From the CDC guidelines, Recommendation #1: “Non-pharmacologic therapy and non-opioid pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain”.
I and many other patients with significant pain have learned through long experience that the CDC-recommended “non-pharmacologic therapies” are mostly not or only slightly helpful for our pain.
Paradoxically, the kind of pain therapies now recommended by the CDC are exactly the “alternative medicine” therapies that were derided and ridiculed by the medical establishment for decades. In the 80’s and 90’s those that tried them were considered foolish suckers and those that offered them were condemned as quacks.
Why are these alternative therapies now preferred for pain?