Be it acute or chronic, pain is always painful. Several times medications are either ineffective or too expensive for the treatment of pain. There are a large number of people who are turning to other alternative medicines and therapies for pain management. Here we have collected five such treatments that have been found very effective against pain.
The healing art of ancient Chinese, i.e. acupuncture has been practiced for at least 2,000 years. It includes insertion of very fine needles to various specific points on the skin. It is done in order to regulate movement in accordance to the human body’s meridian system. Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture in the cure of pain.
Electrotherapy is a bioelectricity technology where by using conductive electrode pads low-frequency bioelectrical pulses are directed to muscles. Muscles contract and relax in response to these impulses that ultimately generate relaxing sensations. There are several tools like T.E.N.S. that uses electrodes through the skin to relieve pain. One can also find several machines that employs electrotherapy to reduce pain like analog tens units, digital tens units, etc.
Various scents from essential oils are used in aromatherapy. They are either applied to skin or inhaled. From thousands of years, aroma has been used for health purposes. They play a significant role in Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Romans and Greek medical systems. At present, they are used as an excellent alternative for the treatment of wide variety of pain.
Hypnotherapy is an alternative means that facilitate relaxation and prompt an altered state of consciousness. This psychological shift is further used to help people gain control of their consciousness, which ultimately helps them to control their body, including pain symptoms. This therapy also helps in subsiding pain by eliminating the need for medication by decreases anxiety which is usually associated with pain.
Massage not only feels great, but it is also a great mean and tried and tested method for healing various kinds of pain. Massage directly influences blood circulation, nervous systems, lymphatic system and soft tissues of body. The role of massage in pain management can never be underrated. Used from ancient times, it is one of the most efficient therapies against pain.
Apart from these therapies, there is relaxation therapy, Tai chi and so on which are great alternatives to cure pain.