Non-Opioid Pain Therapeutics Seminar

Booking now for healthcare practitioners! This seminar will clarify the practical use of complementary therapies available in Burke County for the purpose of broadening treatment options for patients who experience sub-acute and chronic pain. Read below for program overview, goals, and list of speakers. Email to inquire or book a seminar.

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Seminar Overview

Alternative treatments for pain are no longer, actually, alternative in the "outside of the mainstream" sense; providers, facilities, and communities communities are already using non-traditional approaches with people who are not responding to traditional approaches, or in ways that complement and enhance other forms of treatment, reducing the prescription of opioid pain relief. Burke County’s high incidence of opioid-related deaths has led local practitioners to blend efforts so as to address this problem and to create a proactive approach to the issue pain.

The following therapies are available locally or by arrangement through local providers in Burke County. The key similarity between them is that they are intended, at the root, to treat the whole person rather than only a single element of an individual’s symptoms or behaviors. Therefore, blending treatments is not only desirable, but is also most effective when exploring complementary care for pain: Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Reflexology, Acupressure, Acupuncture, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, Breathe Practice, Holistic Psychology, Ayurveda, Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Sound Therapy, Eco Therapy, Biofeedback & Neurofeedback, Nutritional Therapy, Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation.


  • Blending traditional, alternative, complementary and holistic care

  • Pain neurology and polyvagal theory

  • Holistic psychology techniques for pain reduction

  • Soft tissue manipulation and chronic muscle pain

  • Local practitioners and modalities for blended care

  • Integrating blended wellness into patient care

    • HIPAA

    • Payment options

    • Referrals and followup

  • The opioid-free ED

“Addiction always originates in pain, whether felt openly or hidden in the unconscious.” ~ Gabor Mate

“People often think of pain as a purely physical sensation ... Chronic pain can cause feelings such as anger, hopelessness, sadness and anxiety. To treat pain effectively, you must address the physical, emotional and psychological aspects. ~ American Psychological Association

Attendees will

  • Understand the difference between Alternative, Complementary, and Holistic forms of care and how they each might best fit in with your practice’s treatment model.

  • Have a list of the most recent evidence-based research around pain physiology and neurology, polyvagal theory, and holistic psychology.

  • Have a list of local resources for non-opioid treatment of patients who have sub-acute pain, chronic pain, inflammatory disorders.

  • Be familiar with practical models of providing treatment for or referring patients to complementary treatment, including understanding how to explore billing relationships with practitioners, how to seek discounts for care, communicating with practitioners while following HIPAA, and requesting follow-up for patient files.

To inquire about booking a seminar, email [email protected], (828) 475-5775.

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