It’s estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. If you’re one of them, it might be tempting to ask your primary care physician for a prescription pain killer, but it’s also risky. Many pain medications available today present the risk of various side effects, including addiction.
What you might not realize is that there are plenty of drug-free treatments that can help minimize and even reverse neuro-musculoskeletal pain. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, so you may have to try several different treatments before you experience satisfactory results. Let’s take a closer look at your options.
1.) Yoga. Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that focuses on the connection between your mind and body. It incorporates physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation to encourage balance and general well-being. Yoga is safe for people of all ages and abilities. Research suggests it can strengthen your core muscles and improve your circulation. There’s even evidence that yoga eases chronic pain caused by arthritis, sports injuries and other ailments.
2.) Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a martial art form that comes from China. The name Tai Chi roughly translates to “shadow boxing.” Tai Chi features slow, methodical movements. These movements are intended to increase your strength, flexibility and balance. When combined with deep breathing, Tai Chi enhances blood flow. Proper circulation throughout the body can significantly reduce the inflammation responsible for neuro-musculoskeletal pain.
3.) Meditation. Meditation is often associated with stress relief, but it’s also capable of minimizing neuro-musculoskeletal pain. When you sit in silence and focus on the here and now, your brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are natural pain relievers that reduce our brains’ perception of discomfort.
4.) Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a drug-free approach to pain management that uses spinal manipulation to improve the alignment of your musculoskeletal system, and more specifically, your spine. When your musculoskeletal system is properly aligned, there’s less stress on your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Aside from improving your body’s alignment, chiropractic care can provide education on injury prevention and nutrition. By making healthy lifestyle adjustments, like drinking more water, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, you can improve your quality of life while significantly reducing pain.
These are just a few of the drug-free approaches to pain management, but there are many more, including massage, acupuncture and reiki. If you want to explore the benefits of drug-free pain management, make an appointment with a doctor of chiropractic in your area. Our FREE online search tool can help you find one.