4 Non Pharmaceutical Ways of Treating Chronic Pain

Pain is a common concern nearly anyone who has ever suffered an illness or injury. And, for this reason, doctors are increasingly quick to include pain treatment options as an important component of any treatment plan — ranging from recommending ibuprofen from a common cold to prescribing oxycontin after a car accident.

In some cases, pain control and the cure to illnesses are closely related (or even one and the same.) Many laxatives, for example, simultaneously ease the discomfort associated with constipation while simultaneously treating the root cause of this common problem. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are also considered to be palliative responses to many types of cancers that these treatments can also potentially cure.

In other cases, however, pain treatment and recovery are not directly related. In fact, the negative side effects associated with certain pain medications can even impede recovery in some cases! If this sounds like your case, then you may wish to discuss non-pharmaceutical pain treatment options with your doctors.

Depending on your individual health factors and your diagnosis, you may chose to opt for non-pharmaceutical pain relief in order to reduce painful side effects associated with your pain meds, for example. Given the addiction epidemic that is striking the United States, many people are also weary of using opiate-based pain medication — especially those with a family history of addiction. So this is another common reason why patients may seek non-pharmaceutical pain treatment. Last but not least, even patients who are taking their meds may wish to use alternative pain-relief methods as well.

As long as you get the OK from your doctor, there is no harm in pursuing alternatives — and there could even be a significant benefit. So if you suffer from chronic pain, be sure to check out this list of four common non-pharmaceutical pain treatments that have been proven effective for certain patients.

1. Relaxation.

Finding relief to your pain could be as simple as finding effective ways to promote relaxation. After all, not only do the physical consequences of stress make us more susceptible to pain by tightening muscles and increasing heart rate, the emotional consequences of stress also affect perception of pain! Participating in activities such as meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, pet therapy, and even hypnosis can have palpable effect on your pain levels.

2. Physical Therapy.

Physical therapy, such as low-impact exercise or even just walking and stretching, can help you work toward a long-term resolution of your issue while also providing temporary pain relief.

3. Acupuncture.

Though it’s medical benefits appear to be dubious in a clinical sense, there is still little doubt that thousands — if not millions — of patients swear by acupuncture’s pain-relieving benefits.

4. Massage therapy.

Another time-tested approach to pain management (this one a far better rep in the world of clinical studies,) massage therapy is an excellent way of managing pain by loosening muscles, treating tension, and promoting deep relaxation. To learn more about massage therapy, along with other ways of treating your symptoms, visit Last Stop 4 Pain online today.

About the author 

Ani Papazyan

Ani is a pain relief specialist and an educator. She utilizes advanced pain relief manual therapy techniques, functional nutrition, genetics, and education to help people overcome pain and do what they love.

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