Alternative Treatments for Pain Management

Alternative treatments aren’t the first option people think of when dealing with pain. Common pain relievers are available along with prescription medication, but natural healing practices can soothe pain without any possible side effects. Many of these alternative treatments are also enjoyable and great for reducing stress. If you have been suffering from pain and find it hard to function every day, there are popular methods many people opt for to relieve pain.

Dance is a great alternative healing practice. Regardless of if you have two left feet, dancing can increase mobility, flexibility, muscular endurance and strength. Sign up for a dance class in your area, search for videos online or create your own fun routine. Just get up and move.

Acupuncture has been part of Chinese healing for at least 2,000 years. Numerous studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in treating pain including fibromyalgia, back injuries, osteoarthritis and sports injuries. Acupuncture restores a healthy flow of energy called Chi (also known as Qi). Regular acupuncture sessions last up to 40 minutes. The number of needles used depends on the area being treated or the acupuncturist.

Aromatherapy is now used for a variety of conditions. Aromatherapy has been a medicine staple for Chinese, Greeks, Egyptians and Romans for centuries. Being positively stimulated by soothing smells can help ease chronic pain. Aromatherapy can be administered via a diffuser, inhaler or a massage using essential oils. Some essential oils considered beneficial include lavender, chamomile, African marigold and peppermint oil.

Chiropractic treatment is effective for a variety of pains in the lower back, neck, and sports related injuries.

Yoga is believed to have numerous health benefits including increasing flexibility and reducing stress. Yoga helps a person’s concentration and breathing which links the mind and body. If done properly, you can achieve a wonderful sense or relaxation. Yoga also teaches awareness of proper posture and body alignment which is important for body comfort.

Hypnosis can reduce acute and chronic pain. During hypnosis, a hypnotherapist will temporarily help your brain tune out and focus on relaxation. Some hypnosis treatments can last up to an hour or be as short as 10-15 minutes.

Massages are alway great for relaxation. Massage therapy helps increase muscle circulation and excellent for those with rheumatoid arthritis, neck, back injuries and fibromyalgia.

Music Therapy has a positive effect on people with pain.  According to US National Library of MedicineNational Institutes of Health, music has reduced anxiety, depression, pain-related distress and pain intensity levels. Music therapy works by having people listen or perform to music.

When choosing the right alternative treatment, always do your homework to pick what’s best for you. Combining traditional medicine and alternative treatments can be a great healing plan for every person.

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