Dealing With Chronic Pain? Try These Alternative Treatments

There is no denying that living with chronic pain is unbearable and nightmarish. It is estimated that 50 million adults in America are dealing with chronic pain. 

Many people rely on conventional treatments such as prescription medication for pain management. 

However, conventional medicine is sometimes ineffective at treating the pain associated with particular conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Thankfully, you can manage your pain effectively by trying various alternative treatments. 

Below are some of the best alternative treatments for chronic pain management.

1. Yoga

There are currently about 36 million yoga practitioners in America, and this number is only expected to increase as many people realize the many benefits of this meditative movement practice. What distinguishes yoga from most exercise programs is that it places an equally great emphasis on mental and physical health

Fortunately, one of yoga's biggest benefits is that it helps ease pain and makes it easier to manage. Yoga can reduce pain perception, so practitioners will feel their pain is less intense than it is. Research also suggests that yoga can reduce inflammation by lowering the body's stress response. 

These helpful exercises also increase your flexibility and motion range if you live with pain. Therefore, it is undoubtedly worth practicing if you have back and neck pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other painful conditions.

2. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a well-known Chinese practice involving the insertion of fine needles into various points of the body to deal with various health issues. It rests on the premise that a disturbance or blockage in your body's life energy flow is responsible for various health problems. 

The needles are inserted to restore a healthy flow of the energy force, freeing your body's channels and ultimately lowering pain. Recent statistics from the National Health Interview Survey show that over 14 million Americans have tried acupuncture. You can also try it for pain management since it stimulates the release of endorphins, your body's natural pain-relieving chemicals.

3. Delta 8 

Delta 8 products are gaining more popularity in the cannabis and medical world for their numerous health benefits. It is one of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. As a cannabinoid, its primary objective is to bind to cannabinoid receptors responsible for balancing system function throughout the body. 

Therefore, consuming Delta 8 edibles and other products activates the endocannabinoid system, particularly the receptors responsible for sending signals that help block pain. Several studies on animals and humans have shown that it works for pain relief but is more effective in easing chronic pain than acute pain.

4. Mind-body therapies

Mind-body therapies are designed to improve your mind's ability to affect your body's symptoms and functions. These therapies use various approaches, including hypnosis, meditation, guided imagery, visualization, and biofeedback. Mindfulness meditation is a popular mind-body therapy you can engage in for pain relief. 

This meditation helps you focus on breathing while reducing your awareness of external sensations and thoughts and has been described as moderately effective in managing chronic pain.

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