SUPPORTIVE THERAPIES FOR PAIN RELIEF
Pain medications can play a large role in pain relief, but did you know that adding supportive therapies to your treatment plan can expand your arsenal in the fight against pain? Remember to always consult with your doctor first before beginning any treatment.
Here are a few things you should know when you start researching supportive therapies:
- There are many different names for supportive therapies that all mean the same thing, like alternative medicine, holistic therapy and CAM (short for complementary and alternative medicine).
- Supportive therapies for pain relaxation and pain relief are often most successful when combined with mainstream medical therapies. Doctors call this "integrative medicine."
- What works for one person might not work for another. And it may take some trial and error to figure out which therapy or therapies work best for your type of pain.
- Many supportive therapies are available at pain management centers across Singapore. Ask your doctor to help you locate a center or refer you to a specialist.
We've done some of the research for you already so you can start weighing your options.
Some of the more common types of pain relaxation techniques include guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation and meditation. Learn more about how to improve your mind, body and spirit through pain therapy.
Many pain sufferers find yoga quite beneficial in relieving pain. In fact, yoga’s original intention was to help make the body healthy and strong so it could tolerate being uncomfortable or in intense pain.
Today, yoga is used primarily for fitness and relaxation, but also still to reduce pain through pain relaxation. Three aspects of yoga — breathing, relaxation and meditation — help keep your mind off of pain, lower your tension in response to pain and go beyond the pain. The physical poses of yoga also help relax your muscles. Plus, certain yoga poses actually help ease specific types of pain.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential plant oils to promote psychological and physical well-being. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can have positive effects on mood, alertness, stress and pain management. It is believed that smelling these oils can stimulate the brain’s limbic system, and ease anxiety and pain.
Aromatherapy can be administered through the following methods:
- Putting a few drops into a diffuser which contains water
- Direct inhalation with an inhaler
- Application to the skin