At Wellness First, our approach to Pain Management includes a highly trained staff from a variety of specialties who work with the patient to develop an individualized program to decrease both the physical and emotional suffering that comes with chronic pain. When the cause of the pain cannot be eliminated, the goal of treatment becomes relieving suffering and helping return the patient to a high quality of life.
We encourage patients to view pain management as a toolbox. Just as you can’t build a house with just a hammer, you can’t achieve effective pain management with prescription medication alone. Even with the additional “tools” of injection therapy, surgery or physical therapy, pain patients will frequently find that their toolbox is woefully empty. The role of Wellness First Chattanooga is to help the patients fill those toolboxes with a variety of research-based treatments, skills, education, and more. This approach helps patients to more effectively manage their pain, increase functioning at work and at home, and improve health and quality of life. Some of the “tools” we offer include:
- Education about pain, pain medications, the use of alternative treatments, and general health issues such as stress management, nutrition, exercise, and more
- Teaching a skills-based approach to help patients learn ways to better manage their pain
Specific interventions offered by Wellness First Chattanooga include:
- Group and Individual Therapy
- Therapeutic Touch/Reiki
- Smoking Cessation
- Yoga/Gentle Stretching
- Nutritional Counseling
- Nutritional Supplements
All of the above (with the exception of the supplements, which we sell at our cost) are included at no cost during patients’ monthly visit. We encourage patients to participate in these therapies to receive maximum pain relief.