any of us have pain in different aspects of discomforts, like headache, pain in abdomen, chest pain, neck pain, joint pain etc. The commonest antidote for pain that we take is over- the- counter- medicines such as aspirin or acetaminophen. The simple pain killers, do temporarily reduce the intensity of pain, however, they have a bunch of side effects like problem of kidney, acidity, loose motion or constipation, on long–term use of them.
For these reasons more and more people are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for natural pain relief. These therapies, such as yoga, meditation, massage, and mind-body techniques, may be used alone or in conjunction with conventional medication. Most of the alternative and complementary treatments haven't been well studied by mainstream medical researchers as convention medicines but they're still popular for pain relief.
Several alternative treatments are used to provide treat different kinds of pain.
Some common therapies include:
- Exercise: Regular exercise whether it's walking, jogging, swimming or pool therapy, is key to pain relief. Exercise can be a very helpful non-medication solution for pain relief. Start an exercise program after consultation with your physical therapist. Gradually increase your movements.
- Yoga: Yoga a traditional Indian science of healing may be beneficial for pain relief. When you begin yoga, start with simple and gentle stretches. As some stretches or poses can potentially aggravate your pain conditions or bring up new pain problems do it under the guidance of a professional.
- Acupuncture: In this procedure needles are inserted into specific areas of the body to relieve pain such as back pain or headaches. The way acupuncture works to relieve pain is poorly understood. It perhaps relieves pain by increasing the release of feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which block pain. There are several reports of substantial relief with acupuncture, at least for some time.
- Massage: Massage has several therapeutic benefits for people who suffer from pain. It aids in the release of endorphins, according to the American Pain Foundation, relaxes the muscles and increase blood flow. A well given massage can increase the range of motion of your joints. If you want massage therapy for your pain management, be sure go to a professional massage therapist, if possible one with experience in pain management.
- Mind-Body Techniques: Mind-body therapies such as hypnosis, progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training, chiropractic manipulation and cognitive-behavioral therapy are well known treatment for chronic pain. These techniques can help to control, reduce, or cope with pain by relaxing tense muscles, reducing anxiety, and altering the way a person focuses his/her attention on pain.
Although complementary and alternative therapies provide a natural way to pain relief, before starting any of these therapies consult your doctor. Always start any therapy under the guidance of a professional therapist.