01 Sep What Are the Best Drug-Free Pain Treatments?
Living with chronic pain means that, to live with pain-free mobility, you must consistently manage your pain. Sometimes, chronic lower back pain or pain in other areas of your body will call for medication. However, there are also many times when no drugs are necessary, letting you manage your pain and live a happy, fulfilling life.
The Best Drug-Free Pain Treatments
Often, primary care physicians don’t have the time it takes to cover all of the options available for your specific pain. In addition, they don’t know enough about alternative therapies to feel confident in suggesting them to patients. Here are some of the best drug-free pain treatments to help you manage chronic back pain causes without the risk of addiction or other side effects.
According to a 2017 National Institute of Health study, those with lower back pain who took yoga once a week for twelve weeks, experienced significantly less back pain and better range of motion, as opposed to those who only received educational information. More importantly, perhaps, is that the yoga group was more likely to cease taking pain relievers that can lead to dependence.
Many common sources of pain can be initially addressed and treated effectively with physical therapy, especially in the knee, back, and shoulders. According to a May 2018 study people with lower back pain who first sought the help of a physical therapist were less likely to be given a prescription for opiates. A physical therapist will work with you to design an individualized treatment plan that relaxes tight muscles, decreasing joint and back pain and improving range of motion.
A variety of conditions, including fibromyalgia, migraines, and lower back causes, can result in chronic pain. Both acupuncture and massage therapy help reduce pain in these areas. According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, almost 40% of participants reported that, after 1-hour of weekly massage sessions for 10 weeks, they had less pain or it was eliminated.
Similar to anxiety and stress, pain is often worsened by our reaction to it. These therapies don’t directly heal the causes of chronic back pain. However, they can be very effective in changing your perception of it. One example is cognitive behavioral therapy. With this method, you can learn to change your thinking and reactions to possibly prevent future episodes from escalating.
Drug-Free Medical Treatments
New and innovative medical interventions are making the lives of those who suffer from chronic pain a lot easier. There is a drug-free solution available for your chronic pain. In fact, there are options – from Botox injections to temporarily paralyze pain sites to epidural injections.
The Non-Surgical Spine Center would love to help you manage your pain and get on with your life. Use our online pain assessment tool and contact us today to learn more about our procedures! We are here to help you live life to the fullest.