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4 Alternative Therapies for Chronic Pain

Alternative therapies are becoming more and more popular worldwide with many people choosing to try unconventional or natural remedies over typical treatments. There are many reasons for this, a lot of people prefer to try the natural route first or perhaps have tried traditional routes which haven’t helped and are looking for an alternative.

Whatever the reason for trying alternative therapies there are a lot of different therapies which people use to help with chronic pain management. This can be a standalone alternative therapy or a combination therapy alongside another treatment. If you’re looking into different therapies which could help with chronic pain then you might find some of the suggestions below useful.

Before starting an alternative treatment it’s important to speak to your doctor to ensure these are suitable for you to try and won’t affect any existing treatments or cause things to become worse.

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness and meditation have long been said to help with mental wellbeing but many people believe that it can also help with pain management. An article on Psychology Today which was written by award-winning writer and journalist, Danny Penman detailed how mindfulness meditation can help reduce chronic pain. Danny, along with Vidyamala Burch wrote a book entitled ‘You Are Not Your Pain’ which details a simple 8-week program of mindfulness-based practices that can help with pain management. Although as is the same for many alternative treatments, there is a dispute over the effectiveness of mindfulness and meditation it’s something which you can try and that doesn’t have to cost you money so it’s worth doing some research and implementing some of the techniques to see if it helps you.

Acupuncture

Currently, the National Institute for health and care excellence (NICE) only recommends considering acupuncture for the treatment of chronic tension-type headaches and migraines. However there is a dispute in the medical world as to what conditions acupuncture can help with, acupuncture is also often used to help treat other pain conditions including chronic pain, joint pain, dental pain and postoperative pain. At present, there is only limited availability for acupuncture treatment on the NHS, if it’s a treatment you would like to try it’s worth consulting your GP to see if it’s offered locally.

Herbal medicines

Research into the effectiveness of herbal remedies is still in the early stages but it is thought that some herbs can help to reduce inflammation and provide pain management so its an avenue worth exploring. If you want to try natural remedies to help with a chronic pain condition it’s important to speak to your doctor before starting any treatment to ensure you stay safe because herbal remedies can still cause side effects.

Medicinal Cannabis

In the UK we have seen a big change this year when it comes to the use of medical cannabis to help treat certain conditions. According to the NHS website, very few people in England are likely to get a prescription for medical cannabis and it is currently only prescribed for severe forms of epilepsy, MS-related muscle spasticity and for adults with nausea/vomiting due to chemotherapy. There is the option to purchase CBD oil over the counter without a prescription however there is a question over the quality of these products and whether they contain high levels of THC and some of the products are still illegal to possess or supply. Cannabis is illegal to possess in the UK (unless it has been prescribed for you) but in other countries, it is legal to buy CBD seeds and even grow cannabis for medical benefits and this is something a lot of people in the UK are keen to see happen. This topic is now being highly debated and research is being done to find out if cannabis products can help with chronic pain and other conditions.

*This is a collaborative post

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