Most people believe that pain is temporary and short lived, and that as soon as an injury heals the pain will go away. But that is not always the case for pain from chronic illness or chronic pain. There may be pain with a cause or not, and at times doctors may not be able to find the actual cause of the pain or know how to adequately treat it.
With so many remedies out there for you to try, it is important to be careful and to talk to your health professional about what is best for you. Pain remedies can be divided into two groups – medical remedies and alternative therapies.
- Surgical treatments – such as removing a tumour or endometrial tissue
- Pain relieving medications – analgesics, codeine, ect.
- Physical therapy such as using heat and ice, physiotherapy, massage, hydrotherapy or exercise
- Psychological therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation techniques, meditation
- Mind and body technique such as acupuncture, breathing exercises
- Occupational therapy
- Community support groups
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How you deal with pain is very important. There are many things that impact on how you feel the pain so that is why it is important that you look after your general health. Ask yourself -have you eaten? Are you hydrated? Are you in a comfortable position? These simple things can help to reduce your pain, even by a little bit.
The following are easy and free solutions that can help with relieving pain that might help!
There is connective tissue that joins all our muscles together. This tissue can hold tension and so releasing the tension can ease pain. If you have a roller or a ball to give yourself a massage.
Movement can help to reduce pain, have a little stretch or walking to your letterbox to get some fresh air will be beneficial.
Heat and ice
Using heat and ice on painful areas can help to reduce pain. A soak in a hot bath filled with Epsom salts is a relaxing way to reduce pain.
Doing something meditative such as meditating or doing a calming hobby can be extremely rewarding and may be beneficial for distracting from pain. A hobby doesn’t have to be skill based either just something you enjoy like reading or collaging.