In today’s world, with the ever – expanding, opioid epidemic, doesn’t it make sense, to consider, some, non – drug, options, to relieving, and/ or reducing pain, etc? While there are times, when pain medications, may be needed, and necessary, especially, when an accident, etc, creates an acute issue, there are many times, when using drugs/ narcotics, should only be a last – ditch effort, after alternatives have been explored. This holistic, and/ or wellness approach, is important to understand, and consider, so you might be able to enjoy a degree of relief, with a minimum of side – effects. With that in mind, this article will briefly consider, examine, review, and discuss, a few of the alternative approaches, which may be employed, safely.
1. Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an age – old, remedy, originally used in Asia, which has been successfully employed, for a wide variety, of ailments, etc. I was originally introduced, in the late 1970’s, to this modality, when I observed, oral/ dental surgery, performed, without any anesthesia, except for acupuncture. In the early 1980’s, I had oral surgery, performed on me, and developed muscular – trisma, in my jaw, which the oral surgeon, could not reduce. Shortly, thereafter, when walking around New York’s, Chinatown, I walked into the back of an herb – shop, and found an acupuncture, who in, under an hour, permanently, eliminated my discomfort, etc. More recently, because of my arthritis – related, pains and discomforts, I began using a local acupuncturist, who has successfully reduced, on a more temporary basis, some of my ailments, in mu shoulder, knee, and back, albeit on a shorter – term basis. However, these treatments significantly, help, for a shorter – period, and I receive treatments, which address these, every three weeks, or so.
2. Massage treatments: Professionally applied, massage therapy, helps many address chronic and/ or acute ailments, for many individuals. When one receives these from a licensed massage therapist, it often, relieves a lot of discomfort!
3. Topical ointments, etc: Many find considerable relief, suing certain herbal, etc, ointments and salves, such as using Turmeric, topical lidocaine, menthol, and other herbs. However, one should make certain, there is no underlying cause, which might need, more aggressive approaches!
4. CBD: CBD, or hemp oil, has been effectively used, both, topically, as well as internally, either via, gummies, vape treatments, or herbal oils, etc, have often been effectively, used, as an alternative treatment, for health relief.
Open – your – minds, to the possibilities, and learn, your pain – relieving options, to determine, if any might help you, and avoid the need, for pain medications. If drugs become the last, instead of first option, our overall health might benefit.