Using Mesotherapy For Pain Management
Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive pain management technique that offers slow release, extended relief from pain. It is especially effective in treating back pain, but also enjoys great success in managing pain associated with other musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis and muscle strains. It’s also very popular for the treatment of sports injuries as it shortens recovery time, allowing the athlete to get back to normal activity more quickly than with many other types of therapy.
Developed in the 1950s by French doctor Dr Pistor, mesotherapy takes advantage of the dermis’ ability to store drugs in small amounts, and release them gradually over time. It involves injecting pain management ingredients – such as anti-inflammatories, vasodilators, calcitonin and vitamins, among others – under the skin, directly where the pain is located. These solutions, which are usually botanical, and homeopathic in nature, stimulate the immune, nervous and circulatory systems to improve healing in the affected area. This in turn reduces pain and improves function.
The injections are usually repeated once or twice a week for up to six weeks, depending on the severity of the pain being experienced. Maintenance courses of the treatment may also sometimes be necessary.
Because of the small doses injected at a time, and the fact that the active ingredients injected don’t spread much beyond the injection site, this is a very safe, no-risk treatment. Side effects are usually limited to a little localised bruising around the injection sites, and there is almost never a need to resort to cortisone injections. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any kind of pain management therapy to highlight any potential sensitivity to any of the ingredients.
A Treatment, Not A Cure
It’s important to understand that while mesotherapy is a highly effective pain management technique, it is not a cure in itself. Most chronic pain – back pain, for example - has an underlying cause, which may or may not be completely treatable. In the meantime, however, mesotherapy can relieve inflammation, muscular calcification and spasms. The treatment is most effective when used as a complementary therapy in conjunction with rehabilitative programmes, such a phsyiotherapy.
Dr. Alain Sanua is a qualified doctor with additional qualifications in Homeopathy and Acupuncture. He’s passionate about Integrative Medicine, so why not talk to him about how you can use mesotherapy to manage your chronic pain?