Alternative Pain Management Techniques


Are you dealing with pain that you don’t know how to get rid of? Are you beginning to wonder if it’ll be this way for the rest of your life? Are you willing to try anything, as long as it won’t make things worse?

You never know when you’ll find something that gives you the relief you’ve been seeking.

For example, a recent study shows that holding hands can help reduce pain. Imagine that!

But of course, that’s not your only option. There are many other alternative pain management techniques to consider — some of which are more mainstream.

Here is a handful to consider:

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic care is one of the most common non-surgical treatments for back and neck pain. However, even if you don’t have pain or discomfort in either of these areas, it could still bring you the relief you’re seeking.

For example, many people believe that chiropractic care can help treat ailments such as the common cold and ear infections. 

Massage Therapy

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health shares a variety of information on massage therapy, a lot of which is positive.

For example, here’s a passage discussing the potential for massage therapy (1) to treat headaches:

A 2016 study with 64 participants evaluated 2 types of massage (lymphatic drainage and traditional massage), once a week for 8 weeks, in patients with migraine. The frequency of migraines decreased in both groups, compared with people on a waiting list.

Massage therapy won’t work for everyone and every type of pain, but it’s well worth your consideration. If nothing else, it’ll help relax you. And that alone is often enough to help you feel better, both physically and emotionally. 

Dietary Treatment

It’s easy to eat whatever you want and hope that it doesn’t have a negative effect on your health. Unfortunately, this approach can result in additional health concerns.

When treating pain, there are a variety of dietary changes you can make.

For example, you can begin to drink CBD beverages. Along with this, changes such as eating a raw vegetarian diet may help.

This is one of those things you need to experiment with. With each passing day, you’ll better understand what type of diet can best contain your pain. 

Nutritional Supplements 

Depending on your particular health concerns and cause of pain, nutritional supplements may be just what you need. 

A common example is the use of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine for osteoarthritis (2).

If you’re interested in experimenting with this, consult with a nutritionist. They can help you better understand the options that are available to you. 

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies have been around for hundreds of years. Everyone has their own opinion as to whether or not they work, but you shouldn’t listen to anyone else.

If you think that herbal remedies could do your body some good, consider how to best get started. Just the same as nutritional supplements, it’s best to share your plan with your doctor. 

Tip: some herbal remedies have the potential to interact with over-the-counter or prescription drugs. That’s one of the many reasons to consult with your doctor before getting started. 

Be Realistic With Your Goals

There’s a good chance that one or more of these alternative pain management techniques will help. However, you must be realistic with your goals.

If you expect one of these to completely eliminate your pain, you may be disappointed in the end. But if you expect them to reduce your pain, if even by a little bit, there’s a better chance that you’ll be satisfied with the results.

Realistic goals set you up for success, not failure. 

Final Thoughts on Alternative Pain Management 

With the above in mind, you should have a better understanding of what you can do to control your pain. 

Remember this: pain management is all about trial and error. If something doesn’t work for you, don’t give up. Try something else to see if that works. 

What do you think about these alternative pain management techniques? Have you experimented with any of these in the past? Which techniques brought you the most relief?

(1) Massage Therapy: What You Need To Know

(2) Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Osteoarthritis Pain 

by Andrew Ellis

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