According to Merriam-Webster pain is localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury); also: a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, received by naked nerve endings, characterized by physical discomfort (as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leading to evasive action.
Prescription and over the counter drugs have been the automatic go-to for managing just about any type of pain from severe headaches and arthritis to post-surgery and injury pain. However, the adverse side-effects and high risk of addiction do not justify their use as always being the best choice.
5 Alternative Pain Management Options
There are many options for pain management other than medication. These are just a few of the options recommended by WebMD and Dr. Oz.
- Osteopathic Manual Treatment is a form of massage performed by a physician to stretch and knead the soft tissue around the inflamed area.
- Acupuncture. Don’t let the thought of inserting tiny needles into a painful area scare you. The needles are extremely thin and painless. The procedure is relaxing and meditative in most cases and has been proven successful in delivering significant pain relief.
- Biofeedback observes your body’s temperature, pulse, level of muscle tension through sensors connected to a monitor which reports body functions and ways to control them.
- Physical therapy or exercise is often recommended as a component of pain management treatment. This is where “move it or lose it” comes into play. Being sedentary after an injury or surgery can lengthen recovery time and aggravate pain symptoms. Exercise produces endorphins which are known to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.
- Food intake during pain management can help or hinder during recovery. Foods high in fat and sugar and milk products will aggravate inflammation. While adding Ginger and Turmeric to your diet will aid in reducing inflammation.
Talk to your physician about alternatives for pain management. He/she will be able to recommend the right treatment for your particular ailment.