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Natural Pain Management Techniques

Updated on September 15, 2010

If you are unwilling or unable to take prescription medication for pain relief, it doesn't mean that you have to suffer in silence. Natural pain management techniques can make chronic pain more bearable. Finding a natural pain management technique that works effectively may be a matter of trial and error. 

Acupuncture

Treatments such as acupuncture are said to have the ability to aid pain management, although there is no scientific evidence to prove this. Experts believe that acupuncture can serve to unblock imbalances of "chi" (energy) in the body and encourage the release of endorphins, which can counteract pain. Other examples that are based on similar beliefs include acupressure (which involves pressure from the fingertips, rather than the insertion of needles) and reflexology (which involves reflex points on the hands and feet). 

Hydrotherapy

This form of natural pain management involves using water to stimulate blood flow and reduce pain and inflammation. Water is typically administered using a shower, bath or sauna. 

Mind-body Therapies

Meditation, hypnosis and other relaxation techniques are intended to lower stress levels, which can have a knock-on effect in terms of reducing muscle tension. Positive visualization techniques can help to focus the mind and have the added benefit of encouraging the release of endorphins, which can block sensitivity to pain. 

Herbal Treatments

Herbal remedies may go some way towards aiding pain management but they can do more harm than good. Some herbs can interfere with prescription medications, while others won't necessarily suit your circumstances. If you're thinking about going down this route as a pain management technique, discuss your plans with a medical professional so that he or she can offer advice on whether it is the right thing to do. If you're given the go-ahead to use herbal treatments, take the time to visit a legitimate herbal practitioner who can recommend the right herbs for your symptoms. 

Dietary Changes

Altering your diet is thought to be useful for managing chronic pain but a link isn't fully proven so far. As far as nutritional supplements are concerned though, studies have suggested that glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate can reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis in the knee and increase general mobility in this area of the body. Fish oils may have some benefits for relieving pain but a definite link hasn't been proven. 

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    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Hate to disagree but I find herbs wonderful for pain but yes you should check with a dr or pharmacists first to make sure none goes against your medicines.

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      Casey Ollson 6 years ago

      Nice hub! I think my favorite of these is definitely hydrotherapy. I have a hot tub that I like to use for my sessions and it really helps me ease away the pains of the working day and relax, especially when I use the jets. Sooo comforting, and it even helps me sleep!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for great hub especially about the knee pains which I have.

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      Sally 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting! I've just read your hub and I second the recommendation to read it ... it's far more in-depth than mine and very informative!

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      Dorothee-Gy 7 years ago from near Frankfurt/M., Germany

      Interesting hub (by the way, dippykitty, I love your Avatar! Too cute!!!). Many thanks!

      If anyone is interested in an easy to use self-help technique, it might be helpful to check out my article about EFT. It has the big advantage that you don't need anybodies help and no further equipment, and still, it has astonishing results.