Natural pain management techniques
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Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Natural Pain Management Techniques
Most people believe that they only have two options when it comes to chronic pain – either take
medication, or live in misery. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. There are many natural
pain management techniques that do not require you to take harsh medications that may cause side
effects; nor do you have to live with pain day after day and lessen your quality of life. Here are a few
techniques that can help you manage and control your pain:
• Massage Therapy: This is an ideal treatment for those who suffer from osteoarthritis, chronic back
pain, fibromyalgia, tension headaches, neck pain and pain related to post-surgery. Recent studies have
shown that massage therapy can boost levels of serotonin and endorphins—the body's natural mood
regulators and painkillers, as well as reduce stress hormone levels. Massage therapy can also help at a
molecular level, working to turn off the genes that are related to inflammation.
• Acupuncture: This treatment can help with those who suffer from back pain, migraines, headaches,
sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. This is an ancient practice that involves inserting tiny
needles into various pressure points in the body. This helps to restore and correct imbalances of energy.
While there is no specific scientific or medical evidence to support that this method works, several studies
suggest that patients felt pain relief after several sessions of acupuncture.
• Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Many medical experts agree that this mind-body treatment is
one of the most successful when it comes to managing chronic pain. It can change the way you think
about your pain, which in turn reduces the stress and anxiety associated with your condition. When your
stress levels decrease, your pain level can also decrease. CBT can also help you cope with your symptoms
when they occur.
• Yoga: This pain management treatment helps with migraines, headaches, lower back pain and
arthritis. Millions of people worldwide participate in this ancient mind-body practice, partly because it
promotes stress relief and relaxation. Recent studies, however, suggest that there is more to yoga than
chants and breathing exercises. More than 46% of patients reported a reduction in back related pain, by
taking yoga classes twice a week for two months. This could be due to the stress-coping mechanisms that
are taught, which can help reduce pain and symptoms.
• Meditation: This method is used to manage symptoms and decrease pain. This can be done using
simple breathing exercises. Sit comfortably in a chair or lie down on a bed or mat and concentrate on your
breathing. Inhale through your nose for a count of at least five; hold your breath for a count of six, and
then exhale through your mouth for a count of eight. Continue breathing in this manner for at least five
• Herbal Supplements and Remedies: This can be used to reduce inflammation. Spices such as turmeric
have long been known as an anti-inflammatory spice. Omega-3 fish oil supplements are also extremely
Natural pain management techniques can be used in place of, or in conjunction with, traditional medicines