Tips to Treat Chronic Pain without Drugs
What is Chronic Pain, and Can I Treat it without Drugs?
Chronic pain is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. Researchers report that 50.2 million (20.5 percent) U.S. adults experience chronic pain based on analysis of the new NHIS data.
Chronic pain is also expensive to diagnose, expensive to treat accurately, and expensive to live with long-term. The financial burden is one of the biggest unseen challenges of living with chronic pain.
What is “drugless” pain relief?
Drugless pain relief is exactly that – achieving relief from pain using methods outside of pharmaceutical prescription drugs. Examples of common drugless pain relief include: cold packs, heating pads, exercise, physical therapy, occupational therapy, mind-body techniques, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback, music therapy, therapeutic massage, and some kinds of non-invasive devices.
Is there permanent pain relief?
A permanent solution often occurs when the root cause of the pain is effectively addressed. Unfortunately because chronic pain develops over time and can manifest in such a wide variety of ways for different individuals, the root cause can often be hard to pinpoint. Root causes that are most commonly missed include: heavy metal toxicity, untreated infections, poor circulation, congested lymphatics, or a highly acidic body.
Ways to improve pain relief after surgery?
Pain is part of the healing process. It is the body’s way of communicating where to focus your attention. Fortunately, there is a whole world of devices, therapies, medicines, and homeopathy that can alleviate pain during the post-surgical healing process. Getting enough sleep, slowly increasing physical activity, managing stress, drinking enough water can all help improve pain relief after surgery.
Can you get pain relief without taking medications?
Yes it is possible. Some ways to experience pain relief without medications include: gentle regular exercise, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, stress management and physical therapy.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapists teach patients self-management skills. In the case of arthritis, physical therapists show people how to build up strength, improve range of motion, decrease pain, and how to make sensible decisions about activities to prevent arthritic flare-ups.
Acupuncture is another effective option for some individuals. In traditional practice, needles are pierced through the skin in specific areas to improve the flow of energy throughout the body. Western scientists suspect the practice may stimulate the release of chemicals, which can either soothe pain, or prompt the body’s natural healing systems.
Can poor circulation cause pain?
Poor circulation can be defined as an inadequacy of blood flow to a certain area of the body. The body’s circulation system is responsible for sending blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. When blood flow to a specific part is reduced, you may experience symptoms of poor circulation. Pain is usually the first thing that you will feel if you have poor blood circulation. It often starts in numbness and tingling in the hands and feet and eventually goes to the joints and muscles or in the form of swelling in those areas.
Can improving circulation give pain relief?
Yes. When you have poor circulation, that means your blood isn’t flowing through your system as efficiently, and you can end up suffering from a variety of issues, including numbness and pain, bloating, or decreased energy. If your circulation improves, these issues may lessen significantly.
Overall, pain in your daily life is very individual to you and so your treatment and management should be equally as individualized. There is no one-size-fits-all solution because pain is a subjective experience, and each person’s experience is unique to them. Besides making healthy lifestyle choices to support healing, the best course of action is to find a qualified doctor or practitioner who is willing to meet you where you are at mentally and physically and find solutions that work specifically for you.
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It is possible to treat chronic pain without drugs, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Identifying the root cause is important. Find a practitioner who will partner with you on an individualized pain treatment plan.