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Spine and Pain Care Treatments Available in Northern Illinois

The following treatments are available through KishHealth System Spine and Pain Care Centers and Physical Therapy Centers or other community providers. Your KishHealth System pain management specialist can refer you to community resources when necessary.

Some procedures and practices may not be covered by insurance.

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Epidural injections
  • Implantable drug delivery systems
  • Massage therapy
  • Mind-body integration therapies
  • Mindfulness orientation
  • Movement therapies
  • Neural therapy injections
  • Occupational therapy
  • Osteopathic manual therapies
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiofrequency neurolysis
  • Selectively placed nerve and join injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation

Pain Management Techniques You Can Do on Your Own

Massage, breathing, and attitude are three key pain management techniques you can do on your own or with the help of a caregiver.

Massage

Muscles automatically contract around any painful site to support and protect the area. If pain is resolved quickly, muscles relax. If pain persists, muscles can become habitually contracted.

Sometimes contractions press on nerves causing tingling, numbness, and more pain. Massage helps by stretching tight muscles and by stimulating the nervous system to relax muscle tension.

Breathing

The breath of life means exactly what it says. To breathe is to live. Life is defined by breath. We take our first breath when we are born and our last breath the moment we die. A human being can exist without food for weeks without water for days but without air, we cannot exist for even a few minutes.

Breathing correctly:

  • Reduces your stress response
  • Allows your autonomic nervous system to become normalized
  • Improves your health

Learn how to breathe correctly:

  1. Take the deepest breath you have ever taken.
  2. Breathe very slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  3. Slow, deep rhythmic breathing triggers a relaxation response.
  4. When you breathe you are producing one part of the relaxation response which begins a chain of beneficial changes in your body.
  5. Now try the process again.
  6. Begin breathing in through your nose to the count of four.
  7. Now exhale through your mouth to count of six.
  8. Make sure that you are exhaling more slowly than you are inhaling.
  9. While you are exhaling, feel and encourage your muscles to relax, letting out all your tension.
  10. When you feel tense or under pressure, you will like experience increased pain. Know that this kind of breathing can be done anywhere and anytime you feel tense or under pressure.
  11. An expert in relaxation has recommended taking at least 40 deep breaths a day.
  12. Increase oxygen intake from deep breathing will neutralize withdrawal symptoms. If you have recently stopped smoking, by increasing your supply of oxygen, you will probably be surprised at the increase in your stamina and brain activity.

Attitude

A history of depression and anxiety, difficult personal life circumstances, and the emotional effects triggered in the brain by chronic pain impulses can all lead or contribute to feelings of despondency and self-pity. Such feelings further feed the cycle of chronic pain. Occasionally antidepressant medication can be of value. Ultimately, however, one must not give in to such feelings but seek to foster loving, supportive and positive relationships and live as active and productive a life as possible with a clear sense of purpose.

Contact Us

Schedule a consultation and exam at one of these KishHealth System Pain Management Centers by calling:

815.748.2987

A doctor’s referral is recommended.

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