Can Pain Be Managed Without Medicine?

Can Pain Be Managed Without Medicine?

When we think of treating pain, we’ll most likely paint an image that includes taking prescribed medications. However, many non-medicine treatments are available for managing different types of pain. To answer the question, pain can indeed be treated and managed without traditional medicine, and we’ll go on to discuss some of the possible alternatives.

A lot of the best treatment options are a combination of medications and therapies. However, it is always best to consult a medical professional, call 619-333-8114.

Alternative treatment options

To make some treatment options as effective as possible, they need to be combined with other treatment options. Some non-medicine options include:

  1. Heat or cold packs

When an injury occurs, using ice packs immediately can help to reduce the swelling that follows. Heat packs, on the other hand, are a better option for relieving chronic joint or muscle injuries in the body.

  1. Physical therapy and relaxation techniques

Physical therapy may include aerobic exercises that stretch or strengthen the body and goes on to also improve mobility, reduce pain, and improve the general mood. It’s important however to get adequate rest between your routines. Over-exercising may lead to muscle soreness, irritability or mood swing, depression, etc.

There are many stress management and relaxation techniques that can be used as forms of treatment and they include yoga and meditation.

  1. Massage

Usually referred to as another form of physical therapy, massages are quite efficient treatment options for soft tissue injuries. So, if the injury in question causes pain in the joints, a massage may not be efficient enough.

As much as there’s evidence showing that massage therapy is useful in managing pain, it isn’t typically recommended as a long-term treatment option.

  1. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of psychological therapy that may be useful in helping you change your thinking, feeling, and behavioral process regarding pain. A lot of times it’s more useful to patients with chronic pain as it helps them learn how to self-manage the pain, especially when it may remain for a certain period.

  1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine, and it involves the insertion of thin needles into some particular points in the skin. What this does is restore balance in the body and aid the healing process by discharging endorphins (natural pain-relieving compounds) into the body.

It can also help to reduce the gravity of pain in the body, ensuring that the body can function properly.

  1. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy

TENS occurs when low voltage electrical currents are passed through the skin via electrodes, which then prompt a pain-relieving reaction from the body.

Sometimes, patients with chronic pain who don’t react positively to other forms of treatments may have to go through this transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy which may be of great help in managing the chronic pain being experienced.

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Whatever alternative treatment option you’re considering, ensure that you consult a medical professional, particularly a pain management professional who can guide you to make the best choices.

You can get back your life and finally be rid of your pain at our pain management San Diego centers. Contact us to schedule your restorative pain management in San Diego consultation or to get more information about alternative treatment options for your pain.

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