Pain Relief Alternatives to Try

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Do you suffer from frequent pain?

If you are one of the approximately 50 million estimated American adults dealing with chronic pain, chances are you have tried a lot of different methods for relief. For many, we want the pain to go away, but are looking for more alternative methods rather than powerful pain medications that all too often come with their own set of issues. Today, we're taking a look at a few of those alternatives.

  • Engage in Regular Exercise

    I know, I know... the last thing on your mind when dealing with pain is working out, but studies have shown than exercising regularly can actually help. It encourages blood flow and gets your joints moving. I certainly wouldn't suggest going all out with a difficult workout routine, but adding something like a daily walk or an aquatic aerobics class can be great ways to get your body moving. Yoga can also be a great alternative that can also help relieve stress as well.

  • Manage Your Stress Level

    While it may be easier said than done, stress is known to take it's toll on the body. Doing what you can to ease that stress may help with your pain issues. Say no when you need to. Take time for self care. Limit stressful situations wherever possible.

  • Get a Massage

    Not only is a massage a great self care method, it can most certainly help to ease sore and tired muscles as well. Of course, going to a professional may provide the most relief... but even a massage from your spouse can help and is much more budget friendly.

  • Consider the Benefits of Cannabis

    While I would not promote the use of marijuana for recreational use, there is evidence of the pain relieving effects that it has, as well as the nausea relief that makes it an ideal option for pain relief. It also tends to be less addictive than an opioid prescribed for pain issues. Naturally, you will want to consider the laws in your area regarding its use both medicinally and recreationally. Check out Cannabis Promotion for more details on this option.

  • Utilize Acupuncture/Acupressure

    I must admit that the idea of acupuncture does not appeal to me personally, but many have noticed great relief from this method. Alternatively acupressure uses this same concept, but without puncturing the skin. You can even invest in an acupressure mat that you can use at home. At around $20, these mats have a 'bed of nails' type feel that many find bring relief.

  • Try Out Essential Oils

    Essential oils have been a big topic of conversation in recent years with more and more people sharing the relief they have found in them. While I must admit that I personally have not had luck with oils in regards to pain relief, many others have found oil such as lavender, rosemary or peppermint used topically with proper dilution to be quite beneficial. Aromatherapy is also great for relaxation for even more added benefits.

Naturally, it is always best to discuss chronic pain issues with your doctor to make sure there are no major issues going on. These options can be great even in addition to traditional mainstream medical methods as well.

Have you tried any of these (or other) more natural pain relief methods? What has worked best for you?

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