Unique Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

Suffering from chronic pain can be quite an experience. People may need to learn and manage the pain they more effectively. There are various drugs that some may use to treat chronic pain. But there are also more unique, alternative ways to manage the pain without resorting to conventional medicine. Here are just some of them.

Acupuncture

This ancient Chinese medicine practice has been known to help provide pain relief to a lot of people who suffer from chronic pain. Acupuncture nevertheless has its own share of believers as well as non-believers. One reason may be that it may be quite difficult to determine in tests whether the pain relief that people feel with using acupuncture comes from a so-called placebo effect or an actual one. But what it has shown so far is that acupuncture has helped quite a lot of people better manage the chronic pain in one way or another and many more are trying to consider this method as an alternative to using conventional drugs and pain killers.

Exercise

Exercise may also help some of the pain of fibromyalgia. It may help strengthen the muscles and provide more flexibility as well as help improve one’s sensitivity to pain. People seem to feel more of the pain after a period of inactivity. Regular exercise can help relieve such pains and may also improve one’s quality of life be being more active. But it is also important not to overdo it since too much exercise itself may also contribute to the pain.

Mindfulness Meditation

This type of meditation encourages people to focus on the present moment while meditation and avoiding reflecting in the past or anticipating the future. Although some may consider dealing with the present chronic pain situation may make the pain to get worse, some preliminary studies show otherwise. Research on college students given three 20 minute training and meditation practice sessions were able to show an improvement on their pain thresholds.

The study trials involved each person being tested to see how much of an electrical current applied on the forearm would one consider low or high pain prior to the study trials. For those who were went through the meditation training, the students later on require higher currents to cause similar levels of pain.