Top 5 Alternative Methods of Pain Management
With Americans spending 14 billion out of pocket each year on holistic alternatives to pain medication, it is about time to bring up the subject as a viable option. The turn to holistic methods to handle chronic pain come primarily from the unwanted side effects of many pain medications which include nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation as well as the very real danger of physical and/or emotional dependence on the medication.
With so many using these alternative methods, the Mayo Clinic ran trials to establish what of these techniques were effective. Many of the various techniques showed promise as effective alternatives. Following is a list of the alternatives which were found effective in helping people to remedy several areas of constant pain:
1. Acupuncture—has been found to have a positive effect on patients with lower back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, severe headaches and migraines and fibromyalgia.
2. Yoga as Exercise—was found to assist with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis of the knee and lower back pain.
3. Tai Chi—can assist with osteoarthritis of the knee and fibromyalgia.
4. Massage Therapy—was found to assist with every condition included in the study; low back pain, fibromyalgia, neck pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, severe headache and migraines.
5. Relaxation Techniques—found to aid pain from severe headaches and migraines. (Relaxation techniques are a group of different techniques including breathing techniques and rhythmic exercise.)
“For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwanted side effects. As a result, many people may turn to nondrug approaches to help manage their pain,” said Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., NCCIH’s lead epidemiologist
To learn more about alternatives to pain medication, you can view the study’s findings by visiting the report of the Mayo Clinic's findings. This study sheds a light on alternative ways to prevent unnecessary addiction resulting from chronic pain and injury. Due to the vast numbers of opiate addicts, Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat supports these alternatives to address chronic pain.
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