Natural Pain Management Techniques
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.