Ten Alternative and Cost Effective Pain Management Techniques

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2004-04-17 19:53

Traditional pain management medication often creates an additional burden on the body and may not be an option for some people. It can also be quite costly.

Try some of these holistic approaches that are healthy for your body and cost you absolutely nothing. These techniques are helpful for chronic pain such as headaches, migraines, myofacial pain, muscular and connective tissue pain, organ pain and just pain in general.

1. Go into your pain.

Allow your pain to consume you and become one with it. Don't resist it. Just let it exist in its fullest extent. Welcome it and embrace it. When you resist pain it becomes stagnant, if you go into it, it will flow through you. This doesn't eliminate the pain, but releases the power it has over you and changes it form, therefore allowing you to function within it.

2. Breathe deep into the pain.

Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose with your mouth shut. The abdomen should distend on inhale, not your chest, and then exhale very slowly while focusing your mind and your breath into the area of pain. In your minds eye direct your breath into the pain. Visualize the breath flowing into the painful area and melting it away. Do this repeatedly until you feel it begin to release and then move to another pain area and begin again. It may take several breaths to release it. It may also take a lot of practice to train your mind to focus into the pain. I find this exercise more effective when I can close my eyes, but it is also helpful when your driving or in public places by doing the breathing without closing the eyes.

3. Stretch your face and jaw.

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