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Reducing The Need For Pain Medicine With Alternative Pain Management

By Brent McNutt

You need to consider several factors when you are talking about pain management. These factors include the origin of the pain, the severity of the pain and the way that your body reacts to pain. When dealing with pain, you for the most part have two main options, first you can take a pain reliving medicine which is the more traditional thing to do, or second you could use one of the many available pain management techniques to handle the pain alternatively.

The first of these and probably the easiest to master and sue is massage. The use of massage to alleviate pain and discomfort in the body is something that dates back centuries. Massage is a remarkably powerful thing that you can use to alleviate everything from major muscles aches to minor pains such as headache. Of course you do not have to run to a spa and get a full body Swedish treatment every time you get a headache from dealing with the kids or your boss. In fact massage is most effective when you apply it immediately and to the localized area that is affected.

There are also techniques which you can use to control your pain mentally. These techniques have been used by people all over the world for centuries and are even taught to the military for use in battle situation when you are wounded. The base point here is that you simply will your body to stop hurting. This psychological approach to pain management may not always be effective but it can be great for minor things such as a tooth ache, an inflamed cuticle, a paper cut or the previously mentioned headache. Mind over pain techniques are great for dealing with little pains that come up occasionally.

For chronic pain, you may want to consider the use of acupuncture for your pain management. There are a lot of misconceptions these people have when it comes to acupuncture. For one thing you are not going to end up looking like a human pin cushion. Second the needles are incredibly sharp and very thin and you barley notice them being put into place. Lastly you need to understand that acupuncture is a great tool and a truly remarkable medicinal practice but it does have its limitations as well. You will find a great deal of benefit from the use of acupuncture but you need to understand what it is best for in order to use it effectively.

No matter what method you use for pain management make sure that you fully understand how it works, what its limitations are and how to effectively make use of it when you need it. In some cases you have no choice but to use a pain medicine, but with a proper understanding of alternative pain management techniques you can limit that dependency greatly.

Brent McNutt really enjoys socializing and networking with healthcare professionals online and also likes talking about Urbane Scrubs and baby phat scrubs and also likes writing articles about various topics.

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