If you suffer from chronic pain, you may think you have only two options: regularly taking pain relieving pills or toughing it out. But physicians are increasingly turning toward natural pain alternatives—without drugs. Whether you have lower back pain, neck pain or arthritis, to name a few, there are simple tips that can offer you relief.
First, identify if it’s chronic or acute pain
- Comes on suddenly
- Can be brief, or last for weeks or months
- Goes away once the cause of acute pain has been treated
- Ongoing pain
- Pain that persists for months or years
- Pain that affects your physical and emotional well-being
Yoga is a centuries-old practice that offers a method of stress reduction that can help reduce chronic pain. Yoga promotes both strength and flexibility, while calming the mind and lowering stress.
Sure, massage feels great, but they offer way more than just relaxation. Massage therapy has been proven to boost levels of serotonin and endorphins to reduce stress hormone levels and reduce pain naturally. Finding a quality massage therapist in your area and committing to regular massage therapy may be extremely effective in managing your pain.
Dehydration can aggravate chronic pain conditions like back pain or headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and keep any pain at bay.
Eat smart by choosing foods that fight pain and alleviate inflammation. Steer clear of processed foods and instead go for leafy greens, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, low-sugar fruits like cherries and pineapple and soy products—these foods ease inflammation.
Find a Pain Specialist
It’s important to find the right doctor if you want answers on the cause of your pain and what the appropriate treatment course is for you. Not all pain specialists are equal. Find one who is board certified in pain management.
Chronic pain doesn’t need to run, or ruin, your life. Understanding your pain is the first step to reducing it. Take an active role in your recovery and talk with one of our physicians at IMS Pain Management about treatment options specifically for you. Don’t give up hope—you can control your pain and regain a normal life!