Pain relief; it’s something we (unfortunately) all end up looking for sooner or later.
Pain is a sensation that we all feel in our own, individual way. Our body is covered in pain receptors which all share the same important role; telling us that there is something “wrong” happening outside or inside of our bodies. However, while pain is an important way of letting us know that a surface is too hot, or that the fish we had for dinner last night wasn’t good, pain itself is not a pleasant experience for most people. When it comes to pain and soreness due to extraneous exercise or a prior sports injury, there are a myriad of ways of relieving such discomfort, from pain medication to ice packs. Thankfully, at Enhanced Wellness, we have science-backed, effective, natural practices to help relieve pain and improve recovery time. If you are ready to feel better and get back to what you enjoy doing, keep reading.
Here are a few of the services we offer at Enhanced Wellness to aid with pain relief. Our guests can opt for any of these services as individual treatments, mix and match, or utilize all of them for a comprehensive approach to wellness. We recommend pairing any or all of these relieving services with other services for optimal outcomes.
Compression therapy is an effective method of applying controlled pressure to the body to increase blood flow. This method amplifies lymphatic functions and supports the venous system by applying pressure to areas of the body with restricted blood flow. By adding pressure to these areas, the veins in the limbs have a chance to open and loosen. This loosening decreases venous pressure and reduces swelling. Less swelling means a decreased sensation of pain and an increase of blood flow to the heart. This improved circulation brings oxygen and nutrient supplies to your muscles in a timely manner, relieving discomfort and reducing recovery time between workouts.
Compression therapy is perfect for anyone who wants to enhance their wellness and increase circulation for better physical function. Ways that this therapy can help you include:
- Improved blood flow and circulation
- Reduced recovery time after workouts
- Reduces swelling and inflammation
- Decrease in muscle pain or discomfort
- More relaxed nervous system
- Improved range of motion
- Prevention of post-workout soreness
NAD therapy is a unique treatment option that comes with an abundance of health benefits for our bodies. Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) is a coenzyme that binds to other elements in our bodies for more effective wellness results. Though this form of treatment has been around for decades, it’s popularity continues to grow due to its numerous benefits for bodily functions and advances in the way that NAD therapy can be administered. At Enhanced Wellness, we use a more efficient type of IV drip, which greatly reduces session time. Our treatment typically runs for 1-2 hours instead of the conventional 6-8 hour NAD sessions commonly seen in other wellness centers.
Besides stimulating brain function and other vital processes that occur within the body, NAD therapy also has benefits in the area of pain management. Our bodies contain a family of protein molecules called sirtuins. These proteins play an essential role in the body’s inflammatory responses and antioxidant expression. The presence of NAD coenzymes is necessary for optimal sirtuin function, which aides with reducing inflammation and relieving pain
Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy is when your body absorbs wavelengths of natural red and infrared light. Red and infrared light are similar to natural sunlight, without harmful UV rays. Low levels of red light and infrared light have the ability to stimulate the release of serotonin and endorphins (aka “happy chemicals”) and induce healing within the skin, muscle tissue, and other parts of your body. Red light therapy has been found to help with various forms of pain, such as dental pain, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
In addition to pain relief, this therapy has also been found to boost mood and energy levels and is considered an effective treatment for major depressive orders with seasonal patterns. Red light therapy can also help with the following:
- Speed healing processes
- Encourage tissue regeneration
- Autoimmune diseases
- Athletic performance
Improvement in any of these areas can lead to an overall increased quality of life and will certainly help you feel great!
Cryotherapy or cold therapy is another service that we offer that has a long history of being used for pain management. This method is applied by subjecting a part or the entire body (Whole-body Cryotherapy) to freezing temperatures for a short period of time. This shock to the system induces a series of responses from our body. The extreme cold causes the immune system to increase white blood cell count; by increasing cellular survival the body is better able to reduce inflammation and ease the pain signals going to the brain. Cryotherapy has been found to promote faster healing of athletic injuries, boosts metabolism, and increase muscle recovery time post-workout.
This therapy has also been found to be effective for different forms of chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome. Other pain relief applications include:
- Runner’s knee
- Lower back pain
- Arthritis pain
- Pain or discomfort caused by extended time in a sedentary position such as office or at-home workers
- Pain and swelling after a hip or knee replacement
- To treat pain or swelling under a cast or a splint
Besides the benefits that Cryotherapy has towards pain management, is also the tremendous boost this method can have on our energy and mood levels. The extreme cold induces a flight or fight response within our body which releases endorphins and enhances circulation, increasing our energy.
Endorphins are the body’s natural happy chemicals. They are the brain chemicals in charge of relieving pain and elevating our moods. Whole-body cryotherapy treatment will stimulate the production of endorphins, even in those with mood disorders.
Though it is a different therapeutic procedure, contrast therapy can almost be thought of as an extension to cryotherapy. While cryotherapy solely deals with immersing oneself in extreme cold, contrast therapy also places you on the other side of the spectrum by alternating between very hot and cold temperatures.
This rapid alternating or contrasting between hot and cold temperatures evokes changes within your circulatory system. When a part or all of the body is immersed in hot water, small blood vessels called capillaries respond by opening up in a process called vasodilation. The opposite is true once you are immersed in cold water, with the capillaries getting smaller in a process known as vasoconstriction. This rapid opening and closing of the blood vessels near the site of an injured or sore area creates a pumping action that is thought to help decrease swelling and inflammation.
Decreasing the swelling and inflammation of a particular area of the body is one of the ways that contrast therapy can diminish the effects of pain. In addition, studies have also shown that this therapy is also effective for the reduction in fatigue and muscle soreness after sporting activities. This enables you to recover faster and go back to doing the things you love. Common areas applied are:
- Lower Legs
For a more comprehensive approach to achieve balance and amplify your wellness, consider pairing any of our pain-relieving services with our other services:
- Red Light Therapy
- NAD Therapy
- Fast Vitamin IV (60-90 Seconds)
- Peptide Therapy
- Contrast Therapy
- IV Drip Therapy
- Infrared Sauna
- Compression Therapy
Give us a call today and get started on your route to Enhanced Wellness!