December 21, 2013

Holistic Pain Relief by Heather Tick, MD

Holistic Pain Relief by Heather Tick, MD is a written by an integrative medical practitioner. Focusing on relieving chronic pain, this is a much needed book for the millions of people who suffer from this.

Book Description
Chronic pain has become an epidemic in North America, yet our current health care system is ill equipped for treating sufferers. An expert in both conventional and holistic medicine, Dr. Heather Tick has spent twenty-five years treating patients for whom “all else has failed.” Based on her experience, Holistic Pain Relief offers practical guidance to anyone with pain. It includes easy-to-implement solutions for effective and permanent pain relief and also offers help to those with chronic conditions who feel confused, worried, or hopeless.

Dr. Tick presents a new way of looking at pain with a focus on health. By helping you make informed choices about physical, emotional, and spiritual living, Holistic Pain Relief offers possibilities for recovery and information on a wide range of treatment and prevention options, including acupuncture, chiropractic techniques, intramuscular stimulation, dietary supplements, medication, nutrition, and exercise. The result is a realistic — and inspiring — prescription for pain-free living.” – Holistic Pain Relief

My Thoughts
Holistic Pain Relief is a book that focuses on a very big problem: pain. It is something that millions of people are affected by, and it isn’t always an easy fix. Chronic pain is something that people learn to live with, and often it goes unrelieved, even with the pain medication that they are receiving to help ease their symptoms.

This book explores the pros and cons of a large variety of treatments for pain including Western and alternative treatments such as medications, acupuncture, nutrition, chiropractic techniques, exercise, intramuscular stimulation, and much more.

The author is the type of doctor that is easy to understand and communicates this very well throughout the book. She gives the positives and negative aspects to take away from learning about each type of treatment, and gives patient stories, references, and scientific research to back it up.

I really liked reading about how what we eat nutritionally changes our body chemistry and can help (or harm) us. I also appreciated reading this book from both a medical perspective and as a person who knows someone who could benefit from some of the examples in the book.

This is an excellent book, and I think that this would be the number one book on pain that someone should read who wants to help themselves, or someone they know with pain issues. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Holistic Pain Relief, New World Publishing, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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