If you are living with pain, chronic or otherwise, you don’t strictly need to fight your pain with medications. There are other ways in which you can fight pain and feel more relief, without drugs. However, if you are already on pain medications you shouldn’t stop taking them without talking to your doctor first.
When it comes to using alternative therapies, you should also talk to your doctor before trying things like herbal therapy. Some herbs can cause issues with certain prescription medications.
Learn To Meditate
For some people, pain can be a psychological thing. In fact, the pain centers in the body start in the brain and work through your nervous system. That means that relaxing your mind relaxes the rest of your body
One way to relax your brain is to meditate, where you sit quietly and clear your mind. You can meditate in silence, play some soothing music, or your can use a focus word, like “ohm.”
Since your pain centers are in your brain it makes sense that scents could help you. Think of how certain smells bring back childhood memories. Some scents help you cheer up and some help you relax, and some can help you fight pain.
Lavender and chamomile are two of the aromas that can help with pain, and even drinking these herbs in tea can help with stomach pains as well.
Get A Massage
Depending on where your pain is, massage therapy is a great treatment for pain. There are numerous different types of massage and which one is best for you can depend on what type of pain you suffer from.
If your injury is sports related, sports massage is the best way to heal your pain. If you have chronic pain, you may want to look into deep tissue massage. Both your doctor and your massage therapist can help you determine what massage treatment is best for you.
Take Up Yoga
Different yoga poses can help with different body pains, so you may want to take up yoga. Not only does it help with pain relief, but it can also help your flexibility and it can also help you heal your mind and body. It’s relaxing and it can even help with weight loss (which can also relieve some pain in some people).
Consider Herbal Remedies
Herbal remedies can also help with pain, but you need to make sure that you talk to your doctor prior to taking them, just in case of interactions with other medications you may be on. Capsaicin is one of the most popular herbal pain remedies, which can help with numerous types of pain but is especially useful with arthritis pain.
You don’t have to live with pain and you don’t have to simply suffer from the side effects that come with many medications. Consider alternative therapies.