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Alternative Therapies for Pain Relief
Alternative therapies can relieve pain without the risks associated with prescription drugs. The term ”alternative therapy” is used to describe any medical treatment that is used in place of conventional medicine.
Here are a few of the most common alternative therapies for reducing your pain:
1. Physical Therapy
Physical therapy (PT) is care that aims to ease pain and help you move and live better. It is practiced by a professionally trained physical therapist.
A physical therapist may create an exercise program that helps to decrease your pain. Moving more may be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, but physical therapy can be an important part of pain management.
2. Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques won’t cure your pain, but they can help you get it under control. Relaxation can help by calming the mind and recharging the body.
There are many forms of relaxation techniques. Some of these include deep breathing exercises, meditation, guided imagery and hypnosis. The goal is to produce the body’s natural relaxation response, which includes slower breathing, lower blood pressure and a feeling of increased well-being.
Acupuncture is becoming a common treatment for pain. This type of therapy uses thin needles on key points on the body to stop pain. Chemicals are released to send pain relief messages to the brain blocking our body from feeling pain.
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy.
Essential oils can do more than soothe your mind. Studies show that inhaling or absorbing aromatic plant extracts may help soothe your body and relieve pain. True aromatherapy uses extracts from the leaves, stems and other parts of aromatic herbs.
It’s not the scent that can make you feel better. It’s the plant chemicals or herbal components that you take in through your skin or nose. These are what can alter your perception of pain and help improve your mood.
As with other types of treatments, alternative therapies don’t work for everyone the same way. You may need to try several treatments, or a combination of treatments, to find what works best for you.
Always talk to your doctor before trying an alternative approach. You and your doctor should talk over the pros and cons of different therapies. You then can decide which alternative therapies should be added to your overall pain management plan.