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What are Alternatives to Pain Management?

Apr 2, 2018 | QA, Recovery

The amount of people that suffer with debilitating pain grows every day. Someone that has to endure pain from fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, surgeries or anything else that causes unwanted torment, might be directed to use prescription pills for pain management. When taking the pain medication, statistics show higher rates of patients becoming addicted to these pills or making the pills more accessible to others who are addicted.

Pain management is crucial in many of these lives because they would not otherwise be able to function without them since the pain they feel is excruciating. Sometimes it may be in the best interest of the patient to try and find an alternative to mind-altering pain medication when addiction is a concern.


By inserting hair-thin needles into the skin at specific pressure points, the energy flow in the body can be corrected. Pain can be eased by using acupuncture to balance hormone levels, strengthen the immune system, or transmit neurotransmitters more effectively to manage health conditions naturally rather than using drugs.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This form of talk therapy can help patients to create coping skills by helping them become aware of their pain through changing their negative thoughts and behaviors. By expressing their fears and identifying where the pain lies, the discomfort is put in a better context. Cognitive behavior therapy can be successful in reducing how stress affects the brain with pain.

Physical Therapy

Instead of masking the pain with medication, using physical therapy can help a patient work through their pain with movement that will assist in maintaining mobility and ensure a better quality of life. Someone that has experienced pain for 90 days or more should consult a physical therapist.

Relaxation Training

The body may need help to counteract how pain continues to eventuate. The techniques of four-square breathing, guided imaginary, self-talk, or mindfulness can be instrumental in changing the brain’s perception to focus on something other than the pain. Relaxation training can help loosen up the muscles, reduce stress hormones that appear in the bloodstream, and calm the mind to heighten quality of life.


There have been studies that show that yoga has been able to prevent or reverse pain because of its mind, body, and spirit connection. Through coordination and pliancy, the physical pain can subside and positively impact the emotional state of the mind and the spirit.

While all pain is not comparable by any means, there are ways to attempt minimization that does not have to involve medication to provoke addiction. Try some of these alternatives out to see if they work because the results might be more surprising and more rewarding than you think.

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