Effective Non-Pharmacological Pain Management Alternatives
Physiotherapists know all about effective non-pharmacological pain management. Here is a list of the following we use…
- Cold Packs – help to reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Good in relieving acute pain such as sports injury pain or acute neck pain following a motor vehicle accident.
- Heat Packs – heat packs can reduce the pain of muscle spasm and osteoarthritic pain. Gentle 12 hr heat patches can be used for chronic pain. These are good to use during long flights if you suffer from low back pain.
- Dry Needling – As the acupuncture needle enters the skin is sets up a central nervous system reaction. This reaction results in an increase in circulation to the area which helps to assist in the reduction of pain.
- Massage – hands on approach. It is well known about the effect massage can have on lowering blood pressure. This can then also help to induce relaxation and thus reduce pain.
- Mobilization of tight structures that are the cause of pain then assist in the reduction of pain.
- Stretching exercises to reduce tightness in structures that are causing pain. We also do some of these excerises using music to promote relaxation.
- Electrotherapy currents – such as TENS
- Interferential therapy – these currents have been known to be effective in reducing both acute and chronic pain.
- Taping Techniques – Different taping techniques can support painful structures and therefore help to decrease pain. Taping techniques can also facilitate better function of muscles and joint sthat can lead to a reduction in pain.
- The use of powerful magnets have been shown to help reduce chronic pain.
- Ultrasound therapy can help reduce inflammation which can cause pain.
- Orthotics can decrease pain in those suffering from plantar fasciitis or pain as a result of over pronation.
- Support garments such as the SRC garments we supply can help decrease the pain associated with;
- Exercises – correction of movement whether it be an individual joint or your walking pattern can help with pain in these areas. Walking is known to be good for lower back pain.