In a 2015 report, the National Institute of Health reported that over 50 million Americans dealing with chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a lasting problem that may never go away for some, and many people have suffered from prescription opiate addiction because of their pain problems. When a person is being treated for pain, they might rely on opiate pain meds for a long period of time, because this might be the only method that helps.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and have become addicted to your pain medication, there are other solutions you can try. Even if you are not addicted and want to avoid becoming addicted, there are preventative measures you can put into place.
Natural & Holistic Approaches
Here are some holistic ways you can deal with chronic pain (other than homeopathy).
- Acupuncture – Countless studies have confirmed acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating chronic pain; this ancient Chinese healing method has become even more popular in recent years.
- Aromatherapy – The extracted oils from plants that can be inhaled, applied topically, or in some cases, ingested. This is a popular and effective treatment that has been around as long as acupuncture.
- Chiropractic – A mainstream solution for pain management. The chiropractor examines the relationship between the structure and function of the body to reduce pain.
- Hypnotherapy – Used to reduce stress, and in turn, reduces the pain you feel. Hypnotherapy can be a great alternative option if used with other therapies. This involves hypnosis, or the process of rewiring the subconscious through subliminal exercises, performed by a hypnotist.
- Massage – A professional massage can work wonders for those in pain. Even if pain strikes while you can’t go to a massage center, your spouse or partner can help with this.
- Meditation – This been used to reduce stress and pain, even in a clinical setting. Meditation involves the complete relaxation of your body and mind. According to research, mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce chronic pain by 57 percent.
- Yoga – Chronic pain can change the structure in your brain linked to depression and anxiety. New research has shown that yoga can reduce chronic pain. It also shows the opposite effect on the brain as chronic pain does.
Dealing with Chronic Pain Holistically & Naturally – The Ideal Route
Suffering from chronic pain? Tired of being hooked on your opiate medication? Then you should start implementing a few of these alternative therapies into your daily life.
Taking a little time out of your day now to start these therapies could turn into a completely new routine. When you become dependent on your drugs you may think there are no other options, or nothing can quite get rid of the pain like opiates, but this is the addiction helping to keep you down.
When you implement these alternative options you have for your chronic pain, you will notice yourself feeling happier, healthier and hopefully in a lot less pain.
About Our Guest Contributor
Sam Cardigan is a health writer with an emphasis on mental health and addiction. He has a background in journalism and has an English degree from Central Michigan University.