Chronic Pain Management: Which Option To Choose From?

Chronic Pain Management: Which Option To Choose From?

(Last Updated On: April 18, 2019)

By Sabrina

alternative medicine techniquesPlease note before we start, I am not a doctor.  This information is all based on my personal experiences and knowledge.  

So please, make sure to do your research to find an alternative method that works with your specific condition.

And as always, be sure to talk with your doctor before starting or stopping any treatments.

I just need to start off by saying pain, especially chronic pain is not a barrel o’fun.  

And what makes it worse…  people who look at you and think you’re fine.  It’s the worst feeling to be judged in this way.

Chronic pain managementJust because we are not walking with a hump on our backs or brace on our leg, doesn’t mean we are not in pain!  Please keep this in mind.

Pain is a complex phenomenon with various causes and problems associated with it. This complexity applies especially to those who suffer from chronic pain like I and so many others do on a daily basis.

If you have chronic pain, odds are you are looking into an alternative to surgery and more medication.  

Science and research on alternative pain management techniques in the medical field are being endorsed every day.  

It’s a miracle that we have not one, but many options to choose from when considering alternative pain treatments that were once not even an option years ago. The thing to remember is that not all alternative pain treatments work.  Some, even a bit risky.

You can find alternative treatments for everything from inflammation, bad backs/necks, headaches, nerve pain, and much much more…  

Given the multifaceted nature of these problems, the treatment plan must be individualized for each person.

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For an example for me, I have found that heating both my back and neck before starting the day loosens me up.  I feel my muscles are more responsive to my stretches and exercises if I heat them first.

If not, it seems to throw my whole day out of whack.

However, for others, the use of heat modalities through a portable sheath that allows patients to remain active during treatment has been shown to be effective in patients with acute pain and may also be beneficial in patients with chronic pain.

So make sure to do your research to find an alternative method that works it your specific condition.  

And as always, be sure to talk with your doctor before starting or stopping any treatments.

Alternative Pain Management Techniques: 8 Options To Choose From?

Therapies that support patients with chronic pain include, but are not limited to:

~ The use of manipulation and mobilization

~ Exercise and psychological intervention

~ Bed rest and refresh

~ Hands-on manipulation therapies

~ Herbal and natural plant-based remedies

~ Stress-reduction techniques

~ and many more…

The goal of these types of treatments is not necessarily to heal the pain but to manage it and restore functionality.

Let’s give you a rundown on some of the most commonly used alternative treatments for chronic and acute pain.

Chronic pain management1- Bed Rest:

Thе uѕе оf еxtеndеd bеd rеѕt іn thе trеаtmеnt оf раtіеntѕ wіth neck and lower back раіn аnd аѕѕосіаtеd dіѕоrdеrѕ hаѕ nо significant ѕсіеntіfіс vаluе.  

Bed rest supports immobilization with its harmful effects on bone, connective tissue, muscles, and psycho-social well-being. For severe root problems, limited bed rest of fewer than 48 hours may be beneficial for reducing large muscle spasms caused by vertical activity.

Two days of bed rest are often cited as the appropriate duration for the person with low back pain, and although there is no documentation to support the use of bed rest in diseases of the neck pain, 48 hours is considered for these conditions.  

In other words, elimination of bed rest was not considered to be harmful to individuals with nonspecific cervical or lumbar pain.  

Avoiding such confinement may help to limit unwanted side effects of immobilization syndrome. It is proposed to avoid or limit bed rest with activity modification as the ideal approach.

Chronic pain management2- Bracing:

Immobilization has been used for thousands of years to treat injuries to the human body.

Unfortunately, immobilization can lead to harmful effects that can affect the outcome of treatment.  These effects can be things such as muscle fiber atrophy, and loss of cervical and lumbar movement.

This loss can become a significant problem for someone who already has impaired muscle function.

A cervical collar can be helpful within 48 to 72 hours after the injury, especially when confronted with a neurological compromise. There is nothing to support the continued use of cervical immobilization after this period.

Existing literature has not shown the effectiveness of lumbar support as a means of preventing lower back injuries in the workplace. In addition, loin reinforcement does not seem to improve the dynamic lifting capacity and does not improve lumbosacral biomechanics.

In fact, the lumbar supports have not benefited from more protection than a good lift without the support.

How to Use CBD Oil3- Cannabidol (CBD Oil):

One of the cannabinoids of the Cannabis plant and generally occurring as a hemp extract.  It contains little to no THC so there is no “high” feeling associated with CBD Oil. So the myth is busted…

CBD has technically proven to be an efficient way of treating chronic pain without any surgeries or incisions.  CBD Oil reduces chronic inflammation which in turn reduces pain and discomfort from a variety of health conditions.  

Now that the discovery has come a long way and has shown lots of promise, the market is full of competitors trying to provide the best CBD oil for pain.

However, the best CBD oil for pain does not depend upon the manufacturer but the percentage of the compounds it consists of, including terpenes and flavonoids.

The question many people ask is, where can I buy CBD oil from?

The legal implications of CBD in many states make it difficult to be used as a relief but the question where can I buy CBD is well answered by companies selling their product online.

From legal retailers in states where it is allowed to illegal retailers of the ‘dark web’, CBD can be ordered online where it is yet controversial. For states where it is legal, it can be found over the counter at pharmacies.

Although being legally controversial, CBD still remains the most preferred and fastest growing alternative treatment for chronic pain.

(RELATED: Do You Have Pain? Confused About Which CBD Oil You Should Buy?  Read My Awful Review On Elixinol CBD Oil)

Alternative Pain Management4- Acupuncture:

Bizarre as it seems, who thought puncturing small incisions with a needle into a human body would treat issues as common as chronic pain and as serious as breast cancer? But it does.

The benefits of acupuncture have been observed in helping many chronic conditions.  It is also becoming a rapidly mainstream treatment for controlling pain.

How does it work?  That’s actually a great question…  In all my research, it seems no one really knows technically how it works.  It’s theorized that the needles could release pain-numbing chemical reactions in your body.  

Some theorists say it blocks certain pain signals coming from your nerves.  Preventing that signal from reaching your brain.

According to other well-reputed researchers, the Chinese origin treatment method works wonders in fighting off chronic pain. The acupuncture, created with small needles, are intended to release energy (Qi) in the body, which is believed to be the running force for all bodily functions.

“I think there’s good scientific evidence for acupuncture and I prescribe it,” says F. Michael Ferrante, MD director of the UCLA Pain Management Center in Los Angeles.  “The nice thing is that if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t do any harm.” [1] 

Alternative Pain Management Chiropractic_spinal_adjustment5- Chiropractic Treatment:

Although disregarded by many doctors as simple manipulation, and approached with suspicion, chiropractic treatment has taken its place as a widely accepted form of alternative treatment for chronic pain.

Chiropractors consider the spine as the most vital organ in the body.  The cause and effect of every disorder arising within you.

Chiropractic treatment is the process of having the spine and its pressure points massaged, curved and treated by a chiropractor. This treatment, however, is most beneficial for chronic pain experienced by the lower back.

Chronic pain management6- Therapy:

Most doctors will state that chronic pain has more in common with psychology and depression than any physical cause.  Also, according to people who know more about the cause and effect of their chronic pain, will agree with this notion.

 It’s a vicious circle when it comes to pain and depression.  Some theorize they may be one and the same. Reason being, studies have shown, chronic pain can worsen depression; and in turn, chronic depression can dramatically lower a persons tolerance for pain.

In fact, there have been therapies done by experienced therapists, by delivering awareness about mindfulness and meditation to the patient.  By doing so, the goal is rewiring their subconscious mind to a point where the pain almost does not look real.

By doing this and changing a person’s mindset they have been known to cure patients of their prolonged chronic pain. These therapies not only cure pain but also are everlasting as they educate the patient about the cause and effect of their depression.  

During the course of their therapy, therapists do their best to help chronic pain patients fight off depression before pain takes hold.

Chronic pain management7- Exercising:

Incomparable to any other treatment, exercising has always remained prevention and cure to chronic pain.  I’ve always believed that regular movement and physical activity is the way to go.

I’ve seen it so many times where people get hurt, they stop moving because of it.  And instead of getting better, their conditions worsen.

Due to this, I have a very strict stretching and exercising routine I have to do every morning.  If I don’t, I am stiff, uncomfortable, and in more pain than usual for the rest of the day.

With the development of research and evidence, exercising is recommended by almost every doctor as a complementary task in a course of treatment.

Ranging from aerobics to low impact training exercises, these predetermined movements help the body regain its former form before the chronic pain and also ensure continuous mobility so as to avoid any irregularities further developing and worsening the condition.

Exercising also helps to increase the area of mobility affected by the chronic pain to slowly bring the condition back to working normally.   Not to mention the effects it has on boosting your energy and mood!

Chronic pain management8- Supplements & Vitamins:

No doubt, chronic pain occasionally may arise from the subdued lack of vitamins and other nutrients irregularly absent from the body.

Vitamins and supplements are packaged with nutrients packed into a capsule/pill administered orally. The contents of these dietary supplements then spread throughout the body and reach the target area soon.

Even if chronic pain is not caused by a lack of some nutrient, the nutrients from the supplement will always help the body recover from the pain by promoting growth and repair.

Please remember, however, not all supplements are the same.  There are some out there can cause more harm than good. So I always suggest treating supplements and vitamins like you would any other drug or medication.

Always check with your doctor first!

Risks To Alternative Pain Management:

When it comes to alternatives and supplements, the internet is full of choices.  You must do your due diligence when choosing an alternative method for yourself.

Be skeptical of anything unproven.

If you do not see proven results to back up claims.  I would be against buying. If something states it’s a “cure-all”…  Run away!

There are no miracle cures!

When it comes to buying supplements, be sure to not only look into the product but look into the company as well.  

Look to see how they produce and test their products.

Are they sent to an outside testing lab for additional testing?  Do they show the lab results on their website? Have there been any complaints about the company?

The main takeaway here is to not just go by peoples reviews on the product and product description.  Do your research.

Talking To Your Doctor About Alternative Pain Management:

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but at the end of almost all sections, I try to reiterate to talk to your doctor.  You should always talk to your doctor before starting any new treatments.

When living with chronic pain, I believe it’s natural to want to find alternatives that are going to help.  But you must remember, that any treatments you are thinking of doing needs to be integrated into your current pain management routine.  

This is where your doctor comes in.

Talk over the pros and cons, and the different approaches.  Why do you think it will help? Will it work or complement your other treatments?

Also, you need to make sure it’s safe for you and your body.

What Do I Think About These Pain Management Techniques?

I can say that I’ve tried many of these techniques myself.  

Exercise, Acupuncture, CBD Oil, Chiropractic Manipulation, many Supplements and Vitamins, Physical Therapy, Relaxation Therapy… shall I go on 🙂

(RELATED: Do You Have Pain? Confused About Which CBD Oil You Should Buy?  Read My Awful Review On Elixinol CBD Oil)

They all have helped me in one way or another.  I use the technique I feel will help me with the pain level and mindset that I’m currently in.  

Everyone is different. Everyone’s pain threshold is different.

You may be able to get in the pool and take a swim to ease your pain, while another may sit and meditate to ease theirs.  

There is no wrong answer when it comes to which is the best alternative pain treatment.

However, I must say right now I’ve had the most luck with exercising, meditating, and CBD Oil along with my doctor prescribed pain management plan.

So get out there, see what works best for you!  There’s always something you can add to help make you feel just “that” much better 🙂

Keep moving forward 🙂

What do you think about Alternative Pain Management? Are you a believer in the practice or a skeptic? I would love to hear any and all of your thoughts!

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8 thoughts on “Chronic Pain Management: Which Option To Choose From?”

  1. The best thing I have found for my chronic back pain is exercise and visits to my chiropractor now and then. I like your list and am intrigued by CBD oil, but I still don’t quite understand the legality of it yet. There are so many ways people treat different kinds of pain, but for me, exercise is the key. If I don’t work out, I get tight and then my back lets me know all about it. Acupuncture is another treatment I have been interested in learning more about. Thanks for the information, I appreciate it.

    • Hello Steve,

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Non-THC CBD Oil is legal in all 50 states. CBD Oil that has THC in it, is only available in states where cannabis or marijuana is legal. I live in FL. I’m able to find it in smoke and nutrition shops in the area. Going to the chiropractor is great! I have a routine I do every morning. I’ll sit for an hour of meditating, I walk, and do my stretches and exercises. If I don’t take time to do it I’m stiff and sore and tight all day.

      Please let me know if I can help!

  2. I’m a firm believer that exercise, diet, and sleep/rest play a bigger role than most people realize in regards to pain and disease prevention. I exercise daily (even if it’s taking the dogs for a 30 minute walk), eat fairly healthy, and get 7+ hours of sleep per night. If any one of those things changes (I stop exercises; I stop eating healthy; I get less than 7 hours of sleep per night), then my body lets me know.

    • Hello Dave, thanks for the comment 🙂

      I’m a big believer in listening to our bodies. A lot of people just push through their busy lives day after day not being aware of what’s going on inside them physically. I’ve realized I need to eat better. When I don’t I feel sluggish and tired by the time I get home from work and ready for bed at 8 at night lol. Our bodies are meant to move. Our muscles are meant to be stretched and used on a daily basis. It’s when you stop, pain comes back with a vengeance.

      Keep moving forward 🙂

  3. Hi Sabrina, You certainly have a lot about pain management here and who wouldn’t understand why. Nobody likes pain and we will do anything possible to alleviate it,right? I’ve tried some of these such as acupuncture. It didn’t seem to help me much.
    I’ve had a lot of chiropractic care and that did seem to help. But I will say that the one I have been trying lately that I never tried before is CBD oil and I feel it is working. It is helpful for just about everything which makes you wonder why it took so long for this to be introduced as a pain manager.
    Thanks for your information!

    • Hello Rob! Thank you for the comment 🙂

      The reason it took so long is due to the stigma behind cannabis. We haven’t studied it enough. Five-7 years ago they just started acknowledging marijuana helps with pain. Then the studies really started ramping up. Because now all of a sudden it has other properties besides just being a ‘gateway drug’. I love CBD Oil and everything it’s done for me and my family. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

      Keep moving forward 🙂

  4. I was already familiar with everything you covered here except the CBD oil. You covered it well, says my very smart paramedic daughter. I’ll be looking in to buying some CBD oil for my thumb joint pain, and will also try it on my L5. My chiropractor has helped but said I have to do MY part of stretching, walking and drinking water instead of sweet tea and cokes.

    Great article.

    Thanks and Best Regards,


    • Hi Rick!

      Thank you for the comment 🙂 I also have L3-4 & L4-5 disk herniations. I’ve gotten off some heavy medication since starting the CBD Oil. Here is the CBD I tried and recommend. They are a very legitimate company I’ve taken both the capsules and the oil. Your chiropractor is right! I have a routine I do every morning. I do an hour of meditating, I walk, I do stretches and exercises. If I don’t take time to do this in the morning, my day literally sucks. My whole outlook on the day is off.

      I do wish you the best of luck with your pain, Please let me know if I can help!

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