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9 Pain Management Strategies for Optimal Health (Part 2)

Julien Normand

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December 4, 2020

Continuing on from Part 1, here are five more great tips for better pain management that you should consider.

5. Acupuncture

Western medicine is learning that the Eastern practice of acupuncture has some health benefits.

Acupuncture is a 2,500 year-old chinese healing modality that involves inserting tiny needles under the skin to stimulate the nerves which can subsequently disrupt the pain signals.

Many people claim their pain has been relieved by acupuncture and today, plenty of health plans cover some of the out of pocket cost.

6. Nerve Stimulation

Research shows that stimulating the Spinal cord (SCS) can help to override pain signals. This treatment uses electrical signals which can mute pain in some instances.

Nerve stimulation can be a good pain therapy for back & limb pain but with the downside that it is somewhat invasive.

7. Physical activity and physiotherapy

Stretching your muscles, taking a  brisk walk or 20 minutes on a stationary bike can be a great way to stimulate the production of important endorphins. When they’re released into your body, they can help lower your pain and elevate your mood.

Start out slow, especially if your exercise includes using sore muscles. For issues with balance, a beginner yoga class can be beneficial and there is zero impact on your joints.

8. Meditation and relaxation

Just simple meditation where you pay attention to your breathing can lower blood pressure and heart rate, and improve blood circulation. It’s also a great way to elevate your mood and create a feeling of peace and contentment, which in turn can reduce anxiety and lower stress. 

One study suggests that by activating and supporting some areas of the brain associated with pain processing, meditation can reduce the level of pain intensity for patients. 

9. Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can be a great help for pain issues associated with muscle and joints, along with helping to increasing flexibility. Also, studies show a correlation between anxiety, stress and pain. Massage therapy can produce a calming effect which can lower your stress level and reduce pain.

We all need to take ownership of managing and reducing pain - especially chronic pain caused by other underlying conditions. 

These are just a few of the many strategies anyone can use to help reduce physical pain.

Always be sure to consult with your physician regarding any pain management therapy before getting started.

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