Much of the pain medication around at the moment is pretty unpleasant stuff! People with chronic pain and even acute pain are always on the lookout for more natural ways to relieve pain. Alternative pain management strategies like CBT and acupuncture are very much in the news right now …
Alternative Pain Management
Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Without pain, we would not snap our hand back from the boiling stove, rest up and allow a broken ankle to heal or seek medical help when that abdominal pain becomes unbearable. Pain is there to let us know that all is not well, and you must take action to alleviate it. So, what are the alternatives? Well, Paul Joseph of Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists, is here to share with you the best alternative treatments to alleviate pain so that you can reduce your pain naturally, and in the comfort of your own home.
If the pain is not a serious health risk, then there are many alternative treatments that can be explored. For muscular pain, Thai, sports or remedial massages can be very effective. Muscular pain can often be relieved by deep massage therapy that releases knots in the muscles caused by injury or stress. It also encourages the flow of blood and oxygen to specific areas of the body allowing it to heal naturally. Also, massage can relieve pain in areas where muscle tension is compressing the nerves, such as sciatic pain.
Acupuncture for Pain
It is possible to relieve skeletal and nerve pain with acupuncture. This ancient Chinese therapy has been tried and tested for over 2,500 years and has now become widely accepted all over the world as an effective treatment for pain and treating disease. Using very fine needles, acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural energy and immune system to focus on specific areas of the body bringing them back into balance and encouraging the body’s own natural healing process. As an alternative pain management strategy, acupuncture is up there with the very best!
Finally, prevention is better than cure. You can reduce and even avoid a great deal of pain with daily exercise and stretching. Keeping the muscles strong helps to improve flexibility and posture and thus reduces joint and back pain. Regular weight bearing exercises also promote bone formation and helps prevent forms of bone loss associated with ageing.
The words ‘thalassotherapy’ derives from the Greek word ‘thalassa’, meaning ‘sea’. This natural spa holiday treatment uses seawater as a form of therapy due to its various health benefits. Thalassotherapy encompasses a variety of treatments, including the use of hydrotherapy pools, thermal baths, water circuits, saunas, steam rooms and ‘experience showers’ which are perfect for promoting cell regeneration and easing and relieving joint pain.
Wellness Travel Specialist Paul Joseph, is the co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, who offer bespoke wellness holidays to improve people’s well-being to lead happier and healthier lives. For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891