By Melissa Lawlor, CNM, IBCLC, Robin’s Nest Midwifery PLLC
Photographed by dKol Photography
According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain affects approximately 11 percent of Americans. Wintertime cold and snowy weather can aggravate chronic pain for many people. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen are typical over-the-counter medical interventions for chronic pain. These commonly used medications may provide short-term relief, but there are risks associated with their long-term use. Alternative therapies for chronic pain are a viable option and should be considered an investment in your body. As always, seek out a physical examination from your primary care provider to address any health concerns.
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