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Pain relief outside the pill bottle

June 18, 2012
  • By Kay Cahill Allison, Former Editor, Harvard Health


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John Harrison
August 15, 2012

Very thoughtful blog post! I agree with James, alternate therapies and techniques should be use more widely. Cheers from the UK

John Harrison

August 14, 2012

drug free and pain free therapies don’t always work. The medication does help some times but abusing it just ruins the purpose.

August 14, 2012

Great information has been shared. I would like to share it with others.

Jeanne Thompson
August 11, 2012

Suffering from physical pain because of plenty of internal and external factors is really a terrible experience. Pain management is an excellent approach to relieve that awful feeling so you can have a normal life. Don’t be afraid to try out non traditional methods for pain alleviation. There are a lot actually. Try them and find out what works best for you. Do not allow pain mess up your way of life. Synergy Institute

August 3, 2012

I have read that yoga can do a lot for pain relief- I guess that would fit under your category of ‘mind body relaxation’. There was a recent study that showed promise for people with a lot of back pain. I guess it would help for other body parts too.

Darlene Brown
July 29, 2012

I agree with this report. We feel pain for a reason – something is wrong. If you take the time to listen to your body and as a therapist, investigate what is going on with the body – you will find it is easily fixed without medications.
Our society is too quick to take the easy option of a ‘pill’ to reduce pain instead of changing lifestyle or investigating the why’s because that takes more effort. In many cases it is not until it becomes a regular occurrence that people get frustrated and look into the problem behind the pain.
Society has become a victim of pharmaceutical marketing and the idea of others fixing their problems.

July 29, 2012

I prefer hypnosis as the best pain relief. It’s natural and so there is no side effects! I strongly recommend that.

July 26, 2012

There are some herbal supplements that may help in alleviating pain as well. There is good scientific evidence to suggest that bromelian, clove, and Devil’s Claw can relieve one of aches and pains. It’s always best to check with your doctor before taking these supplements, but as mentioned in the article, some of these alternative therapies provide benefit with fewer side-effects.
Note: These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent Natural Standard’s positions, strategies or opinions.

July 13, 2012

I agree, pain medication usage has become an epidemic in the USA and not everyone knows about the potential side effects and actual dangers these pills can expose you to. I know about an amazing mthod that stopps tension headache in 5 minutes (!) using pressure points in the neck.

Eric Pollitt
June 22, 2012

I submitted an informative comment, including how to help with sciatia (inflammation of the largest nerve in the body), but Harvard will not post it? Serious, the enzymes I wrote of are the only thing that helped and will not hurt you. 800mg Motrin/Advil 4X a day will end up harming you.

June 21, 2012

I’m in the UK and really enjoy your informative newsletter.
Can you advise me and others who are hypermobile, please?
Recently i have been told that I must not do the regular stretching exercises because my ligaments are already too slack and I will make them worse. To give you an idea – I was able to lock back my knee the day after replacement surgery. My two children also have this condition.
Where should one look to find suitable joint strengthening exercise, please? It’s too late for me at 66 but others may benefit.
Biofeedback and O.T. are the only pain control methods I haven’t tried, plus others you don’t mention. Even Fentanyl patches won’t now hold off the pain and nsaids have ruined my stomach lining so now take COX2 for anti-inflamation. Any other pain control methods would be welcomed, I’m experience a pain level now which overides ‘controlled’ drugs.

June 21, 2012

I have read that yoga can do a lot for pain relief- I guess that would fit under your category of ‘mind body relaxation’. There was a recent study that showed promise for people with a lot of back pain. I guess it would help for other body parts too.


June 20, 2012

Excellent blog and very informative. I believe it is very important to spread the word that pain relief is available outside of medication as so many seem oblivious to this knowledge. It is sad how many rely totally on pain relief drugs and have no understanding of why they have ‘good’ days and ‘bad’ days.

James Andrey
June 19, 2012

Prescription medication has purpose and place in the medical field and has definitely proven to be beneficial in helping millions of people overcome their diseases, but why not try a drug-free pain-relief therapies and techniques.

James Andrey

June 18, 2012

replace all the pills with a placebo pill… cant be as bad. sometimes its so second nature its become psychological.

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