Alternative Ways to Get Rid of Pain
Not everybody likes to take painkillers to get rid of routine or chronic pain because of the side effects. It may be simple to pop a pill but the resulting impact on the stomach can cancel out the benefits. So what are the alternatives?
Reflexology is described as a natural therapy that requires the application of pressure by a therapist on specific areas of the feet. Closely aligned with Chinese Acupuncture, it focuses on restoring the body to its natural state of balance by stimulating nerve endings and unblocking energy channels in the body.Â It has proved to be an effective therapy for reducing or eradicating many types of pain. You need to engage a reflexologist to work on your feet and this can take many sessions over a period of time to deliver the results you want.
Rolfing is concerned with structural integration of the body. One of the primary objectives of Rolfing is removing discomfort and pain. The elasticity and sliding capacity of the tissue can be restored and the body realigned in such a way that it is can function with more ease. The net effect is often the eradication of chronic pain. A full program can run to 10 sessions and requires execution by a skilled therapist.
Herbal remedies such as Capsaicin, White Willow Bark, Tumeric and Tart Cherry are used for conditions involving inflammation and pain. People in pain are looking for safe, effective alternatives for chronic pain, and herbal remedies have the advantage of producing minimal, if any side effects. There are hundreds of herbal remedies available and choosing the right remedy for your particular problem can be difficult without the guidance of a specialist in this area.
Hypnotherapy can be used to induce deep relaxation in a patient that can be beneficial in diverse situations from the management of cancer pain, to relieving tension headaches, and reducing the effects of irritable bowel syndrome. The advantages of incorporating hypnotherapy in pain management include allowing the patient to begin to regain a sense of control over their well-being, reducing levels of medication and teaching them to do self-hypnosis to independently alleviate their pain.
Chiropractic treatment is the most common non-surgical treatment for back and neck pain. Improvements of people undergoing chiropractic manipulations are quite common. However, the effectiveness of the treatment in treating back and neck pain has not been supported by compelling evidence from the majority of clinical trials. That said, most alternative therapies have their critics despite thousands of people reporting superb results in reducing pain using chiropractic techniques.
Aromatherapy can be beneficial in addressing pain, particularly when combined with massage. The application of anti-inflammatory, local anaesthetic, counter-irritant or analgesic essential oils create positive effects through inhalation during treatment. Once again, it involves attending a specialist in this area as well as the cost of purchasing essential oils for home use between treatments.
Hand Acupuncture and Acupressure have evolved over several thousands of years and stimulation of the hand is now routinely carried out by ordinary people to alleviate a range of medical symptoms including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, joint pain, chest pain and headaches.
My own personal favourite is hand acupuncture and hand acupressure. It is easy to carry out, you do not have to be a contortionist to practice it and it is not necessary to break the skin with needles. Also, it is free. You simply need to discover where the correct acupoints on the hand are located.
Many acupuncture maps of the hand are readily available on the internet and the application of pressure by a paper clip or a ballpoint pen for 3 minutes on the relevant hand acupoint is reported to eradicate pain for 4 to 6 hours. Hand therapy is simple and easy to practice and safe and reliable for obtaining good therapeutic effects for a wide variety of diseases and ailments. It is particularly suitable for treating children because it is virtually painless.
Low-frequency electromagnetic stimulation of the hand using electronic apparatus can also achieve successful responses for those that prefer to use something more sophisticated than a paperclip to ease their pain.