Alternative therapy is a type of healing practice that does not come under the category of conventional medical treatments and has not been scientifically documented. However, today more and more people are turning to these therapies as they have been found to be very effective and safe.
There are a variety of treatments that covers alternative therapies like acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic treatment, guided imagery, hypnosis, aromatherapy, biofeedback, relaxation, massage, herbal remedies and many others.
Popularity of mind and body therapies, acupuncture, yoga, massage therapy, and the like have increased in the past decades for treating all kinds of pain, though evidence supporting these therapies is not so concrete. But their popularity shows that they surely have the potential to alleviate pain in most cases.
If you are suffering from acute or chronic pain, you don’t need to necessarily depend upon surgery, pain medication and other traditional medication to get relief from it. These natural pain management techniques can help you to get rid of the pain and alleviate your condition. Try different therapies to find out which one is best for you.
World Health Organization has given recognition to acupuncture and listed 30 diseases or conditions that can be treated with the help of acupuncture. But for past few decades, acupuncture has been widely used in many countries to relieve people from pain and has been found very effective as well. It is one of the oldest drug free techniques of healing the body and practiced by Chinese physicians since sixteenth century who believed that imbalance of energy in the body causes diseases. It is one of the most practiced alternative therapies in USA and people have experienced great benefits of this treatment, particularly for relieving pain throughout the world.
Acupuncturists use stainless steel disposable needles to stimulate body’s energy carrying channels to correct imbalances and resist any particular condition. Acupuncture helps to increase the release of chemicals called endorphins that decrease pain. Needles stimulate these nerves and stimulated nerves sends message to central nervous system to release endorphin. Endorphins, along with other body chemicals (neurotransmitters), block the message of pain from being delivered to the brain.
Today, acupuncture is being used as an accompanying treatment for back pain, headache, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, arthritis and other pain related condition.
Chiropractic treatment is a form of non- surgical massage treatment used mostly to treat back pain. The treatment was invented by an American in late 1890’s and has become popular as an alternative pain management therapy, not only in America, but also in other parts of the world. Chiropractic treatment, which is also called spinal manipulation, comprises of treating joints by manipulating joint movements beyond its usual motion. This manipulation of joints by manual means is called chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments are done to cure joint pains, muscles, tissues and spine and can only be performed by a chiropractic doctor. This treatment has become popular in United States because this treatment is completely drug free and has no side effects. The treatment is in the form of massage and also helps in reducing stress and improves our body’s strength and flexibility.
Mind-body therapies are the ways of treatment that uses the mind’s ability to control the function of body. Various techniques are used in this therapy like relaxation techniques, guided imagery, meditation, hypnosis, and biofeedback to alleviate patient’s discomfort and pain.
Therapeutic Touch and Reiki Healing
Reiki is a Japanese way of holistic healing. It administers self- healing process and believes that an unseen “life force energy” flows through the human body. When the life force energy is low, we feel sick and stressed. Reiki, by taping this life force energy, activates self- healing process that can treat a person’s whole body, mind, spirit and emotions. This spiritually guided energy based technique helps to create a healthy body and mind and in the process, reduces pain and relieves the body from stress.
A wonderful glowing radiance that a person feels flowing through his body makes him relaxed, at peace and secured. It is a simple technique of self-improvement and spiritual healing that everyone can use. It creates a beneficial effect on almost every known illness. Many have experienced miraculous results as well. It can work along with all other therapeutic or medical techniques and recover a person from illness and enhance the quality of life.
Dietary Approaches to Treating Pain
Many research and studies have established that changing dietary approach can help considerably in reducing pain. Restricting dietary fat intake and eating plant food that has anti-inflammatory properties can reduce pain and inflammation. Research found that raw vegetarian diet can be particularly helpful in achieving weight loss and easing pain.
Nutritional approaches to managing pain involve the use of dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals, and other enzymes. Clinical evidence supports the fact glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate is beneficial for osteoarthritis. They help in increasing mobility and lessening pain. In the same way, fish oil also works well to reduce pain. But use of this supplement should be discussed with a physician, as some nutrients are believed to be unsafe for certain conditions.
Herbal medicines are used widely throughout the world to alleviate pain and promote healing. To be specific, Ayurvedic medicine (India) and traditional Chinese medicine are commonly used. Herbs like Ginger, Willow bark, Capsaicin, and Devil’s claw are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are used to treat pain and inflammation. Some herbs can interact with other drugs you might be taking. So, it is highly important to consult with your doctor before taking them.
Hydrotherapy is a technique where water is used on the body by means of shower, bath, and sauna to relieve a person from stress and rid the body from toxins which are responsible for pain and inflammation. Besides this, hydrotherapy also helps in stimulating blood flow.
Massage is done by applying pressure on body’s soft tissues to improve blood circulation, thus eliminating pain. There are many types of massages, but the goal is same, that is, to relax the body and ease the pain. There are various massage techniques that can be used.
Ta Chi is a Chinese traditional technique used to treat pain which involves deep breathing and mental focus with series of slow movements.
Yoga is way of stretching and holding postures to create a balance of body, mind and spirit to strengthen muscles and stabilizing joints. It is a very old method that originated in India and helps in purifying the whole system of our body, mind and spirit.