Adults suffering from acute or chronic pain can select from a wide range of treatments that combine traditional practices with modern science. Some hospitals even offer pain management clinics that use special techniques to offer relief, so check with your local hospital. Acupuncture, Range-of-Motion (ROM) Dance and yoga are just a few of the techniques that are helping patients deal with pain.
See how these six pain management techniques can help.
An Important Note
If you are experiencing pain, talk with your healthcare professional before starting or trying any of these, or other, pain management techniques.
Used to treat various medical concerns, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that uses fine needles for therapeutic purposes. The extremely thin needles are inserted through your skin to different depths at strategic points on your body. Acupuncture therapy may range from a single to a dozen treatments, depending on your degree of pain.
Deep Breathing Exercises
You don't have to head to a packed gym or busy clinic to practice deep breathing exercises. Simply sit where you are and imagine a peaceful place. Then, focus on controlled breathing, relaxing your body one part at a time. When done regularly, this relaxation technique can lower blood pressure, increase blood flow to major muscles and reduce muscle tension.
Massage therapy is more than just an indulgence. It involves the treatment of soft tissues and joints to prevent and relieve musculoskeletal-related pain. Types of massage therapy include Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy, and deep tissue massage.
Range-of-motion (ROM) Dance
ROM dance is a gentle relaxation program designed especially for people with chronic pain. It combines fluid movements with basic mind/body principles from tai chi and quiet music, to help improve flexibility and mobility while encouraging a greater sense of relaxation. ROM dance takes about seven minutes to complete and can be done while sitting or standing.
Tai chi was originally developed in China nearly 2,000 years ago as a form of self-defense. It is an extremely low-impact form of exercise that can help reduce stress and ease pain. These gentle movements connect the mind and body. They can increase flexibility and improve muscle strength. The best thing about tai chi is that anyone—regardless of age or physical ability—can practice this ancient technique.
This ancient practice is used for relaxation, stress reduction and to improve various conditions. It combines a series of postures, controlled breathing exercises, and meditation to keep the body fit and the mind focused. Yoga offers health benefits, whether you’re suffering from a respiratory illness, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, low back pain, joint inflammation or stiffness—especially when combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise and medication.