Chronic pain can be difficult to handle, and it takes trial and error to find what mitigates your pain. United Physicians Group wants to help you find the right solution, without the noise the internet brings. We’ll help you better understand your treatment options.
Therapies to Reduce Pain
It’s important to properly take care of both your physical and mental health when treating chronic pain. Along with physical therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other modes of counseling can help manage the mental side effects of dealing with chronic pain.
Physical and mental therapies can also help you reduce the stress in your life. Heightened stress can be a culprit of worsened symptoms, so taking care of your mental health may lighten the load. At-home methods of reducing stress, like keeping a routine, staying connected with friends, and paying attention when you need to rest, may provide relief.
A few other therapies have been demonstrated to help with chronic pain as well, such as:
- Hot/Cold Therapy: Apply either a cold pack or heat pack to the pain site for 20 minutes intermittently.
- Massage: A professional massage can help reduce back and lower back pain.
- Yoga: Yoga helps you move your body in new, gentle ways to alleviate pain.
- Tai Chi: The benefits of Tai Chi for chronic pain may be controversial, but some experience positive effects of the therapy.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture places thin needles in specific points on your body to reduce pain.
- Music Therapy: Music therapists help you engage both your mind and body when listening to music. This has been shown to lessen the need for opioid medication.
Don’t limit yourself to just one therapy method. A study conducted by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has illustrated that a team of collaborative therapy providers may be most effective for chronic pain management. So if one method doesn’t suit you, maybe a combination will.
Methods to “Add to Cart”
Retail therapy can help too, especially if you choose your purchases with an eye toward self-care, and managing your pain at home.
- Heating Pad and Cooling Packs: These can make it easier for you to employ either hot or cold therapy to ease your pain.
- Wedge Pillow: The shape of a wedge pillow can help you sit comfortably in a way that eases hip and lower back pain.
- Lumbar Support Pillow: Placed behind your back, this pillow can improve your posture while seated, which may decrease your back pain.
- Yoga Mat: Do yoga in the comfort of your home with your own yoga mat and bricks.
- Probiotics and Turmeric: These are both anti-inflammatories that can help ease chronic pain.
- Phone Apps: There are many phone apps that aim to help manage chronic pain. These apps do not directly resolve pain, but rather act as a pain log or diary to help communicate concerns and symptoms to your doctor.
To learn more about chronic pain management, consult with your United Physicians Group provider. We will provide the best quality care possible to help you find a treatment method that works for you. Connect with us online or by calling (833) 523-0906.