Long term prescription opioid use is a phenomenon that has become the leading cause of injury/accident death nation-wide. Despite increased public awareness, little headway has been made in decreasing the escalating death toll. While chronic pain is the reason given for the indefinite application of prescription painkillers, most pain sufferers are unaware of the long term effects of unlimited narcotic use, and unexposed to various non-opioid pain management options.
The aim of this course is to provide the participant with enough relevant information to make safe choices regarding practical pain management. A brief history on the development of the opioid crisis will be used to provide background on this subject.
Fundamentals in pain signal processing will be reviewed, and the long term impact of narcotics on mu opioid receptors will be addressed. Non-toxic pain management approaches will be investigated, with an emphasis on functionally-based strategies. The relevance of strategically applied biofeedback will be discussed as it pertains to pain signal transmission, and clinical outcomes will be presented.
The participant will emerge with a greater appreciation of hazard-free chronic pain management options.