In US, non surgical pain management techniques such as complementary and alternative medicine therapies are the most preferable ones to treat chronic pain.
Acupuncture, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, massage, herbal remedies, therapeutic touch and some dietary approaches can also have the ability to alleviate the pain.
Here are the CAM therapies to relieve chronic pain:
Studies conducted by World Health Organization showed that acupuncture is helpful for treating almost 30 diseases. Among those, the main use of acupuncture is for pain relief.
Some other conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, menstrual cramps, low back pain, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, myofascial pain and osteoarthritis can be treated with acupuncture along with traditional methods.
2. Massage and chiropractic treatment
Massaging is the most popular treatment for relieving chronic back and neck pain. It reduces the stress and relieves tension by improving blood flow. Also, massage reduces the existence of substances that can create and sustain pain.
Chiropractic is also the most common non-surgical pain management technique for treating back pain. But, the effectiveness of the treatment in relieving back and neck pain has not been supported by various clinical trails.
3. Mind-body therapy
MBT is the treatment that deals with the mind’s ability to affect the functions and symptoms of the body. There are various MBT treatment methods including meditation, biofeedback, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and guided imagery that can help in dealing with the pain.
Researches showed that relaxation methods can alleviate the discomfort related to cancer, headaches, and chronic pain.
4. Nutritional supplements
There is strong evidence that supports the effectiveness of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate in treating the knee arthritis.
These natural compounds decrease the pain and increase the mobility of your knee. These supplements are safe and are well-tolerated by anyone.
5. Herbal remedies
Till now there is no evidence that supports the effectiveness of herbal remedies in treating chronic pain. If you consider herbal remedies to treat the pain, you must ensure with your healthcare provider.
Some of the herbs can interact with other pain relief medications and cause severe health issues.
6. Dietary approaches
Some studies showed that changing the diet and eating the plant generated foods can ease the pain by reducing inflammation. It is also found that consuming a raw food diet can help with fibromyalgia symptoms.
Also, a low-fat vegetarian diet helps in relieving the pain associated with premenstrual syndrome. The diet decreases the intensity and duration of the pain.
Dietary changes and physical activity used for weight loss are also part of the pain management techniques that can help the patients with osteoarthritis.