Pain Management Specialist

LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness

Integrative Medicine located in Palmdale, CA

Believe it or not, about 20% of adults in the United States experience chronic pain. Don’t let long-lasting pain sideline you from enjoying your favorite activities. At LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness in Palmdale, California, board-certified family physician and registered dietitian Karen Marie Glover, MD, RD, uses holistic remedies to treat pain naturally and restore your quality of life. Call LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness to learn more about natural pain management, or book an appointment online today.

Pain Management Q & A

What is pain?

Your nervous system signals pain when something isn’t quite right within your body. Discomfort might feel like:

  • Tingling
  • Prickling
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Sharp pain
  • Dull pain
  • Throbbing pain

Chronic pain is long-lasting pain that continues for weeks, months, or even years. Acute pain often signals an injury requiring treatment. Pain can affect any area, but commonly occurs in your head, neck, back, joints, or all throughout your body.

What causes pain?

Pain is caused by psychological, genetic, environmental factors, or a combination of these. Examples include:

  • Psychological distress
  • Stress, anxiety, or muscle tension
  • An automobile accident or whiplash
  • Muscle, tendon, bone, or joint injuries
  • A head injury
  • Chronic diseases, such as arthritis or cancer
  • Increasing age
  • Being overweight

The cause of pain isn’t always entirely clear. Dr. Glover works with you to determine the root cause and find a natural pain-management treatment plan you’re comfortable with.

What are natural pain-management strategies?

Natural pain management involves using holistic therapies to enhance your body’s natural ability to heal itself and ease the pain. In many cases, it helps you avoid addictive pain medications and expensive surgeries. Examples of natural pain-management strategies include:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy eases pain and enhances healing naturally. Dr. Glover recommends strengthening and stretching exercises based on your unique needs, or refer you to a qualified physical therapist in your area.


Acupuncture, or inserting tiny needles into strategic points within your skin, is another natural pain management strategy that’s worked for many patients. Dr. Glover lets you know if it’s right for you.


Massage eases pain due to muscle tension or injuries. It reduces head, neck, shoulder, and back pain naturally, and is an excellent stress reliever.

Heat, ice, and compression

If you have a muscle, tendon, or joint injury, heat, ice, and compression reduce inflammation, enhance healing, and ease the pain.

Herbal or other supplements

Dr. Glover lets you know if herbal or other dietary supplements can relieve your pain based on its root cause. Because she’s a registered dietitian, Dr. Glover has expertise in this realm.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes help heal your body from the root cause of acute or chronic pain. Examples include dietary changes, seeking mental health treatment, reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep, losing weight if you’re overweight, and exercising regularly.

Additional options

If natural treatment options fail, Dr. Glover may recommend medications, injections, or surgery in severe cases. However, she always recommends the least invasive, most natural options first.

When you’re ready to ease pain naturally and avoid addictive pain medications, call LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness today or schedule an appointment online.