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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Alternative Ways to Treat Chronic Pain

While medicine these days is fantastic, there are still lots of things that it can’t help with. People can have chronic pain which doctors simply can’t get to the bottom of, and when standard painkillers don't help (and are damaging to the body) what comes next? Thankfully there are plenty of safe, alternative methods you can try which have been shown to be extremely helpful to some people. Whether you want to come off painkillers, lower your dose or supplement them, here are a few treatments you could consider.

Massage

Massage can release tense muscles, reduce aching and causes the brain to release serotonin- it’s ‘happy chemicals.’ So as well as assisting with pain physically, it can also make you feel better mentally too. Back, neck and shoulder pain are issues that many people can suffer with for years and which doctors can struggle to treat. A professional deep tissue massage and an adjustment from a chiropractor may help. If you feel as though areas in your body are locked or sticking, these adjustments release them and offer an enormous amount of relief. 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help to reduce inflammation in the body, which in turn can reduce pain. The benefits are scientifically proven so withhold your skepticism and give it a try if you can. It’s been shown to stimulate the nerves and even can help them to regenerate which is beneficial since the nerves are one of the huge causes of those who experience chronic pain.

Herbal Pain Relief

There are numerous herbal pain relief products out there which have been shown to be effective. They’re safe and legal, so you really have nothing to lose by trying them out. Check in at your local Chinese herbal medicine stall and see what they advise for you. According to sources such as WeThinkHealth, cannabis oil can have immense benefits. This isn’t a drug, rather a new way of health. You could do some research in this area and decide if it is something you could consider for your chronic pain. 

Counseling and Pain Specialists

Pain might be in the body but it’s experienced in the brain. Therefore learning different coping techniques can help you deal with pain far better. This could be focusing your attention elsewhere, different breathing techniques and positive thinking. It’s not going to get rid of pain or solve the problem in your body, but it can allow you to be far happier and deal with things better. If you don’t want to keep increasing your medication this is a good one to consider. 

Mediation

Meditation allows you to completely relax which is highly beneficial for the body. It’s been shown to help people deal with all sorts of different pain, and it’s something that anyone can do. You don’t need a professional, special products or anything else- just a comfy bed or chair. Try out some different apps and online programs to listen to if you’re unsure of where to start.