When you have chronic pain, every day is tinged with a feeling of discomfort and hesitation. Over time, this pain can stop you from partaking in activities that you once loved, like playing with your kids or taking an exercise class. When it’s left untreated, chronic pain can even lead to mental health complications, such as depression, anxiety, and poor sleep quality.
Unfortunately, many patients have the misconception that medications or surgery are the only options to alleviate chronic pain. In truth, many natural and alternative therapies can offer lasting pain relief, including ozone therapy.
Ozone therapy is a remarkable treatment that supplies your body with life-giving oxygen. Read on to learn more about ozone therapy and its benefits for chronic pain.
An Overview of Ozone Therapy
Ozone therapy involves supplementing the body with ozone, a form of oxygen that’s highly active and reactive, with the ability to restore optimal levels of oxygen in the body. This may be done in a few different ways, including autohemotherapy and prolozone injections.
How Ozone Therapy Works for Chronic Pain
Ozone therapy works for chronic pain in two key ways: by reducing inflammation by promoting tissue regeneration.
Ozone therapy can help ease inflammation and lessen oxidative stress, both of which can help with chronic pain. Ozone has anti-inflammatory effects because it increases blood circulation and boosts antioxidant enzyme activity in the body.
A 2022 study found that ozone therapy reduced inflammation by lowering pro-inflammatory cytokine serum levels, reducing hydrogen, and preventing protein and lipid damage.
Ozone therapy may offer regenerative properties for damaged cartilage, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and spinal discs. This is because it stimulates the body’s natural recovery process, encouraging cells to regenerate and heal injured tissue that can cause chronic pain.
A 2018 clinical study concluded that ozone therapy is an effective option to treat damaged articular cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis. These results indicate that ozone therapy may be beneficial for a range of degenerative conditions.
Schedule an appointment at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine to learn more about ozone therapy and other natural treatment options for chronic pain.