Every day in the United States, millions of Americans are battling some form of pain. This pain can range from brief to long-lasting. Whether it’s acute or chronic, pain can feel incredibly difficult to manage. Prescription medications can sometimes help you deal with pain, but it’s incredibly easy to develop a drug dependency if you’re not careful. In some cases, seemingly helpful friends or family members will offer up their medications to help with pain relief. Without medical direction, however, the odds of becoming dependent on these medications increase. The work that you do daily can have a big impact on the pain that you experience. Therefore, practicing proper ergonomics can have a very positive impact on your life, potentially eliminating the need for pain medication.
Adding Occupational Therapy to Your Treatment Plan
Addiction recovery shouldn’t be solely about treating the addiction. This disease affects the mind, body, and spirit. As such, treatment should address each of these aspects. Many people began using drugs to cope with physical, as well as mental and emotional pain. Sustainable recovery from addiction, therefore, requires a solution to the physical pain piece.
In occupational therapy, ergonomics helps you look at a wide range of movements performed on a daily basis. Analyzing movement allows you to better identify what the underlying issue is, as it relates to a person’s pain. Activities such as bending, walking, lifting, sitting, getting out of bed, climbing stairs, getting out of a chair, exerting personal care and even doing seemingly relaxing activities are all part of the exploration process of ergonomics. By working with a therapist to discover safer methods of carrying out these tasks, you can create healthy habits to work through your pain, as opposed to relying on an unhealthy substance abuse pattern.
Don’t wait any longer to start working towards a healthier happier life. If you are struggling with pain management, we are here to help. At Avalon Malibu, we offer occupational therapy options to incorporate into your addiction recovery program. Our professionals work around the clock, committed to helping you create a treatment plan that meets your unique goals and needs. It’s never too late to make a change. Speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today at 844-857-5992, and get the help that you need.