I get a lot of emails from people who want to quit opioids but have chronic, lasting pain. And unfortunately the only way they know how to cope with the pain is by taking prescription pain killers. If you’d love to quit prescription pain killers like hydrocodone and oxycodone but think you are out of options, then this article is for you my friend. Fear no more because we live in a scientific age of unlimited knowledge. There are, in fact many alternatives to taking pain killers for pain. Here’s 11 of them:
1. TENS Units – A TENS machine produces millions of tiny electrical impulses, which enter your body via electrodes placed on the skin near or over the painful region. These fast electrical impulses override the slower pain impulses and travel quickly along your nerves to your spinal cord and up to your brain.
Your brain is immediately bombarded by millions of pleasant electrical impulses. Your pain signals continue to be sent to your brain but travel along much slower (smaller diameter) nerve fibres. Since your brain can only interpret a limited amount of information, the pain signals are easily outnumbered by the pleasant high-speed TENS stimulation.
2. Acupuncture – Acupuncture practitioners believe energy, known as chi flows through the body along pathways called meridians bringing health. And any blockage of this energy causes illness in people. Your natural energy can be blocked for any number of things but opioid abuse is certainly something blocks this energy.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatment unblocks and free’s the energy, known as, the flow of chi. Thus maintaing balance and restoring health.
3. Physical therapy – Many peoples injuries never healed properly, or suffer from other health issues that snowballs. Physical therapists are in the business of getting the body back working after injury. But most people could reduce their pain by visiting a well regarded physical therapist who could work with you to get you back in tip top shape.
4. See a naturopathic doctor – Focused on traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment. Naturopathic doctors don’t treat symptoms like regular doctors do, they attempt to treat the underlying problem which should in in turn solve the symptom and restore holistic health.
5. Take supplements to replenish depleted nutrients – Supplements work by supplying natural ingredients to your body. If you’re deficient in nutrients it can cause a symptoms including increased pain and sensitivity. Supplements can help replenish these deficiencies, thus easing pain and improving overall health.
6. Do Pilates to prevent and treat injury – Pilates is hands down one of the healthiest and most effective physical exercise you can do for yourself. It works by strengthening your core muscles which is where many experience health problems.
7. See a renowned specialist for your specific injury – All doctors and injuries are not created equal. Many people get injured then experience constant pain and mistakenly think they’ll never stop hurting. This is simply not the case. In nearly every case their is someone in the world who knows precisely how to help you. So don’t hesitate to get a second opinion or go see a specialist. And make sure the doctor you choose has a proven track record of helping other people achieve the results you want.
8. Try compression braces like Tommy Copper® – Compression braces helps stabilize and support muscles. Gravity can cause a build-up of fluid in the muscles and surrounding tissue, not only from overuse or repetitive movements, but also during and after exercise. This increased swelling may result in limited mobility and stiffness due to inflammation. Compression helps provide support for tired, sore legs.
9. Give Reiki a shot – Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
10. Lose weight – I know a guy who’s in constant back pain. Years ago he fell off a roof and blew out 3 discs and had a multitude of other injuries that have put him on permanent disability. When I see him he almost always complains about the pain he’s in, which is ok, but the man is 5 feet 9 inches tall and he weighs 265 lbs! Do you think the extra 100 pounds he’s carrying on his frame is doing his back any good? I think not.
11. Trigger point – What is Trigger point therapy?
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may send pain in the neck. The neck now acts as another trigger point that could cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to relieve the pain’s source through cycles of pressure and release. For greater benefits in trigger point therapy, the recipient participates through deep breathing and identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. Results from trigger point are awesome. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.