For people who suffer from mild to moderate chronic pain, medication may offer relief. But many people find they can gain long-term control over their pain through complementary methods. Pain can be a chronic condition, just like hypertension or diabetes that you need to learn to self-manage and control.

In addition to traditional pain relievers, nondrug methods of pain relief may help you gain that control. Some techniques, like imagery, relax the muscles, help you sleep, and distract you from symptoms.

While some techniques require little expertise or help from others, some may require instruction from a professional. Patients can seek advice from a chronic pain specialist who can coordinate all aspects of management, including physical therapies and other techniques.

Below are examples of the many nondrug options that are available.