Complementary Therapies in Pain Medicine: What You Should Know

Introduction

Complementary therapies are often used in pain-management practices. Complementary medicine is any treatment plan that includes non-mainstream approaches to healing. People use complementary medicine for many reasons: It may be traditional or cultural, it may be used simply because they feel it works better than conventional treatments, or they may want to avoid surgery or certain medications. Say’s ¬†Dr Faris Abusharif¬†will, complementary therapies include acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, and other mind-body techniques.

Complementary therapies are often used in pain-management practices.

Complementary therapies are often used in pain-management practices. These can be anything from yoga and meditation to acupuncture and massage therapy, which are used as complementary therapies to traditional medical treatments.

Complementary therapies are defined as “a group of diverse medical systems, practices, and products that have been incorporated into conventional Western medicine.” Examples include acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care and herbal remedies.

In addition to their use in treating chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis (RA), these modalities may also help manage acute episodes of debilitating pain from an injury or surgery by reducing anxiety levels before surgery so that patients feel less stress on their bodies during recovery time after surgery. This can help speed up healing process because when you’re stressed out about something it makes your body more vulnerable than usual–so anything that helps reduce those feelings will ultimately help make the recovery period shorter overall!

You can use complementary therapies at home to help with your pain.

Complementary therapies are safe, non-invasive and can be done at home. They include:

  • Massage therapy (also called “soft tissue” or Swedish massage)
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga and tai chi

Complementary therapies can help reduce inflammation, anxiety and depression.

Complementary therapies can help reduce inflammation, anxiety and depression.

There are many treatments for pain that are not usually considered part of pain medicine. These include acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, yoga and tai chi. They may be helpful in reducing inflammation and stress levels in the body (which might lead to less pain), as well as helping with depression or anxiety that might be contributing to your chronic pain condition.

Acupuncture may be an effective way to treat chronic pain, but more research is needed.

Acupuncture may be an effective way to treat chronic pain, but more research is needed.

Acupuncture involves inserting needles into specific points on the body. The needles are left in for about 15 minutes. As with other complementary therapies, there’s no evidence that acupuncture works better than standard care alone for any condition and it can be harmful if performed by someone who isn’t trained properly.

Massage therapy can help reduce pain and muscle tension, but only if it’s given by a trained professional.

Massage therapy can help reduce pain and muscle tension, but only if it’s given by a trained professional. Massage therapy is safe and effective, but it should not replace other types of treatments for your condition.

Massage therapy has been shown to be effective in treating chronic low back pain, neck pain and headaches. It may also reduce stress-related symptoms such as anxiety or depression by stimulating the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls involuntary functions such as heart rate, blood pressure and digestion; massaging these areas helps improve their function as well as relieve stress on your muscles that cause discomfort from tension headaches or migraines

Yoga may be helpful for some types of back or neck pain, but it may not be helpful for others.

Yoga may be helpful for some types of back or neck pain, but it may not be helpful for others. In general, yoga can help you to relax, which can help with pain management. If you have chronic low back pain and have tried other treatments without success, adding a daily routine of gentle stretching exercises might be worth trying out.

If your neck is sore from working at a computer all day or from whiplash injury in an accident, yoga might also help relieve some of your discomfort. However, if you have an acute injury like whiplash or spondylolisthesis (a condition where one vertebra slips forward over another), then this type of exercise may actually make things worse by putting pressure on sensitive tissues surrounding the spine while they are inflamed or swollen due to inflammation caused by trauma or injury.”

Heat (hot baths and heating pads) helps reduce inflammation and stiffness in muscles and joints after exercise, injury or surgery. Cold (ice packs) can also relieve muscle stiffness and joint aches.

Heat (hot baths and heating pads) helps reduce inflammation and stiffness in muscles and joints after exercise, injury or surgery. Cold (ice packs) can also relieve muscle stiffness and joint aches.

Ice packs are an alternative to hot baths for relieving muscle stiffness and joint aches because they cause vasoconstriction of the blood vessels that supply heat to your muscles, reducing inflammation. Ice packs should not be used for more than 20 minutes at a time because too much cold can damage tissue around the area being treated!

There are many ways you can use complementary medicines to help yourself feel better with pain management

There are many ways you can use complementary medicines to help yourself feel better with pain management. These include:

  • Acupuncture – This ancient Chinese therapy involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on your body, which are then stimulated in order to improve health and well-being. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for pain relief, especially chronic lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee (1). It may also help reduce depression symptoms in people who have suffered from cancer (2).
  • Herbs – Herbs such as ginger or turmeric contain chemicals called phytochemicals that act like drugs within our bodies but don’t have any side effects or addictive properties like prescription medications do–and they’re often less expensive too! Some studies have found that herbal remedies such as ginseng (also known as panax ginseng) can decrease inflammation and improve sleep quality among people who experience chronic low back pain due to arthritis or injury; however these results aren’t conclusive enough yet because most studies haven’t involved large groups of patients over long periods of time (3). There are also numerous herbs used traditionally throughout Asia which could potentially benefit those suffering from chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia syndrome including Schizonepeta tenuifolia var chinensis[4], Chrysanthemum indicum[5], Glycyrrhiza glabra[6], Zingiber officinale[7]. However because these herbs have not been evaluated scientifically yet we cannot say for sure whether or not they will work effectively under all circumstances; therefore consult an expert before trying them out yourself!

Conclusion

Complementary therapies are an important part of the pain-management process. They can help you reduce your pain, anxiety and depression, as well as keep your body strong and healthy. If you’re interested in trying complementary medicines or therapies, talk with your doctor first so they can make sure they are right for you

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