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Conference Raises Awareness Of Alternative Medicines

Many people rely on their pain medication to relieve chronic pain, but there are a number of alternative treatment centers in Greenville that say they can help you lessen your prescription intake.

The Ruotolo Agency partnered with Active Living to bring businesses specializing in alternative treatments for chronic pain and other ailments together Saturday to let people know they have other options for treatment when it comes to the aches and pains they feel.

Many of the practitioners believe people suffering from diseases such as fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses don't have to solely rely on medicines for relief.

Alternative medicine is something that Christina Ruotolo has done herself. She has fibromyalgia and has found that alternative treatments have helped her tremendously. She says that there are thousands of people in Pitt County suffering from the chronic disease she is trying to cope with.

Treatments such as acupuncture, deep tissue massage, and aroma therapy can help. Other treatments include non invasive devices that monitor stress levels which is offered by the organization Pathways To Life . Exercise techniques and most importantly a healthy diet can help too, according to those at the event.

Cost may be an issue for some but Ruotolo says that alternative treatments are comparative in price to doctor prescribed medicine.

Dr Brian Wirth, a chiropractor with Active Living stresses the importance of an active lifestyle. He says that even a five minute walk a day will strengthen you and eventually you'll be able to walk even longer. He says the goal is to keep moving and moving and that will make you feel better.

Alternative medicine practitioners stress that you should not get rid of your medication for alternative treatments, but that these treatments will help you rely on your doctor-prescribed medicines less.


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