In the U.S., around 30% of individuals will suffer from chronic pain at some point in their lives. The definition of chronic pain is when pain lasts beyond the normal expected healing time, most often more than three months.

Chronic pain sufferers often end up with depression. The chronic pain can lead a person to become de-conditioned, filled with thoughts of despair and hopelessness.

Ketamine is an anesthetic and analgesic medication that has been around since the 1960s, and has since been discovered as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain. Popular opinion has positioned ketamine as a “party drug,” but in reality, it is not a physically addictive substance. It is an effective way to treat and manage acute and chronic pain. It is also a great alternative to opiate-based pain medications. Many patients report a decrease in pain symptoms for up to six months after an infusion.

Ketamine has been a very useful alternative, especially in emergency situations, to opiate painkillers. With opiate abuse and addiction rampant, ketamine provides a much safer non-narcotic option.

In conjunction with ketamine infusions, there are holistic ways to support chronic pain management. Using these six holistic pain management techniques can support the positive results of ketamine infusions, or can be used independently to decrease pain without any medicinal intervention.

1. Set SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. For example, instead of “I will eat healthy,” a SMART goal would be, “I will cook at home twice a week.”

2. Exercise. A simple walk is a great way to get out and get moving. A walk can put less pressure on your joints and keep your body from losing muscle.

3. Relax. Meditation, yoga and active breathing are ways to help promote relaxation. Stress will only enhance any pain you are already experiencing.

4. Have fun. Many people who suffer from chronic pain feel isolated since they are staying at home. Find a hobby that will get you out the house and increase your quality of life.

5. Challenge your thoughts. With chronic pain, it is easy to have catastrophic thoughts. Ask yourself when you come across these thoughts: “Are they true or do I just feel that way?”

6. Sleep. Having good quality sleep improves overall health and alleviates the chronic pain. Make sure you have a good bedtime routine, away from electronics and distractions.

Ketamine infusions are a great solution for many of the 50 million adults who suffer from chronic pain. However, having holistic therapies in your back pocket can help support ketamine infusion therapy, or any other pain management therapy you may be using.

Contact Elev8 MD Wellness Center

Please reach out to our Charlotte ketamine clinic and wellness center for a free consultation, and to learn about the many ways we can help reduce your chronic pain symptoms. In addition to ketamine infusions, we also offer massage, reiki, acupuncture, CBD products, and several other holistic solutions for chronic pain management. Learn about your options, and what we recommend for your unique situation.