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East meets West

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
edited 10/28/2014 - 4:43 PM in Alternative Treatments
There have always been debates regarding the Eastern philosophy of medicine as compared to the Western views.

I have taken an approach that if there is something available, that it is legal, and it will not cause harm, then it is worth a try.

I started at 15 having all sorts of back spasms, eventually I had surgery for blown L4/L5 discs when I was 28.. Then the saga continued to where I am today. 7 spinal surgeries, 4 total joint replacements and I always look for something that will help with the chronic pain.

I was very fortunate that my physiatrist was open to both sides of medicines. She was the one who got me into seeing my Thai Deep/Soft tissue massage person who basically kept me out of a wheelchair

We are all pretty familiar with the Western approach to medicine. That includes all the chemical compounds for narcotics, muscle relaxers, nerve medication, spinal injections, spinal surgery, etc

But many of us are not aware of all the alternative medical treatments that have been used for thousands of years. If you look at some of them, you will never see a chemically structured medicine. Instead, you will find things that talk about nature, our surroundings and things that we all so close to

This thread is not intended to have you go rush to your doctor and have them start you with some of these alternative medicines. Instead, it is just used as a reference so that you may discover what is available to everyone.

I really started to investigate these because of the years of using chemical formulated medications, my stomach was looking a bit inside out, or outside in

Here is a list of just some of the alternative medicines:

  • - Acupuncture
    - Aromatherapy
    - Astrology
    - Ayurvedic Medicine
    - Biofeedback
    - Cupping
    - Dance/Movement Therapies
    - Feng Shui
    - Flower Essences
    - Gem Therapy
    - Herbalism
    - Holistic Medicine
    - MassageTherapeutic
    - Magnetotherapy
    - Natural Products
    - Osteopathic Medicine
    - Reflexology
    - Reiki
    - Rolfing
    - Yoga Therapy
    - etc
I encourage everyone to look some of these up on the internet to get a better understanding of what they are and how they can help.

Personally, I have tried and still use many of the treatments listed above. I have always had an open mind, which is so very important when you think about all of this. That has allowed me to take in so many and realize the benefits from each of them. You need to believe that these can help.

These are NOT CURES, they are not in place to eliminate a disc that is pressing on a nerve root, nor are they used instead of surgery., After years and years in taking all the formal medicines, I wanted another avenue. I have found it , here with some of the alternative medicines. I've joked with my physiatrist by telling her that if I could be pain free and cured of so many of my problems, I would see a Witch Doctor.

Please note, that in all of my above statements, I have left out faith. While I fully understand and believe in what the powers of faith can do, this area of discussion is not suitable for these online forums. We have established rules that prohibit the discussion of politics and religion. Not that they have value, but any discussion dealing with these subjects can create more problems than any of us what to deal with.

I hope all of you read this thread if just to see that there are alternatives in dealing with our day to day pain and discomfort.

Just take a few of the items listed above and start to research them. I did one at a time to see if there was something out there that could help..... And there was..... And still IS
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • I very much agree with Ron. One of the best things that happened to me on my chronic pain management journey was becoming pregnant. I'd already tried many natural treatments & still do. The one area I had little success was therapists touching or exercising me. I have found that massage, yoga, PT etc. therapists who have specialized in treating pregnant women seem to be far better educated in studying MRIs & making sure that they treat a patient without causing extra pain. The only type of massage I've had which really helps (not just feels good) long term is the type performed by a pregnancy specialist. (far better than chronic spine pain specialist at my PM clinics!)
    In England there are lots of very cheap (or free) classes for pregnant woman & old people. These aren't exclusive! They would all let me join even though I was young & not pregnant at the time.
    It's worth thinking outside the box when it comes to pain management. Pregnancy experts will treat a 60 year old man if he asks for their help!!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Has anyone found an affordable way to get biofeedback? The cheapest quote I got for a series of treatments was $7,000 after insurance payments!!!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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