When it comes to rehabilitation medicine, you want whatever works. Whether that’s a prescription or a natural medicine, if it will deliver excellent results to your patient then you’re interested.

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) aims to provide many resources for medical professionals and help the field of rehabilitation medicine and research progress. If you’ve done rehabilitation research on natural pain remedies, their benefits, and their effectiveness, we’d love to see your research. ACRM holds an annual conference for professionals to come together for medical networking and to share the latest and greatest in rehabilitation research. Join us and register for the 2018 ACRM Annual Conference today.

Natural Pain Remedies

It may seem like everyone is jumping on the essential oil bandwagon these days, so you’ll likely have patients who are interested in using essential oils and other natural pain remedies instead of using prescriptions and drugs that could become addictive.

Having in-depth, explanatory research on the effect and benefits of essential oils could enhance the lives of patients who prefer a more natural route to rehabilitation. Even if it’s injury rehabilitation, spine injury rehabilitation, or more, essential oils and spices could supplement other rehabilitation medicine.

Exercise

Patients should obviously use exercise as part of their rehabilitation technique. When done effectively and regularly, exercise could potentially limit the need for rehabilitation medicines that can cause extreme addictions and dependence.

Well-monitored exercise can also eliminate pain, encourage movement, and cause the release of endorphins. All of this works together to increase the happiness and improvement of a patient going through rehabilitation from any injury or condition.

Use Heat And Cold Therapy

Heat and cold therapy have both been used for ages to help relieve pain. Though either therapy will most likely not be enough on its own to replace rehabilitation medicine, both can be extremely useful — especially with injury rehabilitation or improvement after a surgery. Thermal therapy has proven to be effective in rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty, for example.

Have you done rehabilitation research on either of these two alternative therapies? If so, we invite you to contribute to ACRM by sharing your knowledge with us.

Meditate

Depending on the patient’s rehabilitation needs, meditation or yoga can both be beneficial. This alternative rehabilitation medicine has a reputation for being ineffective or hippy-like, but there are studies showing meditation can truly quell pain a lot of patients feel while going through rehabilitation. For example, mindfulness meditation was found to greatly improve chronic pain in a 2015 study. Do you have research on the effects of meditation? Join ACRM and share it with us, all while meeting other medical professionals in your field.

We’re open to all types of rehabilitation medicine — if it works (or doesn’t) we want to hear about it, and so do your colleagues in the medical field. Register for our annual conference today; we’re sure you’ll be pleased with the caliber of rehabilitation research and the medical networking you’ll be able to do.