Opioids should be a last resort in managing chronic pain - biokineticist

Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of a sufferer's life.

To improve their quality of life, many rely on pharmaceutical drugs.

Biokineticist Jonathan Joshua says, however, that opting for opioids to manage pain should be a last and not a first resort.

Currently the world of pain management is changing rapidly towards non-pharmaceutical measures and advice.

Jonathan Joshua, Biokineticist

It's basically to try to get the public to understand what pain is... In pain science it is known as an unpleasant sensory and emotional and cognitive experience with or without tissue damage

Jonathan Joshua, Biokineticist

We're talking about pain that is persistent and pain that starts to seep into a person's emotional state and their social interactions and their workplace and their quality of life, essentially.

Jonathan Joshua, Biokineticist

But what is the alternative to taking pain medication?

There are many more resources from which to target pain as opposed to just the simple opioid you would get over the counter or get prescribed.

Jonathan Joshua, Biokineticist

Joshua says while there is a place for pain relief through medication prescribed by a doctor, patients should also be empowered to explore other avenues. He explains what he means with the term "motion is lotion".

In my world, movement is a really great antidote. It's what two prominent professors described as a master key to the medicine cabinet and so it's about using non-pharmaceutical resources, for example exercise and movement, to have an opioid kind of response.

Jonathan Joshua, Biokineticist

Motion is lubrication - humans are born to move and I think a large part of our lives we spend sitting.

Jonathan Joshua, Biokineticist

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