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5 ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Discover how to stay well, happy and prevent injuries and stress in few simple ways

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Dealing with chronic pain can be exhausting. Furthermore, if you’ve been seeking pain treatment, you might be frustrated by the solutions your doctors have suggested. Thankfully, you can find alternative techniques for soothing chronic pain at massage clinics like A to Zen Therapies. Here are a few suggestions for all-natural, holistic approaches to pain treatment.


Improve Your Home Environment

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Pain can occur because of multiple factors - and living in an environment that makes you feel stressed or anxious can exacerbate your pain. To support your mental health, consider redecorating your home to create a more peaceful atmosphere. For example, you could declutter with the help of a friend, re-organize your wardrobe and kitchen cabinets, and even create a space for meditation or yoga. You may also want to shop for ergonomic furniture that can help reduce back, shoulder, and neck pain.



Cupping

Cupping

Cupping is a form of chronic pain treatment that has actually been practiced for centuries - in fact, Hello Giggles states that the practice was first recorded thousands of years ago in ancient China. Today, people can still turn to cupping to reduce chronic pain symptoms. Cups are applied to a patient’s skin to increase blood flow to certain areas, which accelerates the healing process naturally and helps relieve pain in the process. It’s important to note that the cupping process will leave marks on your skin for a little while after your treatment, but these marks are not painful to the touch and are nothing to be concerned about.




Acupuncture

Acupuncture

You may have heard of acupuncture before, but perhaps the idea of a practitioner using needles to heal your pain seemed odd. The concept of acupuncture might come across as a bit strange, but acupuncture is a very popular healing modality, with multiple studies supporting its effectiveness in treating chronic pain. Banner Health states that acupuncture is especially beneficial for those who are dealing with neck or lower back pain. If you’re interested in acupuncture, do some research to find an experienced practitioner in your area - you want to make sure that you’re in good hands!



Yoga

Yoga

If you struggle with chronic pain, you might worry that you’re not flexible enough for yoga, or that typical yoga poses will hurt. But yoga is a practice for everyone, and it can definitely provide relief for people struggling with chronic pain. Yoga can also be great for people who are simply tired of the aches and pains that can come with either office work or manual labor - there are poses to relieve tension in every area of the body! You may want to seek out a yoga teacher who specifically works with students living with chronic pain. They can guide you through poses that will feel soothing and relaxing.



Meditation

Meditation

You may be skeptical that meditating could actually help you live a life free of chronic pain. But meditating is quite a powerful practice, with lots of research backing up its effectiveness for helping to treat chronic pain. Healthline states meditation not only helps to reduce physical pain, it can also decrease symptoms of anxiety that can fuel chronic pain. Although meditation alone is unlikely to cure pain symptoms, it can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan. By blocking off even a few minutes to meditate after waking up and before going to bed, you can start and end each day feeling relaxed and centered. You can also incorporate essential oils into your meditation practice!


Perhaps you’ve tried conventional solutions for chronic pain already with mediocre results. But you don’t have to give up on your search for pain relief. Through these alternative treatments, you can alleviate your pain and pursue long-term healing.


Looking for natural pain relief? You can turn to A to Zen Therapies for healing. Book a range of services through our website today!

"About the author: Brad Krause created Self Caring after years spent putting his own self-care on the back burner. His goal now is to educate people on the importance of self-care by providing tips and tricks that are easy to implement"


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Hi, Thanks for reading our blog! I'm Monica: founder of A to Zen therapies! I love being a massage therapist and   I strive to support you guys feeling looser, stronger & more positive day after day! I am here to share all my best tips to help you get even better results from your massages with maintenance, natural health and wellbeing advice. 

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