Global inequities of pain relief continues in the form of not having access to proper pain medications to excessive over-use creating dependence and addictions. Uncontrolled pain leads to increased numbers of death and suffering throughout the world. Fear of creating addiction to pain medications prevents many countries from making pain medications accessible to those who suffer from severe chronic pain such as HIV and cancer (WHO, 2011). Almost 2 million Americans were dependent on opioids for non-cancer pain according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2014). Complications associated with excessive use of opioid pain medications include constipation, dizziness, nausea, falls, physical dependence, coma and overdose with death (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Integrative and holistic pain management modalities have proven to be effective at controlling, reducing, or eliminating pain (Cherkin, Sehrman, Balderson, et al. 2016).
Holistic nurses are responsible leaders for the initiative to provide holistic integrative pain management modalities to those suffering with chronic pain. On a global perspective, we can assist those who are in severe pain with out access to appropriate pain medications.
Developing understanding of subtle energy flows through the body provides foundation for successful therapeutic pain reduction interventions. Holistic nurses easily learn how to utilize meridians, acupressure and neurovascular points, and chakra clearing as the natural body energies that release pain and suffering. Holistic nurses utilize the energetic keys to relieving pain in a natural way that empowers patients and families to utilize integrative modalities for comfort, health and restoration of function.
- Participants will be able to appraise data related to complications associated with use/underuse of opioids for pain management.
- Participants will be able to discuss holistic energy medicine principles.
- Participants will be able to demonstrate and practice pain relief modalities.