index.html.
The following is an excerpt from the book, currently in draft form:
This “high” effect that everyone talks about is not The Whole Truth.
If something is not The Whole Truth, it is a part truth and any statement that is not 100% Truth is a Whole Lie.
The whole truth is that pain medications for the treatment of muscular derived pain is a tragic mistake that was allowed by physicians who lost touch with reality. (In the 1960s)
The human body is perfectly designed to take care of itself. All we have to do is make certain that we take care of our daily requirements of nutrients, wellness, mindfulness, physical exercise, physical therapy, stretching and sleep hygiene. Then our bodies will be able to automatically restore.
If we do not keep up with our daily requirements we will become sick. Muscles demand a daily allotment of physical therapy. I also call PT, TLC.
If you get behind in your daily allotment of physical therapy – TLC, your muscles will store this need into a debt for future processing. This TLC debt will never go away until you pay your body back in the proper amounts and doses of TLC.
It’s quite alright to take comfort medications while you are out and about living life.
Medications are not treatments for this pain.
Medications cannot touch this pathology of pain.
One of the worst medications you can give a human being is opium. Narcotics are opium derivatives which will alter brain chemistry negatively.
This “high” everyone talks about is not completely valid or fair. Opium in the brain drives neurotransmitters bunkers and once tolerance sets in removing the Opium Derivative will make you feel unhinged, sick, tired, sad, depressed, anxious, vomiting, projectile diarrhea with Flu-like misery. The opium derivative once habituated and tolerated by the brain alters yet “false balances” brain neurotransmitters so the patient will feel “normal” with a little sanity.
Restarting the Opium Derivative will nullify those signs and symptoms. This is not a “high,” this is someone who wishes to feel “normal” again. An unstable unbalanced “normal” but “normal” none the less.
The idea of “high” is miscommunicated and a wive’s tale. People simply want to be “balanced” in an unbalanced body.
Try taking any opium derivative for a few weeks and then stop the dose, you will then be able to “feel unbalanced and insane.” If you have not already. I would not put my worse enemy through his ordeal. (well maybe a few people)
Not from the book:
Just to make this 100% clear for those who wish to escape from their painkiller plight. This info is the correct pathway to be cured.
The muscular system is the only location for recurring frustrating pain that everyone will experience in their bodies. Joints and nerves cannot cause recurring frustrating pain.
It’s impossible for the skeleton or the nervous system to be the primary cause and location of recurring frustrating pain.
The treatment for muscular pain is physical therapy.
Physical therapy is the correct set are treatments for derived muscular pain.
Painkillers and surgery are the alternatives, not the primary or proper treatment.
The idea that surgery and or painkillers are the primary treatment is a fallacy, miseducation instigated by a few doctors in the 60’s.
Physical therapy is on a spectrum from Yoga, stretching, range of motion and hot tub. I refer to this class of physical therapy as tender loving care, TLC.
Active tissue release, myofascial release, Chiropractic Care.
Dry and wet needling, trigger point injections and the like.
Sick, tired, beat up, and battered muscles will not tolerate not having enough TLC, and they will drive you crazy.
For most of those who mention that TLC or physical therapy options are not at their disposal – I would advocate for them to be placed back into the standard of care.
I’m certain that if you had a chance to be cured, you probably would choose the curative treatment and be freed from the opium derivatives.
These are all TLC Treatments which will attack and destroy the micro-scars embedded in muscles:
- Stretching on the floor or even in the bed
- Active Isolated Stretching
- Get a foam roller to work on your hip/back and abdominal area
- Swimming, Gardening, Zumba, Dancing
- Aqua-Therapy and Hot-tub Spa therapy
- Graston Technique
- Craniosacral Therapy & Core Synchronism
- Tai Chi and all the Martial Arts
- Reflexology and related options
- Use self-trigger point release or acupuncture with your hands or a T-cane
- Try a Chi Machine
- Use Cupping
- Use Gua Sha
- Find a PT specialist who can perform “Spray and Stretch.”
- Get help from a professional massage person
- Find a John F. Barnes therapist
- Zero Balancing
- Cold Lasers will stimulate healing also via heat generation. I have a Thor Laser that I use on occasion
- Teach yourself needles – as in Dry Needling or ask to be shown DIY needles
Get help from an Acupuncture professional.
Find a graduate of Gunn IMS, (Intramuscular Stimulation). I’m not on the Gunn’s graduate list but have practiced IMS in my office for over 12 years.
Find a trigger point specialist who knows Janet G. Travell, MD or Edward Rachlin, MD.
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