Relieving Pain Without Medication- The Best Options Available

wellness-285587_640Natural pain relievers can offer you the same benefits as the standard pain medications, without any side effects. It’s no wonder people are always looking to find new ways to treat chronic pain disorders in alternative medicine.These tips can help you feel some relief without the prescription.

Acupuncture has been shown to have many benefits, especially with chronic pain patients. Find a qualified practitioner in your area to see if this treatment works for you. A very thin needle is inserted into different parts of the body and can assist with many chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, tension and migraine headaches, low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis and many other forms of chronic pain. This form of treatment has little risk and few to no side effects, so it is definitely worth a try.

Water Therapy
Water, in all forms, is a great pain reliever. For some, swimming is a great way to get some exercise while keeping weight off of the joints. For others, taking a nice hot bath is the way to go. The warm water helps to soothe the muscles and ease pain, especially for tight muscles. And finally, drinking water is important to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration is one of the most common reasons for a headache. So try incorporating water into your daily life to relieve some pain.

Hot/Cold Therapy
If you are dealing with joint stiffness, chronic muscle spasms or chronic inflammation, heat is the right choice. If you are dealing with acute inflammation or swelling, pain, or acute muscle spasms, ice is the way to go. For injuries it is always best to immediately ice the affected area to reduce swelling.

A body in motion not only stays in motion, it also almost always experiences less pain. Chronic pain patients especially know how hard it is to find the energy and strength to get moving when you hurt, but it has actually been shown to be one of the best ways you can reduce and prevent chronic pain. Try things like walking, yoga, tai chi, cardio exercise if possible, and swimming. The longer your body remains still, the stiffer your body becomes, further making it more difficult to move. So keep moving.

Massage is a popular and effective form of pain management, especially for those struggling with muscular-related pain. It has also been shown to reduce stress by releasing endorphins, which aid in relaxation, pain relief and elimination of stress-causing chemicals (like cortisol and noradrenaline). This stress reduction goes further, by reducing or eliminating high blood pressure.


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