YO1 Pain Management Program
Pain is a universal symptom from which many people desperately seek relief for. In fact, 75 to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for pain-related ailments and complaints. Whether you’re suffering from joint pain or back pain, these pain signals are the body’s method of prompting self-awareness by communicating that there is underlying disease that needs attending to. Individuals suffering from chronic pain often experience dull, throbbing or shooting pains, along with fatigue and stiffness. Coping with this kind of pain can be a daily struggle, as the pain typically decreases one’s ability to partake in many kinds of physical activity.
At YO1 Wellness Center, we ease pain and discomfort through healing, natural therapies. The therapeutic techniques used on guests are designed to not only provide relief to the body but also identify the underlying reasons causing pain.
Upon arrival, you will meet with a Wellness Counselor who will conduct a pulse assessment to determine your mind/body type. The Wellness Counselor will use this analysis along with your health goals to create a customized pain management pathway to help ease pain and discomfort through healing, natural therapies.
The YO1 Approach
According to Ayurveda, chronic pain is caused by Doshic imbalances and is influenced by many factors such as diet, digestion, toxin accumulation, stress, exercise levels & daily routine. Pain management in Ayurveda is usually done by removing the build-up of toxins & impurities, balancing the nervous activity and stress management.
The YO1 Ayurvedic therapies that help manage pain are:
- It causes blood vessels to expand which increases blood circulation resulting in more oxygen & nutrients reaching the damaged parts of the body.
- It promotes feeling of relaxation which in turn reduces pain.
- It improves strength & enhances muscle recovery.
- It reduces pain & increases body`s healing rate.
- It removes toxins from the circulating system.
- It clears the channels & enhances blood circulation.
- It relieves spasm & stiffness of the muscles.
- The heat generated helps pacify aggravated Vata dosha, thus relieving the pain.
- It relieves aches & pains in the joints by lubricating them.
- It improves blood circulation.
- It channelizes the nerve endings.
- It stimulates the vital points causing faster body revitalization.
- Localized Vastis like Greeva Vasti, Janu Vasti, Kati Vasti improve the functions of the autonomic nervous system, which in turn improve the blood circulation.
- It inhibits the release of prostaglandins.
- It helps relieving pain by nourishing the tissues.
- It is effective in reducing the localized pain & swelling.
Naturopathy is a system which deals with the whole-body concept rather than mere dealing with symptoms. According to Naturopathy, chronic pain may be caused by inflammation, injury, improper diet, or disease condition. Through proper change in the diet and natural therapies like massage therapy and hydrotherapy, the root cause can be addressed.
The Naturopathy techniques include:
Hot Stone Massage
- It promotes deeper muscle relaxation by placing smooth water heated stones at key points on the body.
- The direct heat from the stones relaxes the muscles by allowing access to deeper muscle layers.
- Hot stones can also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body.
- Hot stones have sedative effect, relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
- It releases muscle opioids, increases flexibility in the joints, aiding in easier mobility & movement.
Warm Underwater Message with Epsom Salt
- Warm water relaxes the body, stimulates blood flow in the stiff muscles and frozen joints.
- The warmth of the water works directly on the skin as a pain reliever.
- The soothing quality of the water works on healing and alleviating pain in the muscles and nerves of pain afflicted areas.
- The water jets used in this therapy also provide healing benefits by massaging injured, tense or sore areas.
- It expands the blood vessels and increases the circulation without increasing the blood pressure.
- More oxygen reaches the tissue and nerves which helps reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
- Infrared heat relaxes the stiff muscles and help regain the elasticity.
- It loosens the sore muscles and joints by improving their mobility.
- It breaks down body’s Lactic Acid deposit.
Warm Immersion Bath with Epsom Salt
- It reduces the force of gravity that is compressing the joints through floatation in the water.
- It decreases swelling and inflammation and increases the blood circulation.
- When Epsom salt is added, it can boost Magnesium levels as high as 35% which is important for bone and heart health.
YO1’s Yoga instructors guide guests with the following postures under the Pain Management Program:
Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)
- The Reclining Bound Angle Pose stretches and expands the inner thighs, the groin muscles and expands the hips.
- This soothes internal organs, relaxes body and mind and increases flexibility of the legs.
- It is excellent for pregnant women, it helps with insomnia, stimulates the heart and improves blood circulation.
- Restrictions: It should not be practiced by someone with knee, neck or hip injury, and someone suffering from severe sciatica.
Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall)
- This pose increases blood supply to pelvic area.
- It calms the mind, relieves tired legs and feet, gently stretches the back, legs, torso, and back of neck.
- It relieves mild backache, helps reduce anxiety, headaches, insomnia, and mild depression.
- Restrictions: Guests with glaucoma, detaches retina, hiatal hernia, heart conditions, menstruation, spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, and pregnant women in their third trimester should avoid this.
Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Easy Seat)
- The Downward Easy Seat Pose stretches the back, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.
- It calms the mind, reduces anxiety and fatigue, and sooths and centers the mind for stress relief.
- When practiced with head support, it can help relieve neck and back pain.
- Restrictions: Guests with recent knee surgery, very tight hips, or who are pregnant, should avoid this pose.
Dirga Pranayama (Three-Part Breath)
- This Yogic exercise teaches guests how to fully and completely breathe.
- It increases oxygen supply, helps decrease stress and anxiety, brings awareness into the present moment, keeps lungs healthy and releases muscular tension.
- Restrictions: Guests suffering from asthma and emphysema should avoid this.
Savasana (Corpse Posture)
- Savasana calms the mind and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
- It helps relax the body, reduces headaches, fatigue, and insomnia.
- It helps lower blood pressure, lengthens the spine and improves posture.
- Restrictions: Pregnancy and people who suffer from acid reflux should prop their heads up, people with low back aches should place a bolster under their knees.
Acupuncture is an excellent non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to narcotic pain medications and surgery. Hundreds of controlled scientific studies have proven Acupuncture’s effectiveness in relieving all types of chronic pain, from occasional headaches to chronic severe fibromyalgia, sciatica, and more.
At YO1, we are sure to include Acupuncture in the guest’s wellness plan for any pain issues for these reasons. Our Licensed Acupuncturists have 20 years of experience successfully treating most pain conditions. Since they have extensive training in a variety of techniques and have tested them in practice, we customize our approach to achieve optimum results.
Acupuncture has been approved by the National Institutes of Health for healing a variety of pain conditions, and more doctors than ever are referring their patients to Acupuncture. Research has shown that it releases endorphins in the body, along with anti-inflammatory agents such as prostaglandins, leading to a reduction in C-reactive protein over time, an inflammatory marker.
According to Chinese and Eastern Medicines, Acupuncture relieves pain by working with the “Qi” in our body, sometimes called Life Force or Life Energy. Qi exists everywhere but tends to run in 14 major channels in the body. When the Qi is blocked or stagnate for any of a variety of reasons, there will be pain. So, stimulating the flow of Qi at the Acupuncture points along these channels can alleviate the pain. Sometimes it takes one visit, sometimes several, depending on the severity of the condition. Staying at YO1 for 7-10 days and doing Acupuncture every day is an excellent way to relieve long standing conditions so that they can then be more easily managed at home and with less frequent Acupuncture.
Our therapists have years of experience successfully treating the following conditions:
- Headaches and migraines
- Ear and sinus pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Low back pain and sciatica
- Forearm and hand pain
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Neuropathy (post-chemo and diabetic)
- GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, including epigastric pain)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Irritable Bowell Syndrome
- Genital area pain and painful menstruation
- Painful pregnancy
To achieve the best results, YO1 uses a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques including:
- Traditional Chinese point combinations
- Dr. Richard Tan Balance Methods
- Japanese Meridian Therapy and Moxibustion
- Master Tong points
- Dry Needling
Some techniques work better for certain conditions or on certain guests than others. We know how to achieve optimum results by choosing that which is just right for you.
Want to be out of pain? Come to YO1 and experience the special combination of Acupuncture with Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga. Doing these therapies together will balance your whole-body and reduce inflammation, leaving you feeling like a new person.
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We welcome the opportunity to assist you. If you would like to learn more about the wellness pathways or therapies offered at YO1, please contact us to speak directly with a YO1 Wellness Center representative.