Non-Medication Pain Relief for Chronic Pain
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.
Last reviewedJanuary 2013by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.