Fast Chronic Pain Hacks – 3 NATURAL Alternatives Scientists Love! (Easy & Effective)

By on September 15, 2016
Suffering from chronic pain is a life long battle. Yet research shows many people don’t want to follow their doctor’s advice–namely, taking prescription drugs to manage their symptoms (many of which cause serious side effects.) But getting your doctor to recommend a natural alternative in lieu of drugs is hardly an easy task; in fact, many of them forbid it, due to a lack of scientific evidence.

But now that soon may be changing.

In a controversial new study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers say there’s now plenty of evidence that natural pain alternatives work–and in fact, may even be as good as prescription drugs. And this wasn’t a small study either; they reviewed over 100 studies from the past 50 years to come to this conclusion. Bottom line? They’ve finally proven that natural pain alternatives work.

Now that’s some good news.

Which Natural Alternatives Work?

According to their findings, here are just some alternatives that work for multiple types of chronic pain, including back and knee pain.

1. Acupuncture.
It’s an ancient Chinese practice that’s rising in popularity in the Western world, and here’s one reason why. According to 4 clinical trials, people who used it experienced less pain intensity in the back, improving their quality of life. It also made it easier for them to complete activities using their back muscles, allowing for more mobility. Better yet? No significant side effects were reported. Now that’s a good reason to get in touch with East Asia.

2. Massage. Who wouldn’t love an hour long massage? Now there’s a good scientific reason to. According to researchers, regular massage could reduce chronic neck pain, alleviating pain intensity and reduced mobility. Here is what that discovered:

  • In one study, just one session per week reduced neck pain. For this study, participants received one massage therapy session per week for 6 weeks. At the end of the treatment, they reported significantly less pain and improved function, improving their quality of life.
  • It was superior to other self-care methods. In one study, people who received 10 massage therapy sessions experienced vast improvements in their NDI, or Neck Disability Index. This meant that their pain and range of motion had greatly improved. What didn’t work, however, were self-care tips for managing neck pain at home, which had little effect on their symptoms.
  • Longer durations are better. In another study, researchers found that receiving 60 minute massages 2 to 3 times per week yielded significantly better results than 30 to 60 minute massages once per week. So if you can, splurge–the longer you receive it, the better.

On the downside, massage therapy is hardly cheap. You may be able to score cheaper rates by working with a massage student from a local college, however, or by even shopping around for discounts online.

3. Yoga. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, or OA, here’s some good news. According to one study, knee OA patients who practiced yoga regularly greatly improved their WOMAC score, better known as the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index. This included the 3 main subscales of the index, including pain, stiffness, and physical function. Other alternative treatments, however, such as Reiki, had little effect on their OA pain.

So if you can, make yoga a priority–it’s a great way to alleviate knee pain. Treating pain naturally hasn’t been easier!

Readers: How do you like to treat pain naturally?

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