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Pain is a problem that many people suffer from chronically, and nobody is immune to it. Even if you live a healthy lifestyle, there’s no guarantee that you won’t face pain caused by disease, a random injury, or as a result of other treatments or ailments.

How do you approach this aspect of your health?

To say that living with pain isn’t easy would be a serious understatement. A lot of the time, traditional medicinal approaches simply don’t deal with pain effectively and those who suffer from it are left seeking out alternatives.

The good news is that filling your body with expensive and potentially addictive pharmaceuticals in your quest to lead a pain free life aren’t your only options. Let’s help you gather your thoughts around this aspect of life many people face on a daily basis.

Why Pain is a Problem

First and foremost: pain is obviously a problem because, well, you’re in pain! But apart from the physical discomfort there are many other problems. When left untreated, pain can:

  • Wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns
  • Result in depression or anxiety
  • Interfere with your personal relationships
  • Prevent you from achieving optimum health
  • Lead to a lethargy and a lack of energy
  • Impact your appetite and affect your weight
  • Cause memory impairments

And those are just the main side effects of pain! As we’re sure you’ll agree, it’s imperative to nip pain in the bud and prevent it from reducing your quality of life even more.

Here are options worth trying!

Alternative Approaches to Pain Management – Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, combines different elements of the ancient Chinese way of dealing with conditions like pain by identifying the signs of imbalance in the body. TCM is made up of different medicinal practices including herbal medicines, acupuncture, cupping and massage. Check out this Acupunture 101 article.

While its efficacy in pain management is often the topic of scientific debates, those who have tried this alternative sing its praises. TCM is said to be effective in the treatment of many different kinds of pain from abdominal pain to headaches and from menstrual pain to pain you have in your joints.

Mind-Body Exercises

We’ve spoken in the past about the power of saying “NO” to common ailments and we are firm believers that the mind & the body are intricately connected. One of the most common forms of alternative pain management are mind-body exercises.

Mind-body exercises essentially focus on bringing balance to the body and mind in order to better deal with pain & its symptoms. Here are the most popular mind-body exercises:

  • Meditation
  • Biofeedback
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Hypnosis

Stem Cell Therapy

Why simply mask pain when you can remove the cause? Stem cells are attracted to injury, inflammation and degeneration. Then they begin repairing. So, even bone on bone joints can be rejuvenated. Read my article REgenerate the tissues that time and trauma DEgenerate.

Interventional Procedures

Companies like Seattle Pain Relief exist for the sole purpose of helping people regain control of their lives by eradicating pain. How do such companies do this? Through minimally invasive, clinically proven interventional procedures as opposed to full blown surgery.

Once the root of your pain is identified, a procedure will take place. The type of procedure you’ll undergo depends on the type of pain you’re experiencing and its cause. This can range from a celiac plexus block to a trigger point injection.

Final Thoughts

We hope this article has proven to you that your options aren’t limited to either living with pain or taking dangerous amounts of medication to deal with pain. There are alternative options that are very much worth investigating.  Read about back pain.